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Reader Question: How Can I Refurbish Old Table Lamps?

Reinvent your old table lamps with cleaning solution, primer, and enamel paint

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Q: Lately, I've been trying to re-decorate my home. I would like to know what kind of paint would be best for painting lamp bases. I have two lamps that used to be gold and I don't want to get rid of them because of their classic curves. How do I prepare these items for repainting? 

A: To prepare your lamps for painting, you have to remove the rust with chemical cleaners. After cleaning the bases, paint them with a rustproof primer, and finish off with enamel paint. You can buy cleaning solutions, primers, and enamel paints at your local hardware store or home depot. Good luck!

Click here for another step-by-step guide to reinvent a table lamp.

Read the original article ("Ask It") in the June 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

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