How-To: Gold-Dotted Lamp Base
Re-create this trendy piece on a budget with this step-by-step from a crafty blogger featured in HGTV Magazine.
Emily Hart, a stay-at-home mom from Oklahoma City and home design blogger at recentlytheblog.com, creates DIY masterpieces. She enjoys turning off-the-shelf furniture and accessories into upgraded custom pieces. Her motto: "Patience and a willingness to do some digging go a long way when it comes to DIY."
- glass lamp that’s open at the bottom
- gold-leaf kit
- pouncers (aka round sponge brushes)
- crafts brush
- quart of latex paint
Turn the base on its side so you can reach inside its open bottom. Wrap the cord that runs down the center of the base in painter’s tape.
Dip different-sized pouncers into the gold-leaf adhesive (called sizing medium), and dab them inside the lamp’s base. Following the kit’s instructions, apply the leaf. Use the crafts brush to remove excess leaf. Let set for a few minutes.
Pour about half the paint into the base and swirl it around to fully coat the glass. Stand the base on a paper plate and let drip-dry. Remove the tape, screw in a bulb and add a 10-to-12-inch-diameter shade.