DIY Chalk Paint Lamp

diy annie sloan chalk paint lamp
You know I had to include a before photo. 

You know I had to include a before photo. 

Ok, so by now you've seen me use Chalk Paint on a lot of wooden furniture- but it really has so much more versatility than that. Here I'm going to show you how I used it on some inexpensive lamps I purchased at the Christmas Tree Shops to give them a whole new look. I believe we picked these lamps up for less than $20 a piece and now (as my neighbor recently informed me) they look like something you'd buy at Pottery Barn.

For this project you'll need a small pot of Annie Sloan paint in whichever color you choose, soft wax and dark wax, a paint brush and a cotton cloth. 

You can see these two colors mixed together makes a lighter, more pastel shade.

You can see these two colors mixed together makes a lighter, more pastel shade.

diy annie sloan chalk paint lamp

I decided to mix in some Old White with Arles Yellow to make the lamp a bit more subdued. Start mixing in a little and add more until you have the right shade.

After one coat of paint. Here I'm using the large Annie Sloan Pure Bristle brush.

After one coat of paint. Here I'm using the large Annie Sloan Pure Bristle brush.

I opted for yellow because it's truly one of my favorite colors (when I was two years old I'd tell everyone my favorite color was 'lellow). I won't lie, I also liked this color because I knew I'd be putting these lamps in our spare bedroom which will some day be a nursery and yellow is a very gender-neutral color... meaning I won't have to paint these lamps again! But you choose whichever color works in the room you'll be using them in and don't be afraid to mix colors together like I did. 
 

On the left you can see what two coats of paint looks like. On the right is one coat.

On the left you can see what two coats of paint looks like. On the right is one coat.

As you can see here, I used two coats of paint on these lamps. One small pot of paint should be enough for both lamps. Paint one coat, let dry for about twenty minutes then paint the second coat.

After a layer of dark wax.

After a layer of dark wax.

After adding a layer of soft wax which wiped some of the dark wax off while also protecting the finish.

After adding a layer of soft wax which wiped some of the dark wax off while also protecting the finish.

Using dark wax can be tricky to get the hang of at first. It goes on quite dark and you'll usually need to wipe some of it off so don't get scared when it's first applied. One option is to use the soft wax first and then layer in the dark (hypothetically this would allow you to wipe all the dark wax off if you didn't like it). Since I've used dark wax before I chose to layer it on first and then add the soft wax. This gave the lamps a more weathered and rustic feel. You can either use a wax brush to apply and then use the cotton cloth to rub it into the surface or just use the cloth for both purposes.

Wax on, wax off.

Wax on, wax off.

And here is our completed look! This only took about an hour and gives these lamps a whole new life. Look at how great the dark wax finish came out too!

I just love the finish I got from using the dark wax.

I just love the finish I got from using the dark wax.

The finished look.

The finished look.

What do you think? Will you be using Chalk Paint on more projects and surfaces in your house? Let me know in the comments!