Wednesday, 11 May 2016

DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program Steampunk Nautical Altered Lamp

Hi all

I have this stunning altered lamp to share today. It's my favorite make this year and will take pride of place on my desk.

I started off by painting three layers of Americana Everlasting Chalky Finish paint. I then coated in Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and then once dry i painted over with Treasure Chalky Finish Paint and this gives you the lovely cracks.

The large anchor is from Things to Alter and to make it rusty, i mixed brown and orange paints together and sprinkle cinnamon over each layer of paint.. Once dry you can add a bit of Metallic Lustre. The shells are from Oak House Studio

I used some of my rust mixture down the lamp post and base. If you want your rust to look realistic just apply it where water would either run down or pool. I looked at pictures online to get a better idea of where it would build up.

I wrapped jute twine around the post and rubbed it with the rusty paint.

The lampshade i created by painting a cheap cream lampshade with So Soft Fabric Paint in True Blue. These are fabulous paints for material as they cover evenly and have a bit of body to them so that they don't absorb into the material straight away.

I used gold lace trim around the top and bottom of the lampshade and i rusted up a few 2inch and 1.5 inch MDF Cogs and washers from Things to Alter and glued them into place using a glue gun. I had to use them around the whole lampshade so it balanced once i fixed it onto the lamp.

Thank you for visiting.


  1. Wow, that's incredible love what you have done, especially the base. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  2. Wow Katie - what a FANTASTIC project. Love how rustic it looks in front of that brick wall too! Your rust is soooo yummy! Love that anchor. What a treat to see your creativity. Xj.

  3. Hi Katie this is wonderful. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. Absolutely love the anchor. Looks really rusty. Brilliant xxx

  5. Fab lamp katie,love the rust xx

  6. Wow what a fab project, love it all!!
    Hugs Donna xx