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How to Paint a Lamp

Hello friends, it’s time for this month’s 10 Minute Decorating ideas!! Today I’m sharing how to paint a lamp.


It’s official, I’ve decided that spray paint is my life long best friend. I have never met a can that I didn’t like. With the correct prepping, you can transform just about anything.

Spray paint a lamp and make it look like milk glass

After we moved, we gave a lot of stuff to family and friends. This lamp had a boomerang effect. Jessica, my DIL took it home and brought it back. You see, I usually say if you don’t want it, just bring it back or we need to keep this in the family.

Milk Glass lamp transformation

Glass lamp transformation with spray paint

It’s really not that bad, the color just wasn’t working for any of us. I love the details and thought it would look great spray painted to look like milk glass.


  • painters tape
  • sand paper
  • plastic bag
  • spray paint


  1. Wrap the cord and socket.
  2. Lightly sand with 120-220 grit sand paper.
  3. Be sure to remove any dust or debris.
  4. Using spray paint – check the label – make sure it will work on glass.
  5. Lightly spray the lamp base (2 or 3 coats if needed).

The waiting for the lamp to dry takes longer than 10 minutes but this is such a quick and easy project, I think everyone should try it! Grab that spray paint and paint a lamp 🙂

Use tape and a plastic bag to protect area that you don't want to paint

  • I used plastic and painters tape to wrap the bulb area.

cover the cord before painting

  • I pushed the cord in to the base and covered the plug with painters tape. Valspar Milk Glass
  • I used Valspar Milk Glass vintage glass effect spray paint color: Antique White

Simple lamp makeover with spray paint

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you found these fast and easy ideas helpful!




Fast and easy spray paint idea for a new milk glass look


  1. I ran out of white spray paint yesterday. I’ll try the brand you used. So many ideas in this post!! Thx as always.

  2. Very cool paint! I love your makeover – such a gorgeous lamp with gorgeous milk glass look!

  3. Love the transformation

  4. It looks great and can’t tell you painted it.

  5. What an incredible transformation! I never would have guessed that was the same lamp! LOVE it!

  6. I’ve never given milk glass a lot of thought but this looks very top-drawer in the after pics. Thanks

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