Paint a chimney lamp! – Artful Chica

Have you ever ever needed to color a chimney lamp? And even had the thought?

I didn’t – till now! These are often known as a hurricane lamps (there’s a distinction and I’ll get into that!).

how to paint a chimney lamp

Right here is the way it happened:

Patrick and I arrange a wonderful yard scene on our terrace, full with twinkling lights strewn throughout the timber, and photo voltaic lights anchored by the large nopal cacti we have now. Then a monsoon/haboob rolled in and ripped out one of many timber in our pretty panorama.

We went to the house enchancment retailer afterwards to purchase objects to repair the yard. Whereas there, I got here throughout two issues I had by no means observed earlier than: chimney lamps and umbrella lights. And identical to that, I got here up with an EPIC concept!


Painted chimney lamps! There are such a lot of potentialities, you possibly can paint portraits, flowers, patterns and the sunshine will shine by means of fantastically.

The approach I selected for this mission was making the lamp seem like stained glass, after which I added puffy paint on the surface fo texture. 

What are the aim of chimney and hurricane lamps?

chimney lamp

Dwelling in Arizona, this was a brand new one for me. We don’t have hurricanes and barely use our chimneys. So this was enjoyable to analysis!

Each hurricane lamps and chimney lamps are forms of oil lamps that had been common up to now. They’re nonetheless used in the present day for his or her aesthetic attraction and practicality throughout energy outages or out of doors actions. Nevertheless, there are some variations between the 2.

A hurricane lamp is a sort of oil lamp that’s designed to resist excessive winds and different harsh situations. It has a cylindrical glass globe that surrounds the flame, which protects it from the wind and permits it to burn extra steadily. The globe could also be clear or frosted, and is commonly made from glass or plastic. Hurricane lamps may have a steel body and a deal with for carrying, and are sometimes used for out of doors actions reminiscent of tenting or picnics.

A chimney lamp, however, has a glass chimney that surrounds the flame, however doesn’t have the identical wind-resistant options as a hurricane lamp. The chimney is designed to extend the airflow across the flame, which permits it to burn extra brightly and cleanly. Chimney lamps may have a steel base and a deal with, however are typically used indoors for ornamental or lighting functions.

In abstract, whereas each hurricane lamps and chimney lamps use a glass part to encompass the flame, the important thing distinction is that hurricane lamps are designed to resist harsh out of doors situations, whereas chimney lamps are used for indoor lighting and ornament.

Adorning a chimney or hurricane lamp

I believed these chimney lamps can be good for a craft session. For those who paint the within of them, use a battery-operated mild for illumination.

For those who paint the surface of the lamp, use it over a candle jar, and even tea lights or fairy lights.

They might additionally work properly for centerpieces, vacation presents and extra.



Provides for a painted chimney lamp:

Clear Chimney lamp or hurricane lamp

– LED battery-operated Umbrella mild (I couldn’t discover these on the Lowe’s website online, however they’re within the umbrella space and run about $8 every. 

– Paint

– Decoupage medium

– Plastic cups, stirrer

– Wire rack

– Puffy Paint


Stained glass impact

First, squirt some decoupage medium in a small plastic cup. Subsequent, add a TINY drop of paint (you may as well use cloth dye and even meals coloring) and stir properly.


Pour it generously across the opening. Combine one other batch and pour from the underside. For a two-tone look, combine up a complimentary colour and pour it over the open areas. Roll it round so the paint covers as a lot of the open areas as doable.

You need solely a THIN coat of paint so it’s going to dry rapidly. in that case, I went out again and shook the lamp exhausting time and again to shake off the surplus. Set the lamp on a wire rack so it may well dry. You need for the paint to look skinny and like stained glass.

Enhance the surface of the lamp


Right here is the inexperienced one. It actually wasn’t fairly dry but, however I figured since I wouldn’t be touching the within, I went forward and added puffy paint designs in black. You could possibly additionally use gold for those who needed!

After getting all of it embellished, set it again outdoors to dry.


Right here is the orange and pink lamp. See how it’s beginning to dry clear?


Utilizing home paint will give a bit extra of an opaque look, however for those who use dye or meals coloring, it’s going to look extra like stained glass. You could possibly even use stained glass paint too!


I used clear plastic plates from the greenback retailer to set on high of the umbrella lights, then I set the chimney lamp on high. Wow, don’t they give the impression of being beautiful? The lights are so brilliant!

Doesn’t this provide you with so many concepts?


I really feel impressed these photos!


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And that’s how ot paint a chimney lamp – properly, a technique not less than!

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