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How to Paint a Lamp Shade

How to Paint a Lamp Shade
Do you ever look around your home and see a need in the area of home decor?
I do all of the time, but before I go out buy something new, I look at what I have and think about how I can make it work.
That’s what I did with this acrylic table lamp I  bought for my daughters bedroom and later decided not to use it. 
The lamp ended up in my office, but it wasn’t a good fit. I needed a lamp in my bedroom and thought this could work if only the lamp shade were another color.

I had no idea if this would work, but it did and here’s how I did it.

You’ll need a paint roller. The smaller the better. I love mini paint rollers and use them for so many projects. The reason I used the mini sponge roller is because they reduce paint brush lines. The roller gives your paint project a smoother finish.

For this project I used high quality paint I already had on hand from my guest bathroom makeover which I will share with you later. I have gone cheap on paint and regretted it.
Higher quality paint with primer will save a ton of time whether a small or large project.

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      To start, I grabbed this cute lamp that just didn’t have a lamp shade in a color that would work in my bedroom.

      How to Paint a Lamp Shade

      I have never painted fabric before that I can remember, but I thought what’s the worst that could happen?

      Using my paint roller, I applied on coat of paint and let it dry in front of a fan for 15 minutes. It was really well coated, but  I applied one more coat just in case.

      I let is fully dry for a few hours and put it on my nightstand table.

      How to Paint a Lamp Shade

      I was planning on buying a new lamp, but now I’ve saved my self some money with this easy project.

      18 thoughts on “How to Paint a Lamp Shade

      1. Hi Saidah,
        You did a great job. It looks really pretty!!! ???
        Did you paint the inside too, or just the outside?

        Have a blessed week. ???

      2. Really great color choice. These re-painting will save you a lot of money when it comes to re-decorating your house. An idea that students via review should follow instead of buying new lamps.

        1. Yes, I did my son's with black spray paint and it worked great.

        2. Spray paint does work but it takes s slow hand a few coats. I just tried it yesterday for the same reason. Shade just didn’t fit where I wanted with that color. Doing our own home renovation and have learned how to stop and think about different possibilities for what I already have.

      3. Thanks so much for the info. I've been wanting to do this project for quite some time, but thought it would be more of a hassle than it as worth. Sounds easy peasy. Now I have 4 shades to paint and a lot of good paint. Thanks Again, Sharon

      4. I tried this years ago , did use a brush but got all I got was paint overlap marks when the light was turned on. so never tried again . the roller might be the answer Overlap marks ?

      5. I have been wondering if it was possible to paint lampshades! I have 2 dingy, nasty lampshades that need makeovers. Totally going to try this. Blessings.

      6. In a million years, I never would have thought to do that. It looks great, and I agree about not cheaping out on paint.

      7. What a great idea! I never would have thought of this! I love that pink color! Terrific post!

      8. Frugal yet tasteful is the word i keep trying to remember. Today I have. Why spend money when you can recycle. Lovee the Pink more yet I am sure my hubby would love the new shade colour 🙂

      9. Perfect! I was wanting to do something different for my living room lampshades and I've now found it! Thanks!

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