I love rose gold. The warm, luxe look of the color and coppery look it gives items makes it one of my favorite colors. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a bottle lamp in rose gold. Is there any color you’ve been particularly obsessed with lately?
Rose Gold lamp DIY
- Champagne bottle
- Matte white spray paint
- Rose gold spray paint
- Painter’s tape
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Rose gold or champagne colored glitter
- Glass drill bit
- Lamp kit
Start with a clean, empty champagne bottle. I rinsed this one clean on the inside and let it dry overnight.
Cover all labels on the bottle using painter’s tape. I tore small pieces of the tape to get the detailed corners and curves of the label covered.
Spray paint the bottle with matte white paint. This base will allow the rose gold spray paint to look more intense and even later on. Let dry for one to two hours. You should be able to handle the bottle and not smudge the paint.
Spray the bottle with rose gold spray paint. This took two coats with about one hour of drying in between. Ensure that your coats are light and you cover all sides. I handled the bottle by the painter’s tape covered neck at the top during spraying.
Remove tape carefully from the labels. I started from the inside out to do this. Make sure the paint is completely dry before removing tape, I waited till the day after spraying the final coat for this step. Why? Because I didn’t want to risk smudging the rose gold paint.
Use a mixture of Mod Podge Gloss, champagne or rose gold glitter, and a little bit of acrylic rose gold paint to paint the metallic areas of the bottle. This will help the glitter to adhere later on. While the mixture is still wet, place the bottle over a paper plate or another surface you don’t mind covered in glitter and sprinkle glitter on generously. Let dry for an hour or until you can handle without any smudging or glitter fall out.
Place your bottle on clean, dry towel or rag for improved grip and to avoid having it slip as you drill. Mark where your cord will come out in the back of the bottle, wear safety glasses to avoid glass dust in your eyes, and begin drilling into this mark in short bursts, occasionally rest the drill, and shake glass powder off of the bottle. The drill should be rested occasionally to allow it to cool off.
Drill or cut into the champagne cork to allow for the threaded nipple to pass through. I had to also shave off some cork from the sides to allow it to fit back into the bottle. Be careful in this stage as you may be using a utility knife or drill in close proximity to your fingers. I used a set of pliers to allow for better grip when drilling.
Wire your cord from the lamp kit into the hole we just made and have the ends come out of the neck.
Thread your wires through the cork hole just made, then insert cork into the bottle.
Add threaded nipple by placing it over the cords and then twisting it into the cork. This allows for a stiff base for the bottom of the switch.
Add bottom of socket by threading cords through and twisting onto the threaded nipple. Then, tie wires as indicated in the lamp kit.
Wrap wires around screws and tighten with screwdriver.
Add lightbulb, lampshade, plug it in, and turn it on. Marvel in the glory of your lovely new rose gold lamp.