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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.

      17 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.

      3. I wonder if spray paint would work? Anyone ever try?

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

      4. 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

      5. Always wondered if I could paint a lampshade!! Thanks for sharing!

      6. 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 ?

      7. 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.

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

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

      10. Painting a lamp is such an interesting idea. I will try doing it, next time.

      11. 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 🙂

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

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