Paint Your Own Lamp Shade

As soon as I saw this lamp base, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my living room.

I loved the shape and the color was fabulous! It didn’t come with a lamp shade, but the price was right and I was sure I could find something somewhere, so I brought the lamp home and my search for the perfect shade began.

I searched.

and searched.

and I searched.

And months later, I still had nothing.

I knew what I wanted. In fact, I saw shades I really liked all over the place.

This one was a favorite of mine, but the price was not gonna happen!

One day I decided I didn’t need to sacrifice style with practicality, and so I set out to make my own.

I found the cheapest lamp shade in the size and shape I loved. It was five bucks- perfect.

I love the simple shape, and the size of it was perfect, but it was lacking color and I wanted this to pop.

First, I grabbed some paint- Kings Gold from Apple Barrel.

I painted the lampshade and because there was a texture on it, I had to do a pretty thick coat to make sure it got into all the fibers. But then it was really wet, and my patient self decided to help it dry a bit by rubbing the excess paint off with a napkin. Then I realized this actually helped bring the texture back into the lamp shade that maybe letting it dry on its own wouldn’t do. {For once my impatient-ness pays off!)

Now it was time to add some dimension and fun to this lamp shade!

I could’ve used a stencil, but instead I chose to use a baby food jar.

Just dip the jar into the paint and “stamp” it onto the shade. Do this over and over stamping circles side by side. Go crazy!

I taped off the rims of the shade with some painters tape so I can keep clean lines on the top and bottom.

I’ve used this circular stamping technique for 3 or 4 projects and I love it!

{It might just become my signature mark!}

It is easy and fun and adds a cool geometrical pattern. And you can use any object around your home to get this result- the baby food jar just happened to be the perfect size for me! Any bigger and it probably wouldn’t have been the “pop” I was looking for, any smaller it may have been too busy.

I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Even more thrilled that the lamp shade only cost me $5 plus paint.

{And that makes my husband happy too.}

I’m curious to know, in your home, how do you balance your practical needs with your style wants?

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Stephanie
Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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