Crusty, Rusty DIY

by Sherry

This is a DIY project where you can take almost anything and give it a old, crusty, rusty appearance. I chose a $2.00 lamp to experiment on.  This is what I was going for:


This was a make it up as I go project. First I started with a shiny brass lamp I found for $2.00 at a junk store. Of course, I started painting before I  remembered the camera.
First I spray painted the lamp two coats of white.
Next I took craft paint in Burnt Umber and Brick Red and dry brushed these colors on the lamp. I was trying to achieve a rusty appearance. You want to leave some of the white showing.
At this point I am thinking this is the ugliest thing and I should just abandon this project!  It could not look any worse so I decided to persevere. Next I took wall Spackle and randomly applied it to the lamp. I started out using a small trowel but found out it worked better using my fingers. Leave areas of the dark paint showing.
Just play with the Spackle until you get a look you are happy with.  Below is the final result.
And another close up.
If you wanted a smoother appearance use your dampened  finger to smooth while the Spackle is still wet. You can also lightly sand when dry.
I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day. We celebrated yesterday with our son and family. Our community pool opened this weekend and the grandchildren had so much fun swimming. Afterwards we had a cookout at our house.  It was a fun time and good food.

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Cathy May 31, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Great process! You took an old lamp and turned in to a cottage dream…love it!


Love the coral too!

sweet european dreams May 31, 2010 - 11:05 pm

nice transformation!

sissie May 31, 2010 - 11:14 pm

That was very ingenious!! Love how it turned out.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) May 31, 2010 - 11:17 pm

The lamp looks gorgeous. I love it. Fantastic job. Hugs, Marty

Crystal June 1, 2010 - 1:05 am

Nice project!!

kim June 1, 2010 - 1:37 am

Wow, that looked like fun playing with paint and spackle. Looks old and crusty for sure.

McCarthy Designs June 1, 2010 - 3:36 am

Great result Sherry! I am glad that you persevered and finished it! Thanks for sharing. xx

Ann @ makethebestofthings June 1, 2010 - 3:57 am

This really looks like a vintage find now! Clever woman!

Anne - Fiona and Twig June 1, 2010 - 6:22 am

This is so cool, Sherry! I love it!


Dawn June 1, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Yep i like it too well done for carrying on!

love Dawn xx

Shellbelle June 1, 2010 - 7:23 pm

What can I say, brilliant!

Nice and Easy Antiques June 2, 2010 - 2:51 am

Smart!!! and easy to do! Your lamp looks fab, congrats!!!

32˙North June 2, 2010 - 3:38 am

Hi Sherry,

What a fun project! Something you'll enjoy every day and a great look!


trish June 2, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Looks great!

~~Carol~~ June 2, 2010 - 1:04 pm

Your lamp turned out wonderful! You just saved yourself a ton of money, because anything with that great finish costs a fortune! This is my first White Wednesday, and I'm very happy to meet you!
Happy WW!

One Cheap B*tch June 2, 2010 - 3:24 pm

It looks gorgeously shabby chic now! =) Coming over from Coastal Charm and a happy new follower!


Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue June 2, 2010 - 4:10 pm

I love that you kept going, it looks fabulous!

[email protected] Ground June 2, 2010 - 7:56 pm

Great idea, glad you kept going, the result looks wonderful!

Lou Cinda June 3, 2010 - 1:34 pm

SHUT UP! This looks GREAT!! It is a good thing you just kept going because it really looks FAB!!

Great job!!

Lou Cinda 🙂

Allison @ House of Hepworths June 4, 2010 - 1:21 am

That turned out great!! I love it.

laurie @ bargain hunting June 4, 2010 - 3:30 am

Sherry, you are so smart and so brave! I would not have tackled this makeover without directions, but you sure turned it into a great lamp! laurie

[email protected] June 4, 2010 - 2:39 pm

I think it looks terrific!!

Great job!!


Michelle @ Sweet Something June 8, 2010 - 2:56 am

Hmmm, that technique looks familiar…..your lamp turned out nice!

eatlotsachocolate June 9, 2010 - 6:17 pm

The lamp is awesome. You are so good at creating things. I had an antique store years ago and I really enjoyed the time spent there.
I appreciated your thoughts and hope you come back to visit often. That incident happened twenty years ago and it was a great learning experience for a novice. Hopefully I won't forget the lesson learned.
Hope you have a great summer.
P.S. I am now a followr


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