I have big plans forming in my head regarding a certain chandelier in my dining room. I want to give it that aged wood look. And you know how I feel about slapping lipstick on pigs. I wanted to do a practice round first though since I haven’t done this technique before. So this little table lamp that has been a part of my life since 2004 got a little update.
Chalk paint is pretty amazing and it’s pathetic that I have never really used it before. It goes on so easy and with no prep work. I had no idea what all can be achieved with just chalk paint and dark wax. You can mimic the look of aged wood without touching a sanding block. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more of these projects. If you get a hot second get on Pinterest and do some research or just follow me and let me do the hard work for you.
While I can’t say this is the exact idea I had in my head for this lamp it turned out great. And because (once again) my impatience won out I did mess up a little. I think I have written that exact sentence in every single post so far. But in the end it all works out. I haven’t decided if this is how I want my chandelier to look so I might be doing some more practice projects. I love practice projects.
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- Chalk paint Any brand chalk paint will do.
- Dark wax (any dark wax will do as well)
- Small bristle brush
- Wine if your kids are still home from school
This whole project was quick and easy. I applied the chalk paint to my lamp with just a regular brush. I went light on the paint and wasn’t too particular. I wanted this lamp to look aged so perfect paint wasn’t necessary. And I only did one coat.
After your lamp has dried put some dark wax on a papertowel and just start buffing it on the lamp. I just kept playing around until I was happy with the look. I did use a cheap bristle brush to get in some tight spots.
I got really excited in the beginning and you can tell where I applied too much wax near the bottom of the lamp. A little goes along way. But if you get really excited like I did you can apply a small fresh coat of wax and try to buff off the old wax, sometime it works.
And this lamp is even dog approved
This is a perfect project for those thrift store lamps you do not what to do with. I’m off to work on another practice project.