Updated Rattan Wicker Lamp
This updated Rattan Wicker Lamp project is a fun and easy project to kick off the year. I bought this lamp at my local thrift store years ago for only $1. At the time I painted it to give it a driftwood vibe, but with the new year I want to update it and try to bring it back to a more natural rattan look. I love how it turned out!
Let me show you how it started though. The lamp was ready for a change.
Now my original plan was to try and bleach the wicker back to his original glory. I lightly sanded the wicker, wiped it down, and then sprayed it with a 1:1 mixture of bleach and water. I let it sit in the sun for about 30 minutes before reapplying a second coating. I let it sit for another 30 minutes before I was convinced that my brilliant plan wasn’t working… time to pivot.
Now my guess is that it wasn’t bleaching because it had paint still on it, but I can’t be 100% sure on that.
Spray Stain to the Rescue
So I rummaged through my supplies and found some spray stain. I figured I had nothing to lose. So once I was sure that my lamp had completely dried I gave the lamp a nice, light coat of the spray stain.
I instantly knew this was going to work. It covered the paint beautiful and brought my rattan wicker lamp back to a more natural look.
It only took that one, light coat of stain to get this gorgeous, rich brown tone. I was so pleased! Now my original plan for a wood tone that was slightly lighter than this, but I was overall so happy how the rattan lamps turned out. It adds some warmth to our family room, which is what I was hoping for with this rattan table lamp. I added back the natural white shade to finish it off.
Maybe next month I’ll find something that will bleach, but I’m glad my pivoting working.
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Such an easy update Maryann! Spray stain is new to me – thanks for bringing it to my attention! Pinned 🙂
How have I never heard of spray stain?!? I absolutely LOVE the new look- and wow, fantastic tip about the spray stain!
Maryann that was one sad little lamp! I’m so glad you rescued it. And it is completely revived with just that tiny touch of wear. What a great makeover!
Awesome makeover! I don’t think I’ve ever seen spray stain, but leave it to the power of paint lady to also be the power of stain. 🙂
I have never heard of spray stain! It worked perfectly on the rattan!
What a steal for $1
I love how it turned out, wouldn’t have thought of bleaching, great idea!