I found this lamp at a thrift store for $5…did I need a lamp? …No…could I pass this one up?… absolutely not! When I found it, I knew I wanted to try to turn it into a concrete lamp. I have never done this before so I didn’t even know if it would turn out.
I’m sure there are other cement mixtures that could be used that would stick even better, like a cement repair, but I wanted it to be “grainy/stoney” so here’s how I did it…I mixed high strength quikrete concrete mix…
The mixture was an “oatmeal like“ consistency before I smeared it on.
Using gloves, I smeared it on, thicker in some places than others. I wanted the design to show through the concrete so I went very light over the lamp’s design area.
I made it a lot thicker on the top of the lamp, to give it more of a natural concrete look. Being a quick drying concrete, the thicker parts even dried in an hour!
I didn’t want any of the original color of the lamp to show through so I added a bit more in some places that weren’t completely covered, after the first dried coat.
When it was completely dry, I used 150 grit sandpaper to smooth it out just a little. I made sure not to sand off too much so that the underside would still be covered.
I absolutely love it! It’s exactly what I was envisioning!
I thought about sealing it, but since it’s not going to be something that is necessarily “high traffic“, I think it will be fine with no sealer. it does leave a little dust on my hands when I touch it, but it stuck to the lamp really well!
I would love to hear in the comments below what you think of my “thrifted lamp gone concrete” and if this is a project that you would think about taking on!