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Easily add that timeless brass finish to your home decor without the hefty price tag. We’re sharing a table lamp makeover with a DIY antique brass finish. 

marble and copper finish lamp with antique bronze finish lamp

If you’ve been wandering up and down the home decor aisles lately, I am sure you’ve spotted something with a brass finish. What I love about it is that it can be modern but also industrial, depending on the finish.

Since we moved in, we haven’t had a lamp on both living room side tables. Brett build this beautiful antler lamp, with the intention of making another to match. And then life happened and building a lamp isn’t high on the priority list anymore.

After the millionth night of fighting over who gets to sit on the side of the couch with the lamp, I finally decided it was time to buy a matching set.

And then I started looking and my goodness, lamps can get expensive!

The motivation to buy another one was put on hold until I could find something on sale.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long. Last month I was perusing the clearance aisles at Hobby Lobby and just-so-happened to find two matching lamps for $20 each. It was a steal! While the marble and copper finish was lovely, it definitely isn’t our style.

I knew I wanted to give it a brass finish and after doing some research, decided to just give it a try.

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DIY Antique Brass Finish | The Supplies

DIY Antique Brass Finish | The Process

Spray the entire lamp (or whatever your making over) with two coats of brass spray paint.

DIY faux antique brass finish with vintage effects paint

Once it’s try, dip the sponge brush in the vintage effects paint and dab it onto the lamp.

brass table lamp

It works best to apply in small sections since it dries pretty quickly.

faux antique brass finish on table lamp

The first time through, I used a circular motion to wipe off the vintage effects. It worked well and looks “real.”

antique brass table lamp in living room

For the second lamp, I used more of a straight wiping motion instead of the circles. To me, it looked a little more natural and the vintage effects didn’t wipe off as much.

antique brass side table lamp

Once it’s dry, spray on a coat of polyurethane to prevent any chipping.

See, not too bad, right?!

rustic living room with antique brass lamps

If you’re not up for the DIY version, we’ve rounded up a few similar styles with that antique brass finish:

All our best,

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antique brass lamp on living room side table

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  1. Dagmar Bleasdale

    Dear Kellie and Brett, thank you for joining my link party. I love your DIY post about the brass finish – will definitely try it myself. Hope to welcome you back soon, warm regards,
    Dagmar Bleasdale

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Dagmar! And thanks for hosting a great linkup 🙂

  2. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Great tip about using the vintage effects paint. Will need to look into getting some. I have a plastic light that I’d prefer to look like from China! Visiting from Pretty Pintastic Party.

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you so much for stopping over, Victoria! And yes, you definitely should pick up some vintage effects – it’s a great craft paint to have on hand 🙂

  3. Rebekah Purnel

    WOW!!! Great idea to make old things new! I have some antique piece and these are too dirty. Was searching for the best idea to make them new. Your ideas have done it!!! Thanks for them!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you for the kind words, Rebekah! We’d love to see the finished product!

  4. judith collins

    Great write-up! I just posted this on Facebook and my followers really enjoyed it.
    I browse your site fairly often but I’ve never thought to comment.
    Anyway, keep up the good work. I really enjoy your posts.

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you so much, Judith! That means so much to us – we love writing and sharing and we appreciate your thought to comment and let us know!


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