8 Creative Ways to Give Your Ordinary Lampshade a Lift
A fun and budget-friendly way to introduce change into a room is by reinventing your boring, basic lampshades. These eight ideas include something for every style.
Abstract Painted Lampshade
Make use of any leftover interior house paint by incorporating it into a lampshade paint project. Start by lightly drawing your intended design on the shade with pencil. Then, using a small, 2-inch angled brush, apply paint in thin, even coats. Let the paint dry between layers. Tip: The best way to keep your painted lines neat and clean is to go very slowly.
For this project, start by choosing two shades of all-purpose dye that will go well together and match your existing decor. Next, fill a tub partway with hot water and dip the lampshade into the water to test the level. Once the desired water level is reached (roughly halfway up the lampshade), add the dye to the tub and stir gently. Use a strip of paper towel to test the color and adjust the dye as needed. Place the shade into the water and soak for 10-15 minutes. Drain the water, flip the lampshade over and repeat the process with your second color. The first and second colors should barely overlap on the shade. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Black & Gold Lampshade
Start with a plain white drum lampshade and cover the top and bottom edges with painters tape. Use gold spray paint and carefully spray the inside of the shade with two coats, allowing the paint to dry between coats. When dry, remove the painters tape and apply several coats of black fabric paint to the outside of the shade. Let the shade dry and then pair it with a contemporary style lamp base for a sleek, high-end look.
Ombre designs are popular and will not be going away any time soon. Consider embracing the trend with this DIY ombre shade. To start, paint the outside of the shade with paint colors going from light to dark. As you apply the colors from the top down, take a wet foam brush and blend the colors where they meet on the shade. Be sure to work fast — once the paint is dry, it’s harder to blend.
Rope Border Lampshade
Give a linen-covered lampshade a nautical-style makeover by applying cording to the bottom edge. Simply wrap the base with .28-inch-diameter cord, hot-gluing as you go. Switch colors after a few rows to make stripes of cream, white and gold, or choose another appropriate color scheme.
Recycled Fabric Lampshade
If you have an old T-shirt dress taking up space in the closet, consider giving it new life on a lampshade. All you have to do is wrap the hem of the dress around the bottom of the shade and hot-glue it in place. Then, scrunch the rest of the dress down around the shade, creating folds and texture. Once you’ve achieved the look you desire, trim the dress an inch above the top edge of the shade and hot-glue the cut edge to the inside of the lampshade. Tip: A small-sized dress in a stretchy fabric works best for this project.
If you’re looking for an easy option, this spray paint makeover is it. Simply use painters tape to create a geometric pattern on the shade, wrapping the ends of the tape around the top and bottom edges of the shade. In an area that is well ventilated, spray paint the shade using wide, sweeping motions. Apply paint until you obtain the desired coverage. Allow the shade to dry and peel off the tape. Using a metallic paint pen, go over the edges of the paint to glam them up.
Create a clever silhouette effect on a lampshade by attaching a stencil to the inside of the shade with stencil adhesive. When the adhesive is dry, use a small brush to dab black paint into the stencil openings. Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry. Reposition the stencil and repeat the process until the entire inside of the shade has been covered.