DIY Brushstroke Lamp

November 8, 2016

diy brush stroke lamp

I admit, I can be a bit crazy at times. You see, I have a serial re-decorating condition where I am constantly changing the decor in my home.

My Β condition has left me with plenty of left-over decor including lamps, vases and plenty of pillows (just ask my husband).

Recently inspired by a Bunny Williams lamp, I decided to make use of a neglected one- just rotting away in my garage.

Today I am sharing a tutorial for this DIY brush stroke lamp.

diy brush stroke lamp

diy brush stroke lamp

Ideally, I would have used a more substantial lamp for this project but all I had in my garage were puny, skinny ones. So I just worked with what I had…sort of like shaking what my mama gave me.

If you don’t have a spare lamp to use, I suggest going to your local thrift store and finding a lamp with a shape you love (don’t worry about the color as you will be painting over it.)

Materials Needed:

  • Lamp (duh!)
  • Rustoleum Painter’s Touch White gloss spray paint (with primer)
  • Acrylic Paint of Your Choice (I used Folk Art’s True Blue)
  • 1 inch paint brush
  • Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel Spray Paint

So this is what I started off with.

diy brush stroke lamp

I first spray painted it with the White Gloss paint pictured below.

diy lamp

After letting the lamp dry for 48 hours, I was left with this blank canvas of a lamp.

diy lamp

After practicing my brush stroke technique on some scrap paper, I began to apply my brush strokes onto the lamp with my blue, acrylic craft paint.

diy lamp

modern diy brush stroke lamp

After the composition was complete, I allowed the lamp to dry for another 48 hours. Then to give the lamp not only a high gloss sheen, but a protective layer, I applied “Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel” spray paint. Β .

**My warning with this product, is be sure to apply only light, even coats. You may want to practice application of this product before you actually paint the lamp. On one area of my lamp, I got some air bubbles (where I applied the product too thick).**

diy modern brush stroke lamp

Over all, this was a super easy project. I love how the vibrant colors of the brush stroke added so much personality to the lamp. The blue and white color combination is very reminiscent of my latest love, chinoiserie ginger jars, but with a modern, artistic vibe.

diy brush stroke lamp

Now get out there and design some good vibes.

Much Love,


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    1. Too cute Erica! What a great look for less!

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