Monday, January 24, 2011

Spray Painted Lamp Shades

So as I mentioned before--we are now in the process of redecorating our Master Bedroom.

I started with these lamps--and if you remember I had just covered the lamp shades (HERE) last year.  But to be honest--I wasn't really ever too in love with them.  So it didn't break my heart to rip off the fabric and start over.

You may remember how lamp #1 started its life before the wonders and magic of spray paint:

Then after spray paint and with the new fabric shade:

And here is lamp #1 after several thin layers of brown spray paint--and let me just say that I LOVE the shades this way! 

However--I got sort of excited about painting and started on lamp #1 before I had taped off any of the inside of the lamp.  So then the inside was splattered with over spray.  So I had no choice but to spray the inside of the shade as well.

So now it looks like this:
No big deal--it just darkens the light coming through a little more and doesn't look QUITE as professional.

So I learned from my mistake and used a plastic shopping bag and painters tape to tape off the inside of Lamp #2

Like So:

Even though it can be tedious and boring to do the proper prep work before a painting project--the results are worth it.

This one looks much better:

So here's a little before and after for ya (My favorite part of any makeover).



Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE spray paint?


  1. I use spray paint on just about everything but I never would have thought of using it on a lampshade! It looks great!

  2. I've spray painted shades before also, and it works great. Love your new brown color. Looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  3. It looks beautiful!!!! I have not spray painted a lamp shade before. This one turned out really nice.

    Adin B

  4. Girls would definitely love that lamp. That looks really really fresh and unique!

  5. Thanks for sharing that simple but very remarkable tutorial, I'll surely be trying that one out. I love your output, that just brought up my day!

  6. Do you just use regular spray paint?

  7. So what kind of spry paint do you use. Most spray paints say they are flamable.

  8. In answer to your question--I have used just regular Krylon spray paint. It worked great for me. :O)

  9. I've had a couple people ask me if you could use acrylic paint to paint on lamp shades...and I say go for it! I have had a lot of success using acrylic paint on many different surfaces. I have not tried it on a lamp shade--but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Come to think of it--a friend of mine did--and hers look fabulous!

  10. How does it look when it is turned on?

  11. Try painting the inside of your shade with gold paint. I used the kind you find at the dollar in the little bottle and brushed it on . It came out fantastic !!! and give the room a nice glow

  12. Does the shade look spotty when the light is turned on?

  13. Thank you for all your information. I recently acquired an old lamp from the 40's and I have been looking for a shade for it....I was shocked at how much the antique shades were selling for. I finally bought the cheapest one because it was so ugly. :) Now with your idea and info I am going to paint it the way I want....thinking of using stencils for a rose effect. Keep up the good work!

  14. What color of brown did you use? Was it enamel or what? Indoor/outdoor? Were the lamps lined in plastic, cardboard, fabric, etc.? I am in the process of doing this and want to get a good result. Thanks for your time and information!

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  17. Nice article. Very good job with spraying that lamp.

  18. Thank you for sharing this article, it is very easy to understand and informative. You can also use airless sprayer to help you paint faster and easier!

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