I finally did it. I bought into all Pinterest hype and bought my first can of ORB spray paint. That's pinterest-talk for Oil Rubbed Bronze. Just in case you're as far behind the trend as I seem to be. :) Anywho, I finally found the perfect project to try it out on. You may remember that I found new lamps for our bedroom when I raided the thrift store... um... three months ago? Yes, they've been sitting unfinished and unused that long. BUT they are finally about to live up to their potential!
I started by covering all the parts I didn't want to paint. I used painters tape to cover the tops... and ran out of tape. So I just grabbed some aluminum foil to wrap up the cords. If I did it again I would get a little more tape to secure the foil to the cord right at the base of the lamp because the foil shifted a little as I moved the lamps around. Then I was ready to paint! This paint has a built in primer so I just dove right in. I did about 3-4 thin, even coats to get complete coverage. I started setting the lamps on an old box, but I found I had better luck getting even coverage on the curves by holding each lamp by the top and rotating them all around while I sprayed.
I only had to wait about a minute between coats so this really was a fast & easy makeover! After the final coat, I carefully took them in the garage to cure and air out for a couple days before removing the tape and hauling them up to the bedroom.
I have to say, I totally get why this paint is so popular. Holy cow. It is so rich and shimmery and actually looks like metal! I think I love it.
I'll share some better pics when I get the lamps shades on and... you know... the bed made. :)
Anybody else hopping on the ORB train? Anything you would LOVE to ORB? I have a whole list of things to try it on now :)