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hanging globe lamp

Look What I Did!


This is totally new kind of post, because I did something I’ve never done before yesterday!

I took an old ugly brassy hanging globe style lamp…and turned it in to something beautiful! Something that I am seriously proud to show off!

hanging globe lamp


Sadly, I did think to take a “before” picture until I took it apart!

This was fairly easy project. I took the lamp the same way you would change the light bulb, unscrew three little screws and then the insides came out. I knew I wanted to paint the metal parts a silvery color so I just cut the old cord off with wire cutters and saved the part that the bulb actually screws into.

Insides of the Lamp

Then I had to wash all the pieces that need to be painted, and globe because it was very dusty. You can see the ugly old brass color. Ick!

Rust-oleum Metallic Paint and Primer in One Satin Nickel

I used Rust-Oleum Universal Advanced Formula Metallic Paint & Prime in One in the Stain Nickel color. I loved the matte look and the easy looking spray can. (And it was only about $7 at Home Depot) This paint was remarkably easy to use, and I don’t have the best track record with spray painting. I tend to be sloppy and impatient!

Lamp Insides

All laid out and ready to paint!

It took three or four coats to get it all painted and looking perfect! It took several coats to get all the cracks and angles. Totally worth it.

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Rewiring the the cord was very easy! I bought this handy little kit from Lowe’s for $13!

12 ft Sway Light Kit

It had all the parts and directions! Replacing all the chain was way easier than trying to paint the old one. And the old cord was just that…old and the plastic coating was cracking so replacing it just made sense. Plus the color was all wrong.

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TA-DA! How funny that with the lighting the metal looks brassy in this picture! It doesn’t in real life, it looks beautiful! Seriously, I love this lamp! I love that its old fashioned, but still modern and fresh looking thanks to a little spray paint, and new cord.

The plan is for this lamp to go into Baby Girl’s room! It doesn’t give off a ton of light but has pretty glow that will be perfect lighting for late night feedings.

I really had a lot of fun upcycling this lamp, now on the next project!