IKEA Hack: Faux Antique Finish Pharmacy Lamps

Remember last month when I revealed big updates to our master bedroom? Well, I have one last tutorial for you from the space! As usual, I’m always trying to repurpose what I have so instead of getting new bedside lamps I recycled the gold ones from phase 1 of the master bedroom update.

Today, I’m sharing some tips and tricks on how I gave these Pharmacy Style IKEA Lamps Faux Antique Finish in just three steps!

Give a basic lamp a Faux Antique Finish in just 3 steps! via @tarynatddd

Faux Antique Finish in 3 steps! #Ikeahack

I love the look of the Antique Pharmacy Lamps but they can often come with a high price tag. I found these lamps at IKEA for just $29.99 each.

Now, ready for the easiest tutorial on how to get a Faux Antiqued look?

Supply List:

Gold Metallic Spray Paint

Black Flat Spray Paint

120 Grit Sand Paper

– ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape

Valspar Gold Metallic Spray Paint

Step 1: Tape off the cord and give the lamp a coat of Valspar Gold Metallic Paint.

Note: Normally when spray painting metal, I would use a spray primer first to help the adhesion.  But in this case I didn’t use a primer because I was going to distress it anyway.

Valspar Black Spray Paint

Step 2: After allowing it to dry, spray a coat of  Valspar Black Flat spray paint.

Distressing for Faux Antique Finish

Faux Antique Finish

Step 3: Using 120 grit sand paper, gently rub the surface to remove some of the paint. To give it a natural look I focused on the edges and areas that would have the most use.

Easily give your side table a rustic look using ScotchBlue Tape, a wood slab and stain!

And that’s it! It’s amazing what a little paint can do. The new look is perfect for our new bedroom.

You can also find the tutorial for the nightstand top here and more on our master bedroom here.

Note: I originally shared this post on Tatertots and Jello




Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    ok, officially in love with your style!! I love these lamps and I too am a lover of re-purposing what I have that I may be totally in love with anymore. excited to follow you, can’t wait to find more projects of yours!!



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