DIY Lampshade Update: Pinterest Challenge

Lamp Shade Update - DIY Painted Navy Stripe

Why yes, I know I’m a day early, but I did two projects for the Winter Pinterest Challenge. I’ll be back tomorrow to share the more involved project. This project only took about 20 minutes total – including taping and two coats of paint. I had lots of grand ideas for what to do to update the lampshade but when I though hard about it, I realized I didn’t want an overly involved pattern. I was also concerned that if I did one of the ribbon ideas, it would look good in pictures, but in real life it might look like “Oh, you glued some ribbon to your lampshade…” So that’s how the idea of the navy stripe was born.

There’s no tutorial, because it was super simple! I taped off a stripe using some blue painters tape and then taped of another a few inches above the first. Then I simply painted the stripe using some Martha Stewart “Deep Sea” Craft Paint in a satin finish. I thought one coat would do the trick, until I turned on the light, at which point it was clear that I did not get good coverage everywhere. It was an easy fix though – I just painted another coat over the first with the light turned on, to make sure that I got proper coverage the second time around!

Lamp Shade Update - DIY Painted Navy Stripe and New Pillows

So what do you think? I think it’s already brightened up that spot! I’m still considering painting, or otherwise updating the lamp itself. Maybe some white paint? Or some sisal rope? What project are you sharing tomorrow?

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P.S. I’ll also be linking up at some of these fun parties


14 thoughts on “DIY Lampshade Update: Pinterest Challenge

  1. Wow! This is really cool. I’m always a little nervous to do paint on fabric, but this looks like it was really easy and the results are awesome. This tiny detail makes the lamp really pop. Can’t wait to see what else you do in the space.

    • Thanks Danielle. I was a little nervous too. Luckily this shade was very inexpensive & I figured if I don’t like the results I can always hide it by covering the lampshade with fabric or just replacing it! It turned out to be very easy! I think the most important step is making sure that there are no bubbles in the blue tape to keep a crisp(ish) line!

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