Love antique silver lamps, but cannot afford them? This simple faux silver paint treatment will allow you to transform an ordinary Lamp Base into an antique silver treasure that is well suited for vintage décor, shabby chic home décor, and even modern home decor.
This Antique Silver Lamp Base is also a beautiful hostess gift for anyone who loves to decorate in vintage silver, antique silver, or a formal décor.
There are a few differ coats of paint in this Antique Silver Lamp Base project, so you will need a few days to complete the entire craft project. You won’t be working all day, but the drying paint will take some time.
I also recommend practicing this on a scrap piece of material to see if you like the antique silver paint finish first.
To Make a Antique Silver Lamp Base You Will Need:
Interior Grey Paint
Metallic Silver Glaze
Polyurethane (oil base)
The first step you are going to have to do is sand your Lamp Base with some sand paper. You should do this no matter what material the lamp base is made from. Wipe the excess dust away with a damp cloth.
Now, let this dry. Paint on your primer onto the Lamp Base. Use a gray tinted primer if possible. Also, try to use a spray primer when you can. It will be smoother.
Now, let the primer dry.
Now, when applying any type of antique silver or silver glaze to a Lamp Base is to choose the right base coat of interior latex paint.
This is the most important part of the entire Antique Silver Lamp Base craft project.
You need to paint the Lamp Base with a base coat of interior latex paint in a color that will complement the antique silver glaze.
Silver antique glazes applied over a base coat of white or black gives an unprofessional look that is streaky and unfinished looking.
Now, once your primer is dry you simply paint on the base interior coat of latex paint in the medium to dark gray color. Allow this paint color to dry. You may want to apply two coats.
Now, roll on the silver glaze with a foam roller. You could also paint it on your jewelry box with a soft bristled paintbrush in an X motion. The great thing about a faux antique silver paint treatment that uses glaze is that glaze can often stay wet a little longer than traditional paint, which extends the time you have to work with it on the Lamp Base.
Now, once this antique sterling silver glaze has dried you have to apply about three coats of an oil base polyurethane to your Lamp Base. If you notice, we have been using latex paint to get the silver look, but we need the protection of oil to keep our Faux Painted Antique Silver Lamp Base and keep it from getting scratched. Allow each coat to dry, and then apply another coat of the oil-based polyurethane.