I had an old lamp base that I liked very much, but I wasn’t thrilled with the finish on the wood. So I decided to jazz it up a bit with a spray can of HAMMERED paint by Rust-Oleum. It’s perfect for painting over wood, metal, plaster, ceramics and previously painted surfaces. Plus, it creates a textured finish to replicate the look of a hammered metal surface.

                Lamp before painting                               Lamp after painting

Before painting it, I taped off the cord and the socket with painter’s tape to make sure I didn’t get paint where I didn’t want it. Then with a sanding sponge, I lightly sanded the surface since the wood has a clear topcoat on it for protection.

Tape up lamp socket before painting.       Sand wood base with sanding sponge.

With spray paint in hand, I carefully sprayed the base in a steady sweeping motion, making sure that the paint didn’t puddle and run down the sides. It’s a good idea to spray several light coats instead of one heavy one.

          Apply several light coats of spray paint to the lamp, and allow it to dry.

Once the paint dried, I could really see the hammered detail of the paint texture. Adding a beautiful mosaic lampshade was the perfect touch in completing the project.

Rust-Oleum HAMMERED series paint comes in several different colors and metal finishes, including bronze, silver, gold and copper. I like the fact that it can be used both indoors and outdoors and can be sprayed right over rusted areas on metal surfaces like patio furniture.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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