5.13.2013

How to Repair a Chipped Lamp

**I must preface this post by saying that this will work only if you plan to paint your lamps.

We got these 2 lamps on our road trip at a little place outside of Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN. You are also getting a shot of our little farm house table in the making.



I don't know what it was about them, but I just thought they were so interesting. It was raining really hard and we had to do some adjusting in the truck to make them fit. My husband wasn't too happy with me at this point, but I was grinning from ear to ear at my find. This is how things were looking, and why the sour look on Mark's face...


At another stop, I got a good look at them and realized that each had a chip in them. They are huge, cumbersome, and I'm really surprised that they made it home with just the existing chips. I didn't get a pic of them with the hunks out because I didn't think at the time I would be writing about them. But here we are, and this is what I used...


I use this when I'm doing furniture that has a chip or a table that might have an uneven leg. It actually molds to wood and when it dries, you can sand it to the shape you need. I wasn't sure if it would work on ceramic and was excited to give it a try. It sticks.

You break off the amount you think you might need, then just work it with your fingers until it's a uniform color; about 45 seconds.





Excuse the bad pictures. It's hard doing this by yourself and taking pics at the same time.

Then you just put it in the spot you need. I try not to add much more than I think I need because that's just more sanding later. This one was missing almost a complete square in the weave.


Once it's dry (I gave it 24 hours because it was raining and humid) you just sand. I used 120 at first, then moved to 320 because I was actually sanding away at the lamp itself by this time.


This one had a huge chunk out of the bottom.


Then I primed and painted. Here is a close up of the fix. Down in the bottom right corner was the spot that had a piece out of the bottom. You can barely see a line where I didn't sand it down completely into the chip.


This is the weave square.



And here they are! I am thinking of adding two little lines of color at the very bottom of the shades. Maybe a dark turquoise...giving them a bit of the dishtowel effect? I don't know yet, but they look like they need something. Any ideas?


I hope this helps someone someday! I haven't tried this product on porcelain, but if anyone gives it a try, please let me know how it worked for you!

Y'all come back soon.

Cheers!
Jodi

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