Country Primitive Chalk Painted Lamp Makeover

Finished chalk painted lamp

Ok, so I had this really weird thing happen to my lamp, it’s like it got chicken “pops” (that’s what The First Kid called them) or something, weird right? I love, love, love this little lamp so I had to give her some love with our homemade chalk paint recipe.

Chalk paint bathroom lamp

Look out honey, you are getting a makeover!

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Chalk paint bathroom lamp before

See the weird little ‘Chicken Pops”?

I was so excited to be using homemade chalk paint, I really like the idea of having more control of the texture when it’s all finished. Chalk paint is an easy way to get a “Country/Primitive” finish without a lot of steps like other methods.

Chalk paint is especially useful when you have a piece of furniture you are too lazy to prep properly.

(Don’t get all offended, I can say lazy because I am the Queen of Lazy home decor projects!)

Dry plaster of Paris

Dry plaster of paris powder

I wanted a really thick paint to cover the spots that had appeared on the sad little lamp shade so my recipe goes like this:

*1/4 Cup Plaster of Paris powder

*Enough water to thicken to a smooth paste (See photo below)

*1/4 Cup Paint

~Mix the powder and water together to make a paste, be sure to scrape the bottom of the container to get it all mixed in.

~Throw the paint in there, mix it up


Plaster of Paris for chalk paint

This is the perfect consistency for a nice thick layer of chalk paint that will adhere to just about anything!

Paint and plaster of paris mixture

This is what you get when you mix the paint into the plaster (Bad example since they are basically the same color, sorry)

You have to work fast with chalk paint, especially with extra plaster of paris loaded in it; the paint dries super quick and will leave ridges and bumps if you are not careful to brush them out.

Use old kinda gnarly brushes because the plaster is pretty rough on them.

chalk paint on lamp shade

Start slappin’ it on and hope for the best!

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See how the chalk paint fills all the holes and covers so well, this is why I love it!

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Hold up to the light to see just what you miss

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I wanted to add some antiquing but was too lazy to get stain out so I just grabbed some burnt umber paint on the same brush to accent the lines of the shade.

chalk painted lamp shade

Here is the painted shade along with the painted Queen, LOL

Sanding lamp for Country Primitive Decor

Scuffed the lamp up just a bit

Burgundy homemade chalk paint

Burgundy chalk paint, more water added than for the shade’s paint.

chalk painted lamp

First coat of burgundy, looks pink but don’t worry it gets darker.

Chalk paint is kinda touchy, sometimes it changes the original paint color so just beware. In order to get the base to darken up enough with the chalk paint I had to put on a second coat; cue Jeopardy music. I HATE WAITING!

Country primitive lamp ready to be sanded

Let’s sand this puppy!

I recommend a block of wood wrapped in sandpaper any time you are looking to take the edges off of a project. A foam sanding block will rub against the rest of the paint and leave weird scratch marks or worse it will turn Burgundy paint Pink when lightly scratched.

Sanding down the corners for a primitive look

Painted edges are gone, check out #smudgenizzy helping in the background

If you were going to antique your piece you would do so now with stain, or coffee, or antiquing medium.

JOhnson's paste wax for chalk painting

Love me some paste wax!

I know it seems super old fashioned but I love Johnson’s Paste Wax, I use it everywhere from craft projects, to the floor, to my favorite cowboy boots that I have had longer than the First Kid!

Johnson's paste wax for country primitive craft projects

Just a peek to see what it’s all about

paste waxing a country primitive lamp

Grab an old sock and just start applying the wax!

I love old socks for these projects; just slide your whole hand in so you don’t have to worry about holding onto a rag while you wax your finished piece.

You need a very little wax at a time, I only dip one finger into the wax container.

Start in one spot and just start working your way out covering the wood completely in a light coat of wax. After all of your chalk paint is covered in wax grab a clean rag, like an old bath towel, and wipe the piece down removing all the excess wax.

Finished chalk painted lamp

Finished chalk painted lamp, doesn’t she look so much better?

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