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.

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      1. 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.

      2. 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 ?

      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. 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. 🌷🌷🌷

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