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Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

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Happy 2024! I’m starting the year off right with a vintage bouillotte lamp makeover! I’ve had French Bouillotte lamps on my radar for awhile now knowing they would be a great lighting style to incorporate in our Victorian farmhouse. I finally got lucky when Ed were on a little antiquing trip over the holidays. I had even showed Ed some pictures of them when we got to the first antique store of the day so he’d know what to be on the lookout for. And when I rounded the corner of the second store I spied this beauty. It had a spray painted gold shade with holes in it and needed a makeover, but for $20 there was no way I’d pass it up! Keep reading to see what I did and it’s transformation!

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Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover Video

 

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover: Step One

The first thing I did was take the lamp apart and wipe down all the pieces with a damp cloth. Then I gathered the supplies I needed for this project.

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Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover: Step Two

I used a Behr paint sample pot I had on hand in the color Whisper White to paint the inside of the lamp shade. I decided to paint the edge that curves inside of the shade the same color as the outside of the shade brush. So I used a paint brush to cut in up to that folded edge and a microfiber mini roller for the rest. I gave it very light coats and made sure each coat was thoroughly dry in between them. It took two and then a touch up. I let the last coat dry overnight before painting the outside shade.

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover: Step Three

I wasn’t a big fan of the brass finish of the base so while the inner paint was drying I applied Rub n Buff in European Gold to it. I’ve found that applying it with my finger works well, but I did see you can get a little application tool kit with it. So I’ll definitely be trying that next time! It gave the lamp a more matte and old world gold finish that I love. I haven’t used this product a ton but the more I do the more I like it! I’ll let you know how it holds up!

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover: Step Four

The next (rainy) day I painted the outside of the lamp shade. I found that it was easiest to paint while attached to the base. I used a mini micro fiber roller and painted it the color Coal Black by Fusion Mineral. Fusion Mineral is my go to for anything outside of the box that I want to paint. I’m always happy with the results and this was no different.

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover: Step Five

I decided to tape off the inner edge that I wanted to paint black. I did test out a piece of tape on it first to make sure the paint under it wouldn’t lift when I removed it, and thankfully it didn’t. So I delicately painted the edge and crossed my fingers haha! I was pleasantly surprised to only have a few touch ups to make after removing the tape.

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover: Step Six

The final thing I had to address were the holes that wrapped around the bottom of the shade. For this I used gold thread and weaved it through the holes to create a simple pattern. And check it out below! I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Bouillotte Lamps

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Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Vintage Bouillotte Lamp Makeover

Doesn’t it look pretty in our home? It’s even better than I imagined! This was such a fun first project to kick the new year off with! And here’s to many more! I’m currently working on creating a new office upstairs, finishing up some things on our little milkhouse building renovation, and finally got a tool I needed to continue renovating the last upstairs bedroom when it warms up a bit. I’m excited to share all the things that this year brings with you! And keep up daily on Instagram!

 

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