Painted DIY Lamp Makeover

Painting is one of my favorite easy DIY projects because it so quickly and inexpensively changes the look of an object or room. I used a new paint color line to transform this blah, clearance Target lamp into a pretty lamp for my home!

Easy DIY Lamp Makeover with Paint

Hi friends! Are you getting back into the back-to-school mode, or are you in denial and trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer? I don’t know about where you live, but in my city, schools start back on Tuesday. And since my hubby is a teacher and a coach, he had to go back yesterday. Boo.

I actually have a love/hate relationship with summer. I love the water and enjoying being outside near it, but my type A, get ‘er done personality struggles with the lack of structure and carefreeness of the summer months. I’ve gotten better at letting it all go over the past 5 years, but I can’t deny that the beginning of the school year with all of its structured goodness doesn’t make me a little giddy. (All of you summer lovers, don’t throw stones, OK??)

OK, enough of the chitter chatter … and back to this lamp.

Pre-painted Target clearance lamp

I snagged this lovely lamp and its twin in the Target clearance aisle months ago. I never loved the color of the wood, but who can pass up perfectly brand new $5 lamp bases? Not me! I used this one “as is” in my Spring decor for a little while before I decided that I really didn’t like the color of the base, especially with that shade, and definitely not in that spot.

So, I tucked it away in my stash and pulled out another lamp makeover.

When Ace Hardware came out with their new OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington last month, I knew exactly what needed an update! Yep, you read that right. Ace has partnered with the fabulous nail lacquer company, OPI, to bring 18 fun accent colors to The Paint Studio. The 18 colors are divided into collections: the Artist, the Wild Heart & the Romantic. I don’t know about you, but I always use OPI nail polish when I’m painting my nails. {My favorite color, though, is now discontinued, so maybe my new paint color can double as my new pedicure color!}

And what a genius idea to turn nail polish colors into paint colors? Why hasn’t anyone done this before?? Note: the squiggly line colors below are Clark+Kensington colors, which pair nicely with the OPI colors. Just so you’re not confused. :)

the Wild Heart Collection from OPI with Clark+Kensington

I chose My Pointe Exactly from the Wild Heart collection. It’s a soft, light gray that looks beautiful on my pretty new lamp!

I used Clark+Kensington’s Paint and Primer in one semi-gloss enamel paint, so no need to prime it first. I gave the lamp a quick sanding, wiped it down and started painting. {Thanks Ace for providing the paint!}

Painted Lamp Prep with Clark+Kensington Paint

And in just a couple hours my lamp was transformed and ready to be displayed. I haven’t quite decided where it’s going to go. Maybe in a new baby room, perhaps?? :)

Easy DIY Lamp Makeover with Paint

Do you tend to wear the same colors that you use in your home?

Which nail lacquer color would you choose?

Now I’m off to schedule another pedicure …

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And thanks to Ace, I’m giving away a $100 gift card for you to create your own paint transformation, or whatever your heart desires! Please follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with the paint to makeover my lamp. They also compensated me for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.


  1. says

    Nearly all of my polishes are OPI, but I can’t pick a favorite! They’re all great. And the names trump all… one of my dreams is to get to name OPI colors someday! Or Clark + Kensington + OPI paint colors… that would be awesome as well 😉

  2. Victoria says

    Mainely Lobster! I actually got a mani while on vacation last year in the south and the color was Cajun Shrimp, so I guess I have a thing for the crustaceans. Just found your blog and love it! I will be doing a lamp DIY tonight, thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Deborah Gardner says

    I love and would buy the Garden Stone color of OPI paint! I would use it in my bedroom!

  4. Michelle T says

    I love, love Gargantuan Green Grape! That mint color is all over my wardrobe already, in sure its look amazing on my walls! (Maybe my nails too!)

  5. sylvia faye says

    Colour speaks to everyone in a different way. Having been a colour consultant I can feel your excitment and joy over this new colour for your home. Thank you for hosting this great giveaway that every home will/would appreciate.

  6. says

    YAY! It looks pretty. I just painted a couple of silver lamps aqua that look very similar to yours. 😉 Have a lovely weekend.

  7. Dianne Stavropoulos says

    Hi! My favorite OPI color has been discontinued too. Chapel of Love. Always love looking at new paint colors.

  8. Nicole Dz says

    I would choose the keeping suzi at bay color by OPI. Love this color so much, very pretty!

  9. Samantha says

    I’d love to paint my front door Chick Flick Cherry…..such a cool name and color.

  10. Tiara Harvey says

    I love so many of them! But my favorite (right now) would have to be Suzy Says Feng Shui!

  11. Annette Holbrook says

    My Vampire is Buff or Chick Flick Cherry! (I couldn’t decide between the two!)

  12. Tawnya Marney says

    I am torn between Can;t find my Czecbook and Suzi says feng shui. Love those!

  13. Mary says

    I just purchased a Goodwill lamp yesterday and I can see it in Gargantuan Green Grape!