Before you begin refurbishing your floor lamp, make sure it is not plugged in and all light bulbs are removed.
Old lamps collect dust and cobwebs. Before you begin refurbishing your floor lamp, remove the lampshade and set it aside. Then, clean the lamp frame thoroughly with a cleansing wipe or a solution of water and vinegar on a rag. Be careful not to get any water or moisture in the light socket.
After you sand the lamp frame, apply a primer and paint in multiple thin coats. Make sure you select the right kind of primer and paint for your lamp frame. Apply any primer or paint in a well-ventilated area. Make sure you let the paint completely dry before putting everything back together. This can take anywhere from a couple of hours to overnight. Just make sure it is no longer sticky or tacky before bringing it back into your home.
While you are waiting for the primer and paint to dry on your lamp frame, start refurbishing the lamp shade. You can refurbish a lampshade in the following ways:
– cover the outside of the shade with fabric
– apply buttons or other embellishments
– decoupage paper or wallpaper on the outside of the shade
– paint on stenciled letters or designs
– apply ribbons in a variety of patterns
– cover in gold leaf
After all, the paint has dried, and your shade is ready for re-assembly, remove the painter’s tape and newspaper covering the light sockets and power plug. Your floor lamp is now ready to display in your home.