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).

Before:

After:

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE spray paint?

14 comments:

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

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

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

    Adin B

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

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  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!

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  6. Do you just use regular spray paint?

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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

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

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  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!

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  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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