Pop of Color with RustOleum: A Lamp Makeover

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You may have noticed the wooden lamp in my stepsons’ room in the photos I shared from their room makeover.


My husband and I found it at Goodwill a LONG time ago and swore we would give it a makeover. Well, that never happened. However, we needed it because none of the bedrooms in our apartment have overhead lighting and it provides the only lighting in the room.

When Walmart challenged me to do a spray paint project with the new Rust-Oleum American Accents Ultra Cover 2X paint, I knew that I would finally tackle this lamp.

First things first: What’s so special about this new paint formula? Well, American Accents Ultra Cover 2X has “Double Cover Technology”, which is designed to cover twice the square footage of other general purpose spray paints. It is also designed to have better coverage in fewer sprays, meaning one can promises to cover and perform like two, making projects faster and easier. Having done my share of spray painting projects, I really wanted to see if this would hold up to those promises.


Our only prep work was to tape off the top of the lamp, along with a few inches of the cord. The wooden surface of the lamp was relatively gritty, so we decided not to use a primer. Next up, spraying.


I have to say, this stuff covers like a dream, and it doesn’t drip a whole lot. My husband did two coats (not quite light coats, but definitely not heavy), and he managed to cover every nook and cranny of the twisting wood design.


Painting the lamp was so easy and quick that my husband actually requested something else to paint. So we grabbed a decorative “J” that once had hung in my daughter’s room. Like my husband, daughter and I, all my stepsons’ names begin with J, so we knew it would be the perfect complement.

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The paint has a great glossy finish that really made the lamp and letter pop, and we knew the bright yellow we chose would be an awesome counterpoint to the blue, gray and green color palette already present in the room.

Want to see for yourself?

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The Final Verdict

I really love the fact that this paint offers such awesome coverage. With other paints I’ve used, we’ve had to do sometimes 3-5 coats to get really good coverage. Definitely not necessary here, and at $3.77 a can at Walmart, one can will go a long way. On the strength of that alone, I would use it again, because spray paint is one of the quickest and most painless ways to revamp something you already own rather than throwing it away.

That said, I’m always partial to low-VOC spray paints — of which there are few — and from all the information provided to me, this is not one of them. Given the choice, I will always choose low-VOC, but these are admittedly hard to find on store shelves. If I couldn’t find a low-VOC option, I’d definitely use this instead.

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Avatar Nicole May 11, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Love the final look! Yellow rocks. I am working on a pair of lamps too painting a deep purple will share soon.


  • Avatar Samantha Sophia July 5, 2013, 9:07 am

    I dig the yellow, especially on the swirled wodden base, do you think you could re-fabric the shade?

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