Custom Lamp Shade #2 July 19, 2011
You may recall that I recently attempted to make a lampshade for my newly acquired vintage lamp.
So, I thought about painting the shade. Free hand? Not talented enough. Plus, it would take far longer than the one hour I allot to most projects of this nature. I thought about using stencils, but just imagined what a mess I could make of my $29.99 lamp shade, from Lamps Plus. So I went down the path of least resistance, using painter’s tape to create vertical stripes.
Make sure the tape is spread equal distance around the lamp and that the lines are straight up and down. Place the taped shade on a clean drop cloth in the shade, (no pun intended) shake the can well, to mix the paint and spray the shade evenly from a 6-8″ distance. After one light coat, allow the shade to dry for at least 30 minutes, before applying a second coat of paint.
Plain or striped, enjoy the day!