What a perfect opportunity for a painted decor update to demonstrate the amazing coverage and durability of Old World Paint.
Yes, please! SOLD!
Sometimes knowing the "feel" you want a piece to have can be of great help in selecting a colour (especially when Old World Paint has more than 50 to choose from!)
I knew I wanted a bright, happy shade . . .
I narrowed it down to Coral Reef and Lemon Drop — each would transform the lamp wonderfully!
So Lemon Drop for the win!!!
I'm just loving the first coat. Even though it looks a bit spotty, the coverage is amazing. I mean...this is METAL (well, it's brass but you get the gist!) and the paint glided on like butter and covered the brassy glow with ease!
I used a natural bristle brush because I wanted subtle hand-painted brush strokes and to expose the brass...just a little bit. This is also why I left it unsealed, to create a matte, chalky look with lots of texture.*
*For a smoother finish, I would've used a Cling On Brush.
Once dried (it was a warm day, so it was fully dry in 20 minutes) the second coat covered the first like a star!
The endless options are what I appreciate about Old World Paint and other genuine natural paints — there are so many ways you can take things. You don't have to start all over, you can add, change, alter, distress, seal, layer without a major commitment. You can change your mind!
It's pretty important to have realistic expectations when painting unusual surfaces.
I painted the lamp about two weeks ago and it does not hold up to the scratch test...if I get my fingernail and scratch it, the paint comes off.
There are a few reasons for this:
1. It hasn't fully cured, paint curing varies dependent upon the surface, weather, etc...
2. I didn't do ANY prep which would've been advisable from a durability perspective
3. It is unsealed, sealing with Aqua Sealer would give it the ooompph it needs to withstand abuse
4. I prefer imperfection and want the lamp surface show wear with time and use
It's all here...for the love...
What We Used:
Natural Bristle Paint Brush
Designed to hold paint and distribute it evenly eliminating excessive brush marks. Built to last.
This multi-functional brush can be used with paint or oil. Natural bristles holds product well & flat bristles allow access to tight areas & detail.
Keep your brushes in good condition with:
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Large Wax Brush
Fusion Brush Cleaner
Cling On Paint Brushes — ROUND
Extremely easy to clean while maintaining their rounded shape. Tipped and flagged for exceptional cut-in capabilities and virtually no shedding.
High-quality, no-rust stainless steel ferrule and 100% synthetic (vegan-friendly) bristles for use with all water-based paints. Will last up to 9 times longer than ordinary brushes.
- R12 Brush: A small brush for smaller items, especially useful on spindles/turned legs
- R18 Brush: Medium brush for targeted areas or general painting, excellent all-rounder
A must-have in every upcycler and painters' collection.
Do not remove the string-it helps give the bristles direction and tension. For new brushes, pull on bristles to remove loose hairs. Soak for 30 minutes before first use. If you notice brush strokes, there is too much paint on your brush.
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Cling on Flat Brushes
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