DIY Designer Inspired Lamp Using Plaster

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How to apply plaster, paint, and dirt to a lamp and make it look like a designer inspired lamp. This DIY lamp method can also be used with vases, bowls, planters, pots, and more!

How to turn cheap lamps into designer-inspired DIY lamps using plaster and paint! This designer-inspired lamp sits on a white bedside table next to a canopy bed with white linens. #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster

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While browsing thrift stores, I always take a look at the lamp section. There are so many lamps that have gorgeous shapes and textures. If you learn to look past the outdated color and dirty old lamp shades, you can start to see the potential of the lamp. While it is not impossible, it is more difficult to locate two matching lamps. I’ve also found that places like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Lowes carry inexpensive lamps. For this project, I found a lamp from Walmart that has a similar shape to one that I loved from Pottery Barn. I purchased two lamps and got busy using plaster. Here is how I gave our lamps a little makeover!


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Supplies needed to make designer-inspired DIY lamps - two white ceramic lamps and a bag of Perfect Plaster plaster mix. #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster

Supplies needed to make these designer-inspired DIY lamps:

  1. Lamp
  2. Spray Paint I with Paint + Primer
  3. Spray Paint II
  4. Perfect Plaster
  5. Paint Brush
  6. Sanding Sponge – 220-grit
  7. Dirt – substitute with coffee grounds if you don’t have brown dirt.
  8. Harp + Lamp Shade – optional if you already have one.

How to Make Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Lamps

  1. Prime lamp if the lamp has a shiny or slick appearance. The plaster will work better if it has something to adhere to over the slick surface.
  2. Mix plaster in a mixing bowl, two parts mix and one part water until a pancake batter consistency. Be prepared to work quickly, the plaster sets and gets clumpy within several minutes.
  3. Apply plaster to lamp. I started working around the lamp using a spatula to apply even amounts of plaster. You can make it as rustic or smooth as you desire. I added several layers of plaster, moving on to a brush for a smoother appearance.
  4. Let dry. Lightly sand any clumps that you do not like. The package says to let plaster dry for 24 hours but I let it dry for a few hours before moving on to the next step.
  5. Apply several coats of spray paint until desired color is achieved. I started with Rustoleum 2x Ultra Matte White and also used Rustoleum Chalked Linen White Spray Paint to add more texture.
  6. While paint is still wet, mix dirt and water in a bowl. Rub dirt on the lamp in various locations using a paper towel or glove. Let dirt dry and use a damp rag to remove any excess dirt. Allow dirt to dry again.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 until desired look is achieved. I found that ending with Rustoleum Chalked Linen White Spray Paint made the project look complete.
  8. Optional: I found an adjustable harp at Target and spray painted it using Rustoleum Flat Black. Then I splurged and used this lamp shade from Pottery Barn.
Two white ceramic lamps sit outside, ready to be transformed into designer-inspired DIY lamps. Use painters tape to cover the electrical necks of the lamp before working on them. #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
Spraying lamps with primer.
Mixing the plaster mix in a large yellow bucket using a spatula. Make sure to where gloves for this step of the DIY lamp process! #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
Mixing plaster.
While wearing gloves, use a spatula to spread the plaster mixture over the ceramic lamps. It's best to do this process outside. #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
Applying plaster with spatula.
Apply the finishing touches of plaster using a paint brush - this gives the lamps a textured look. #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
Applying plaster with a paint brush.
The next step in making these designer-inspired DIY lamps is applying the dirt to the lamp. I mixed the direct with some water and applied it using a gloave. I also used Rust-Olum Chalked spray paint.#potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
Applying dirt.
I used Rust-Oleum spray paint to paint over the dirt on my designer-inspired DIY lamps. Painting over the direct gives the DIY lamps a more finished look.#potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
Spray painting over dirt.
This designer-inspired DIY lamp is completed! After applying layers of plaster and paint, this ceramic lamp has the perfect designer Pottery Barn copy look!#potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
After repeating the process a few times, I ended with spray paint.

While I spent approximately $100 per lamp, that is well under the $299 price tag for the Pottery Barn lamp. I actually splurged by buying new lamps at Walmart for $49 each and lamp shades for $49 each from Pottery Barn. The lamp shade is so beautiful and worthy of the price. If anything, always splurge on the perfect lamp shade because it will decide the fate of your lamp!

Use this craft card to print out all the instructions and supplies for this DIY designer lamp project:

Designer-Inspired DIY Lamp Using Plaster

Designer-Inspired DIY Lamp Using Plaster

Love the look of designer lamps, but don't love the price tag? Here's how to make designer-inspired DIY lamps using plaster and paint! These ceramic lamps are a simple, affordable home decor DIY project.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $250

Materials

Instructions

  1. Prime lamp if the lamp has a shiny or slick appearance. The plaster will work better if it has something to adhere to over the slick surface.
  2. Mix plaster in a mixing bowl, two parts mix and one part water until a pancake batter consistency. Be prepared to work quickly, the plaster sets and gets clumpy within several minutes.
  3. Apply plaster to lamp. I started working around the lamp using a spatula to apply even amounts of plaster. You can make it as rustic or smooth as you desire. I added several layers of plaster, moving on to a brush for a smoother appearance.
  4. Let dry. Lightly sand any clumps that you do not like. The package says to let plaster dry for 24 hours but I let it dry for a few hours before moving on to the next step.
  5. Apply several coats of spray paint until desired color is achieved. I started with Rustoleum 2x Ultra Matte White and also used Rustoleum Chalked Linen White Spray Paint to add more texture.
  6. While paint is still wet, mix dirt and water in a bowl. Rub dirt on the lamp in various locations using a paper towel or glove. Let dirt dry and use a damp rag to remove any excess dirt. Allow dirt to dry again.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 until desired look is achieved. I found that ending with Rustoleum Chalked Linen White Spray Paint made the project look complete.
  8. Optional: I found an adjustable harp at Target and spray painted it
    using Rustoleum Flat Black. Then I splurged and used this lamp shade from Pottery Barn.
This designer inspired lamp is created with a ceramic lamp coated in plaster and paint. #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
A close up look at the detailed finish on this DIY designer inspired lamp! Created with plaster and paint, the finish on this DIY lamp looks like hand-made clay.#potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
I love the look of this designer-inspired DIY lamp in our guest room! This ceramic lamp is coated with plaster and painted to give it a rustic painted clay effect.#potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster
Learn how to make a designer-inspired DIY lamp using plaster and paint. This DIY lamp lights up the guest bedroom, sitting on a white bedside table next to our canopy bed. #potterybarn #lamp #ceramiclamp #paintedlamp #whitelamps #plaster #plasterdiy #diyplaster

If you enjoyed this project, make sure to check out my other plaster projects here. I recently installed this molding and shared this DIY bed. I can’t wait to share what is next for this room! Stay tuned and have a wonderful week!

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