DIY Faux Wood Spindle Lamp

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Trendy looks for less! Fun thrift store up-cycle painting an inexpensive brass lamp with acrylic paint to create the look of a wood spindle lamp. Faux wood painting. For more fun posts like this see my Thrift Store Makeovers page.

DIY Faux Wood Spindle Lamp

I have been on the lookout for the perfect shaped thrift store brass lamp. They look exactly like the popular wood spindle lamps you are seeing in the stores these days.

I found a lamp that was relatively new. I am so leary of old lamps with bad wiring. Who wants to burn the house down, right? I try to find ones with relatively new hardware. It is just easier not to have to rewire the lamp unless it is one that I can’t live without.

I painted this beauty with acrylic paint.  I used a dry brush technique to get the faux wood grain pattern. Let me show you how easy it is to do!

DIY Faux Wood Spindle Lamp



brass lamp makeover

Tape off the lamp to protect it from the paint. I taped a plastic bag over the top and plug section with blue painters tape.


Spray paint the brass part of the lamp with primer. Let it dry overnight.


Paint the lamp with a warm light brown paint.


Dry brush over the light brown with grey paint.


Dry brush dark brown on edges.


Dry brush white and grey mixed until the desired faux wood finish. Remove the painter’s tape and seal with a spray enamel. Add a cool shade and that’s it!


I can’t believe how well this project turned out! It really is a great DIY and what an easy way to get this trendy lamp for a fraction of the cost!


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DIY Faux Wood Spindle Lamp, faux painting


  1. Love the painted “wood” lamps! Could you please tell me the color of the warm brown and the dark brown that you used for these lamps, it is just what I wanted! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Brenda,
      Thanks for inquiring about the paint I used. I made this lamp 4 years ago and I have moved since then and I no longer have the exact colors I used for it. I would just eyeball the colors at the store. I really depends on how warm or cool you want the faux wood to look.

  2. This really turned out great! Good work!

    Thank you for linking up at our Home Matters Link Party!

    Have a lovely evening,

    Randi :)


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