This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DecoArt. All opinions are mine and honest. This paint rocks!
We are getting ready for a big move, and I am busy with DIY home decor on a shoestring budget! Today I am sharing a super sweet french typography Chalky Finish Paint lamp that I made from a discarded liquor bottle. You will see how to drill a hole in the bottle for the cord, how to chalk paint and distress the lamp, as well as how to transfer an image to the painted surface. This project is easy and cheap. The biggest expenditure is the $6 bottle lamp kit and the $15 lamp shade I just had to have for it! The new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is now available in Home Depot and Michaels stores. It is also available for purchase online at homedepot.com.
Really cool liquor bottle
Drill and 1/2 inch Diamond hole drill bit
Small container of water
Towel or paper towels
Rubbing Alcohol or glass cleaner
DecoArt Americana Chalky finish paint In Treasure, Inheritance, Everlasting and Primitive
DecoArt Americana Crème Wax in clear and Golden Brown
Medium grit sand paper
Paint brush and wax brush
Bottle Lamp Kit (I got mine at Wal-Mart for $6.47
White Tissue Paper
Image to transfer (I used this French Typography Graphic from the fabulous Graphics Fairy)
Begin by drilling a hole in the back at the base of your bottle where you want the cord to exit. I showed you how to do that HERE:
Once your hole is drilled, clean your bottle surface all over with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.
Use a soft, flat brush to paint on a layer of Treasure. When that is dry, paint on a layer of Primitive.
I sanded the gray, revealing the blue base layer. I decided I wanted a soft yellow top coat, so I mixed Everlasting with Inheritance to lighten and soften the mustard like color. Then I painted that in a cross hatch, random and messy fashion so that the final piece will have texture and depth.
To get my image for transfer, I printed some of my favorites from the Graphics Fairy. There are thousands of free images there to fit any style. The one I went with is a French Typography file which you can find linked in the supplies section.
Just cut a piece of white tissue paper to fit your card stock and tape it on with masking tape. Place in printer and print!
Cut or tear your image from the tissue paper. I like to tear it so the edges are feathered and not such a straight edge like you get with scissors. It blends in better.
Apply Clear Creme Wax where you will place the tissue. Carefully place the tissue and smooth out wrinkles with your finger.
Paint more Clear Creme Wax over that and let dry.
When the tissue transfer dries, sand entire bottle in areas where you want to bring out the underlying paint colors. Then apply clear wax over the entire bottle. Let that dry for at least 30 minutes.
Apply Golden Brown Creme Wax as desired and wipe back with soft cloth. If you use too much brown, you can wipe it away even further using Clear Creme Wax on a rag.
Now it is time to use the Bottle Lamp Kit!
Follow the included instructions, except for where it says to thread the cord. It has the cord coming out of the fixture just under the light bulb, but we drilled a hole in our bottle to avoid having an ugly cord running down the lamp from top to bottom!
I found the burlap lampshade at Wal-Mart for $15.
I love my new lamp! More than that, I love this line of paint. You will be seeing it in so many more projects coming up here at SBLC.
Remember this DIY Hand-Painted Sign? Yep, same paint line. It goes on beautifully, is easy to distress, and comes in an amazing color palate. LOVE!
Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more information.