Left Over Primer Painted Table Lamp Makeover

We’ve got a wholotta primer paint left over from our painted vinyl basement floor job, and I plan to use as much of it as I can.  I’ve already used some of it up on the grain sack fishing cabinet, but there was plenty left, even after that (as in half a 5 gallon bucket), so I moved right on to a table lamp that used to be my moms.  


I remember, she purchased this table lamp when they moved into the retirement community a good 18 years ago.  Hunter green was pretty popular.  She even purchase hunter green faux wooden blinds for the windows in their den.

She was so proud of her hunter’s library-themed room.  I’ll never forget the look on her face once the blinds went up.  It makes me smile when I think back.

When she moved out of her townhouse, she no longer had room for this piece, so down it went into our basement and sat just the way it was throughout the scary basement years.


But as soon as half the basement floor was painted, I got down to business with the left over primer and waved bye-bye to Mr hunter.



Less was more with this makeover.

I simply applied several coats of the tinted floor primer over all parts and pieces with the exception of the lamp shade and the glass top.  I purposely had the primer tinted as close to the wall color as possible, and it is evident that the wall color and the tinted primer are a pretty close match.

A protective top coat of some kind would be recommended, although…I didn’t do that with this piece, though I should.


The lamp shade was switched with one from my living room and painted a color-blend of several craft paint grays.


The hanging game board art and over the couch shelf full of board games are busy enough as it is, so rather than placing yet another visually strong color into my game room basement scheme, the primer painted table lamp blends in with the wall, maybe even adds the illusion of a larger space!


What do you think?  Should I have gone all game-themey with this table lamp, or does the plain jane look work best with all the other business going on? Be honest…😉

Cost for this makeover:  $2.00 (for the craft paint on the lamp shade)

Checking another salvage off my list.

Oh happy day! ~ Amy

To see how I’m currently using it at our new home, read here.

Other basement update posts:

15 Tips for painting an open beamed ceiling

Painted vinyl basement floor

Grain sack painted fishing cabinet


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7 Responses to Left Over Primer Painted Table Lamp Makeover

  1. Anne@DesignDreams May 12, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    Awesome job Amy! I love this vignette!

  2. Cheryl in Wisconsin May 12, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    I vote plain jane. It looks good, nice work!

  3. chris aka monkey May 12, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    yes i am a plain jane kinda girl i like it xx

  4. Heather C May 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    This looks like a totally different lamp and base, you did good, your basement is really shaping up. Not a bad place to be.

  5. Feral Turtle May 13, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    What a difference. White just seems to clean things up. I love it! I think you chose the perfect color for this unit! Love the shade too!!

  6. Sharleen May 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    I like how it is. You did a good job. It’s got such a cute shape. The colour is perfect..

  7. Sherry May 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    You know I love white so the table is perfect to me… I can imagine some colorful magazines or some pop of color (maybe games?) at the bottom. Great job Amy!

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