4.16.2015

Recover a Lampshade with Fabric!

Did you know you could cover a lamp shade with fabric, or even better, spray paint it?? THE POSSIBILITIES.

These lamps were a Goodwill score for about $6 each and the shade that originally came with it went straight to the dumpster. It was retchedly ugly and dirty. BUT can you see the wooden stem to the lamp? You guys. I love it. It's hard to tell in the pic, but it's pretty fabulous.

I stalked Goodwill for a few weeks before I found the right shades to go with the lamps. They needed to fit the era and vibe that I was going for. I really wish I had a better quality pic to show the original shade...
I didn't care what it looked like because I knew I would be covering it. I obsessed over fabric choices before settling on this one. It had the rusty oranges and reds that I was looking for and just a hint of teal.

This tutorial was super easy to follow. Basically you trace the shape of the shade while rolling it along the fabric. Cut the shape, leaving a 1/2 inch overhang. Spray the fabric with spray adhesive. I loved it for awhile.


...and then I saw the angry face. Do you see it? Once you see it, you can't un-see it. I loved the colors, the hippy vibe it had going on, but I just couldn't get past the ugly face.

So...when I started redecorating my master bedroom, I took the lamps from the living room, ripped off the fabric and spray painted right over the shade. I figured black paint would cover the multitude of sins. No more angry face. <Shiver>

The black shade is a little unconventional, but it turned out pretty fab. Let me know what you think in the comments. Would you have spray painted a lamp shade? Any questions, I'll do my best to answer.

Paint all the things,











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