DIY Gold Faceted Lamp

May 14, 2014Allison Murray

Make your own faceted gold lamp and save big bucks. This one was only $30 for the lamp, paint and shade. Genius!

I had been jonesing for a gold faceted lamp for quite some time. I’d search online and come up with absolutely bupkis. Every search was an absolute bust. And then one day I found it. Lo and behold there was FINALLY a gold faceted lamp for sale.

Unfortunately it was also 200 bucks which is waaaaaay too rich for my blood. You see I kind of have this rule where I don’t pay the same amount as a car payment for anything decorative that I’ll probably be over in a year.  But I must admit, I was totally wavering when that sucker went on sale to $125. I could ALMOST rationalize it. But in the end, I was just too darn cheap.

Make your own faceted gold lamp and save big bucks. This one was only $30 for the lamp, paint and shade. Genius!

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And then one day walking through Wal-Mart I happened to spy this orange lamp that stood out among all of the other white and gold and silver lighting that are vanilla enough that they can fit into just about every home. Maybe it was the fact that it was faceted (hurrah!) or perhaps it was the bright freaking orange that caught my attention, but either way I was homing in on it like nobody’s business.

Russell: “Why are we going this direction?”
Me: “Lamp.”
Russell: “We don’t need any lamps.”
Me: “It’s faceted.”
Russell: “Huh?”
Me: “Going to spray paint it gold.”
Russell: “Seriously? What’s with spray painting everything gold?”

You see when I get into that frame of mind you’d better be cool with one word answers because the gears they are a turnin’ for something and it ain’t conversation.

Make your own faceted gold lamp and save big bucks. This one was only $30 for the lamp, paint and shade. Genius!

I got home and INSTANTLY started painting this thing. First a coat of primer.

Now quick tip, I was told by a very nice fellow in customer service at a graffiti store that if you use a dark primer your metallic paints will have more pop when sprayed on top.

Make your own faceted gold lamp and save big bucks. This one was only $30 for the lamp, paint and shade. Genius!

Followed by two coats of my favorite gold spray paint.

Make your own faceted gold lamp and save big bucks. This one was only $30 for the lamp, paint and shade. Genius!

And there it is! That is seriously all there was to it. Find the lamp, prime it, paint it, have a nice day and save 170 big ones.

Make your own faceted gold lamp and save big bucks. This one was only $30 for the lamp, paint and shade. Genius!

Let’s look at that again. Above is $200…

Make your own faceted gold lamp and save big bucks. This one was only $30 for the lamp, paint and shade. Genius!

And here is $30. I think I’m definitely the winner here! Here’s the break down:

Lamp $15
Shade $10
Paint $4
For a total of $29.

So keep those eyes peeled for your own perfectly faceted but poorly colored lamp and get on this decorative gold train that’s happening!

Comments (14)

  • Stephanie

    May 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I love how this turned out!

  • Marguerite

    May 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Mom sprayed everything gold when I was little so don’t usually like gold spray painted things. But, your lamp is gorgeous. I think it’s prettier than the $200 lamp.

  • Daniela

    May 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Love the look, it looks better in gold than it did in orange.

  • Kathryn

    May 15, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I like yours a LOT better! Nice job!

  • Cindy

    May 16, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    What an amazing lamp. It is beautiful in its “gold” life, although, it was pretty amazing in its orange life. The facets do show up better with it being gold then they did orange. Enjoy your new lamp in good health!!! BTW, I am very jealous, lol!!!

  • Evie {Domestic Whimsy}

    May 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    I love this! Your DIY version rocks :)

  • Dionne

    May 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I spray paint everything gold! Great lamp.

  • Bethany

    May 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    LOVE it!!!!

  • Kristem

    August 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I love this! what spray paint did you use? If you could tell me the name of the primer and the gold, I’m doing a similar project and your gold looks amazing!
    Thanks!

    1. Allison Murray

      August 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      I use Rustoleum primer in gray and Rustoleum American Accents Bright Metallics, Gold!

  • Megan Flynn

    June 3, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Which brand of spray paint do you use?

    1. Allison Murray

      June 4, 2016 at 9:18 PM

      Rustoleum! I believe I linked to the paint in the needed items list.

  • Leslie

    June 24, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Looks great! I have the same exact lamps, same orange color. I spray painted mine navy blue! What size lamp did you use?

    1. Allison Murray

      June 25, 2016 at 8:33 AM

      To be honest mine broke in a recent move. I was SO disappointed! I’m not sure at all what size it was but I’m glad you still have yours. Navy sounds FAB!

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