Faux Stone Look Lamp Makeover

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A repurposed product gave this old lamp a fun new faux stone look…simple to do too! 

This basic little product gave this old lamp a fun new faux stone look...simple to do too! artsychicksrule.com

Hello beautiful friends!

I am sharing a fun new technique I tried on this lamp.  I gave it a whole new look and a “faux stone look” at that.

I love getting my hands into stuff and being creative. This one definitely fits that bill.
I used several different products on this one but it was actually really easy. (I know, I say that a lot…but that’s because I LOVE easy projects and usually lean towards them)

Faux Stone Look Lamp Makeover

This lamp actually came from our OBX beach home. It doesn’t really go with the style I’ve got going down there so I brought it home to give it a  makeover.

Here it is “before”…

Black and tan lamp before

Here it is at the condo when we first bought our place

beach house bed and night table with lamp

Of course, our condo looks different now

white walls blue lamp wood floor beach house

I hope to be revealing it soon. We still have the kitchen to finish and a couple more electrical things before we do.

Okay, so this lamp.

It had a spotted (recessed dipped) pattern on it.
I thought it would look cool if it were “stone/pottery-ish” instead.


So I pulled out some “Fiber Paste” that’s mostly used for raised stencils. (like I did on this project >>> Flower Display )

3d stencil fiber paste jar

I simply rubbed it on all over and sort of swirled/smoothed it.

applying the fiber paste to the lamp

white fiber paste to add a faux stone look on lamp

Just giving it that rough stone look.

up close of white fiber paste on lamp

Then I left it to dry.

Once it was dry I painted it dark brown as an undercoat (with a lighter color over top) thinking this would add the stone-like dimension I was after.

painting the fiber paste on lamp

So here is where I changed directions. Which is what happens often in the creative process.

I fully covered it with the lighter color and then got busy on the lampshade.

beige lamp shade before

It was a tan/beige color and with the new color of the lamp, I wanted it to be white instead.

painting lampshade white

I applied one coat and let it dry. Once it was dry, I went back over it lightly to fully cover where it was a bit thin.

Once the paint was dry on the lamp I wiped on some of the Driftwood S&F oil onto the base…

applying driftwood stain and finishing oil to lamp

See the difference between it and where it’s just painted on the right?
This is what ended up giving it that depth I was looking for.

The “stone” look.

Isn’t that cool?

close up of faux stone look lamp

I love how it turned out. And it was fun to play with!

close up of texture on lamp

lamp finished close up of white shade and beige stone look base

It looks SO much better with that faux stone look and the crisp white lampshade.

Don’t you think?

dresser with new lamp mirror blue jar and pink flowers

top of dresser with seashells in dish, pink flowers, blue vase and new lamp

And I love how great the white paint changed up the lampshade. Looks awesome!

white lampshade painted

up close stone look lamp with white shade

Simple, simple, I tell ya! And fun. :)

Give it a go!

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This basic little product gave this old lamp a fun new faux stone look...simple to do too! artsychicksrule.com

Have a wonderful week! See you next time with this!

UPDATE!! See it now here!



  1. Love the new lamp.. and all of your posts!
    However this one needs a better explanation for me.. can you detail that process again for the lamp and painted lampshade? If it’s not too much trouble. Thanks!!

    1. Aw, thanks a bunch, Zonya! Okay, so the painted lampshade is simple, promise. I just used my regular angled paintbrush (that I use for furniture) but you can also just use a cheapy chip brush too. I didn’t water down the paint or anything. I just did brushstrokes from top to bottom all the way around the shade. Nothing special! No sealer as it is self-sealing (Fusion Mineral Paint) so that was a plus.
      For the base, I literally dug my hands into the Fiber Paste and applied it to the lamp base. No rhyme or reason but just wanting to give it a swirly-ish look. I don’t think you can go wrong however you do that part. What you don’t want are sharp points sticking up, you want it stone-like but smooth-ish. So pat those down if you get any. Then once it is completely dry, paint it all over in that tan color. Let that dry very well and then apply the Driftwood Stain and Finishing Oil over top. I wiped it on and covered all the areas and wiped it back away. It naturally stayed in the depths and crevices giving it that final look. I hope this helps explain it a little better! :) xoxo

      1. Thank you for the explanation; I will try that. I always look forward to your emails and tips. . and I love your decorating style! Thanks again.

  2. Wow, it’s amazing how much “softer” it looks even though it is a stone look! The newly white shade looks perfect. Way to go Nancy! Love that you share your processes also!
    Have a great week!

    1. What a change! I like the shade but the lamp is great. I like to play around with techniques like this where everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Looks like a good idea for some metal vases I have. Thanks!

      1. Yes, me too, Cecilia!! It’s nice to take the pressure off and just have fun, isn’t it? And yes, would be perfect for those!! xo

    2. Yes, isn’t that so fun?? I love how it did that! Thank you, Christina! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and 4th! xoxo

  3. So creative Nancy! I also love the little blue table you did a few days ago. I have the perfect table to recreate that look. I already have the paint, and I’ve been looking for the perfect piece to use it on. I just never thought of doing my table with it until I saw what you did. I’ve had the cute table (it’s a French antique), for at least 12 years now. Thank you as always for the inspiration!

  4. Very convincing, Nancy! I love what happens when the creative process is free to go in any direction. And experimenting with products is always fun, especially when you get a successful result like this.

    1. Me too, Marcie!! That’s the most fun when you can let go and just create. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and 4th! xo

  5. What kind of paint did you use for the lampshade? I have spray painted some lampshades, but have trouble getting the paint even. I think brushing it on would be easier.

    1. Hi Sherry! I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Casement. Yes, I think this will give you a better more even result. I’ve painted many lampshades over the years with various products and this is the best result I’ve had.:)

  6. Remarkable! Results are def. worth it! Plus, I didn’t realize it’s possible to paint a lamp shade!!! NOW it gives me something to try out.


    1. Oh yes, I’ve painted multiple lampshades over the years! (I paint it all, haha!) All with varying results. This is by far the best end result. :) xo

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you! I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Casement, (it’s linked in the post, gray box). :) xoxo

  7. Thank you for sharing this creative idea turned out nice. I have a lamp base that needs a change, going to get creative.

  8. Love the lamp and it does look like stone! I have a beige lampshade I would love to paint white – time to get to work!

    Thanks for inspiration!

  9. That is amazing! Love it.
    I’m like some of the others and would like to know what you used to paint the lampshade with. I would also like to know what driftwood s&h mean.
    Thank you for sharing such great projects.

    1. Thanks, Marsha! Yes, the paint is Fusion Mineral in the color Casement. The Driftwood Stain and Finishing Oil is also Fusion. Great products! (they are linked in the gray box in the post also) :) xo

  10. Another question. After you painted the lampshade, did you seal it with anything?
    Thank you, Carol

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