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   Decorating a plain white lamp shade Posted by Jo 
February 15, 2008 
Jo
 

Toolbox

  • plain lamp shade
  • paint
  • foam brush
  • glue gun
  • decorative embellishments
  • spray glue

Photos

  • Lamp shade blank
    Figure 1
  • Lamp shade painted
    Figure 2
  • Lamp shade fur
    Figure 3
  • Lamp shade finished
    Figure 4
  • Lamp shade installed
    Figure 5

As easy as it is to obtain decorative supplies there should be no reason that you have a white lamp shade in your home. That being said, I found a plain, white lamp shade in my home and decided to do something about it. This particular lamp will reside in my daughter’s big girl room that I mentioned before that I will be working on over the next few months. Since the colors for the room are bright pink, blue, orange and green I felt it necessary to go over-the-top on the lamp shade.

Like I said, I started with a plain, white shade (Fig 1) and decided to paint it with the pink paint I will be using on one of her walls. I did this with a regular foam brush and kept putting it on the actual lamp to see if I had missed any spots. If you put it on the lamp and turn it on, it will quickly show you any areas where your coverage might be a little thin. I let the paint thoroughly dry (Fig 2) and then I was ready to begin embellishing it.

I chose some neon green fur to line the top and bottom of the lamp. I decided to use my handy-dandy glue gun to affix the fur to the lamp (Fig 3). Caution: hot glue is by nature hot and easily comes through the thin fur as you are pressing it down. :) I trimmed off the ends and put a dab of hot glue on each end so that the trim would not come unraveled.

Next, I had selected some brightly colored flower patches to put on my lamp shade. I bought two packets of different sized flowers at my local craft store and used spray glueicon to affix them to the shade. Once I had placed all of my flowers, my shade was complete (Fig 4). When I installed it on the lamp (Fig 5) I couldn’t believe how cute it was!

To decorate your own shade, the possibilities for decorative accessories and trims are endless. Here are just a few fun ones that I found that I thought would look really great on a lamp shade:

2 comments so far:

  1. Linda said: (June 1st, 2014 at 2:20 pm)

    Is it safe to use these lamps with the paint or mod podge coating them? I have read somewhere that you should not use more than a 40 watt light bulb & should not leave the lamp on for extended periods of time. What is your experience with this?

  2. Chica said: (June 2nd, 2014 at 8:10 pm)

    Linda, it does not seem like a good idea to me to expose chemicals like that to heat, but you would need to read the package warnings to be sure what is or isn’t a danger.

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