The Restoration Hardware trend is so popular these days! If you search the web or check out Pinterest you can find hundreds of inspiration photos and tutorials that will help you achieve that weathered, dry brushed technique. I had a client who wanted a different look for her brass lamps and I suggested this kind of look for them. While the look is more on trend, it’s still an old world, yet modern finish perfect for a more updated interior.
These are the lamps in their original state. There were two pairs of lamps. One pair was going in her bedroom and the other in her living room. I started by cleaning the lamps very well with vinegar, dish detergent and hot water. I used a scotch brite pad to remove any grime and residue.
I primed the lamps with Zinzer’s Bin Shellac primer which works on pretty much all surfaces. I applied 2 coats letting them dry well in between each coat. I just used a chip brush to apply the primer.
Then I applied Sherwin Williams Ovation brand of paint in Virtual Taupe. I used a matte finish. I also did two coats here drying well in between each coat. The color is very similar to Annie Sloan’s Coco Chalk Paint.
I painted all the lamps two coats of the paint and let dry overnight.
After I finished base coating the lamps with the Virtual Taupe color I mixed up my own DIY liming wax . For the liming wax I used a glob of my Johnson’s Paste Wax and mixed in some white latex paint I had. I used enough paint so the color would be opaque enough but still have some translucency. For the lamps that I wanted to stay lighter I used my chip brush again and just brushed on the DIY liming wax all over the lamp. I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then I used my blue shop towel to wipe off the excess very gently. I wanted to keep the texture of the wax in the grooves of the brush marks of the paint. It gives a really interesting texture and almost looks like stone.
Here is another closeup of the white liming wax.
This is the dark wax. For this, I used my Johnson’s Paste wax again but this time I added some Minwax stain in Provincial. I used the same technique as before using my chip brush and applying the stain all over the lamp base. I let it sit for a while before wiping off very gently. You may have to apply a second time if you want your lamp to be darker. Alternatively, you can also use a bit of the liming wax first, let it sit a bit, wipe off and then use the darker wax. Play around and see what works for you!
Here is the darker lamp completed. The paint and wax technique totally transforms this lamp into a greige, weathered patina finish!
Another close up of the dark lamp.
Here is the finished white liming wax lamp. It’s amazing what a bit of paint and some wax can do to outdated lamps!
I love how the wax clings to the grooves of the brush strokes. It really adds to the weathered, patina look I was after.