Thursday, September 29, 2011

- Painting Fabric

My inspiration is not a Lamp Shade, it is a Chair.

I just loved the teal color
The smart and talented Kristy from hypheninteriors painted her chairs, and I loved the idea but I have no place at home for one more chair, not even on. So I kept on looking at those nasty chairs in my garage ,but there is no way I can add one chair in my home without making my place crowded.

So after sleepless nights ( yes yes I'm having lately so many sleepless nights after I got addicted to DIY projects) I finally got a good idea : PAINTING A LAMP SHADE. I wanted to try painting fabrics so why not a fabric of a lamp shade!

I had this lamp shade for several months, first I wanted to recover it with fabric, but his hexagonal shape scared me so I kept on postponing the project.

So painting it was better and cheaper:

1- I used acrylic paint and since the yellow was so bright I mixed it with off white latex paint.

2- I watered the lamp shade with a wet brush.

Watering the lamp shade

3- I painted it 3 coats.

It was too bright so I added off white latex paint to tone it down

After one coat of paint

4- I ruffled a ribbon.

5- I attached the ribbon with hot glue , but I'm thinking about removing the top ruffle and just keeping the flower ,what do you think?

I applied silver leaf to the base of the lamp

Update: Thanks to you girls, I removed the ruffle just left the flower, Now I LOVE IT

Since I loved the way it turned out and how easy it was, one day I will be painting this chair :)


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  1. Thanks for the heads up! Love it! Looks like it was always yellow. Great work. I like it with just the ruffled flower, I think. Yay - and I love that chair!

  2. I like the painted shade! It looks totally different! I think I would remove the ruffle from the top, so that the focus can be on the flower, but it looks good with it too.

  3. I love the little flower! Very cute :) Just liked your FB page :)

  4. oooh, the possibilities for lampshades has just opened WAY up!. very cool! And your guest room is just divine.

  5. Another cute lampshade tut! Yours turned out lovely. :D I did a mod podge with fabric lampshade a couple of weeks ago which ended up with MORE views than my top 4 posts of all time... combined. I'm sure yours will too- it's AWESOME!

    Thanks for sharing while I visiting from the Shabby Nest Linky Party today,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  6. What a great idea! Yours is great! Very good job! I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! God bless!

  7. Awesome tutorial! I would never have guessed they were painted, they look fantastic! I'm visiting from the NJAH linky party, I hope you'll pop by and say hello!

    I also have a linky party every Tuesday and would love it if you'd link up your tutorial! :) xoxo

  8. Wow, you got me thinking of all the lamapshades I have stored away. Yours turned out wonderful and I love the flower. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.

  9. Who would'ave ever thought of painting a lampshade.....? What us bloggers won't do for a quick change, huh? lol! That lamp turned out so stinkin' cute, I can't believe it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  10. I new though about painting a lampshade, but you may have just started a new trend!

    Thanks so much for linking to Potpourri Friday. You participation is appreciated.

  11. I would never have thought you could do this! I prefer the shade with just the ruffled flower -- love the colors you used!

  12. Thank you!! I have 2 lampshades that could really use a good painting! Thank you for sharing.

  13. What a great way to re-purpose a shade. Thanks for sharing, it looks fabulous.

  14. Oh how pretty! I'm working on painting one now in a dry brush of ivory on dark green and adding ivory ribbon knotted and draped all over it...we'll see if i flub up lol. love yours. the dry brush is giving it a dull green burlap look.

  15. very cute! I'm sending this to my daughter, she has two to do, and what a perfect idea. thanks, Little Bit from

  16. Great job! I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll come check me out over at

  17. Rasha, just found your blog and I really really like all your crafts and DIYs! So I'm now following you! Hope you visit my place also when you get a chance!
    Love, Olga

  18. I think it's gorgeous! I loved the ribbon too but either way looks beautiful! I'll be featuring this one!

  19. love this lamp and shade. I am going to give this a try. I can never find the right shade for my lamps.

  20. This is GREAT! LOve your Blog! Please pop over to our blog and follow us too!

  21. Great idea!!! I super heart love it and the flower is perfect on it!

  22. SO Cool. I never knew you could do that with lamp shades! Great job!

  23. What a BEAUTIFUL lamp!!!! The flower is the perfect touch. I spray painted a shade once but it made the fabric brittle and cracked. I'll have to try your method. And can't wait to see the chair when you're done!!

  24. I've never thought to paint a old, drab lampshade! What a great idea!

  25. It looks great in yellow, well done!

  26. This is so cute! I have the perfect lampshade that I want to paint now!! Found you via Show Me What Ya Got link up :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  27. The lamp looks great. Love the color! i am seriously in love with the curtains you have the lamp next to. Stopping by from show me what ya got link up.

  28. LOVE..LOVE..LOVE...THE IDEA!! Just went thru a terrible divorce and I am starting over. I have purchased a lot of lamps at garage sales that are all mismatched. Now I can paint the lampshades very easily to coordinate with each room..THANK YOU!!!!!!


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