How to change that? SPRAY PAINT and alot patience. We had seen House of Fifty's post on how to makeover a lamp and knew it was doable, if we could just find the right orange color.
- First we taped off and primed the lamp with Rustoleum's White Primer.
- We sanded between coats with 220 sandpaper and sprayed another coat of primer.
- We searched for the right color and found it with LIQUITEX acrylic spray paint from Michael's. This paint is amazingly brilliant and saturated pure color. It has a matte finish that is borderline "chalky".
- We sprayed the lamp about 4 times to get it even (since we did a lot of this at night--not the greatest idea), but the color was perfect, just not shiny enough.
- To achieve the gloss we used Krylon Clear Glaze. This took many coats, and honestly we would have liked it more glass-like, as it did still have some spray texture to it.
BUT, let me tell you how fantastic Liquitex spray paint is! It comes in 100 colors that match the Liquitex color spectrum, is low odor, cleans up with water and can be used with other acrylic paints. It is so cool and the colors are so much better than other spray paint brands we have found.
What has become important to us lately is color saturation; in paint, in accessories, art and all those accents that make a room.
Color saturation is how vivid or intense a color is. "Pure" color pigment is used in a saturated color-- without tints (white added) or shades (black added) used to formulate that pure color. So often colors loose their saturation when overprocessed, reproduced diluting the formula each time, or when lots of different colors are added, so the effect becomes faded, dull and washed out. (That may also be a look youre trying to achieve which can be softer. )
This is some saturated color!