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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Painted Lampshade

For my new dorm room I struggled to find the perfect lampshade to go on my adorable owl lamp base! I searched and searched and finally found the perfect size and shape lampshade on sale at Wal-Mart! The only problem was that it didn't exactly match. I did lots of Pinterest searching for DIY ideas and finally came up with the idea to paint it! I wanted it to match the wall piece that I painted, so I decided to paint the dandelions that border the canvas onto the lamp shade.

I found my lamp shade ($5 at Wal-Mart), then taped off the metal on the inside if you're going to spray paint it. I didn't  tape off all of the inside just because I was in a rush to get it spray painted before it rained. If you're not going to spray paint it then you don't necessarily have to tape it off.

Then, prime! I tried spray paint but I ran out and so I didn't get to cover it well. I ended up just painting it with white acrylic paint. 

Then, I spray painted it the same blue that I spray painted the wooden frame around my canvas. 

After it dried, I painted the same dandelions on the shade that I painted on my wall piece (pictured above) so it would all tie in together!

I love how it turned out and how well it ties together with my room!


  1. That looks great! I love redoing things to make them match my taste :)


    1. Thanks Kristin! I'm a firm believer that a coat of paint will transform just about anything!!

  2. That is soooo cute! You did a great job! What a good idea.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

    1. Thanks Ellen! I've been itching to do it all summer! It was a lot of fun watching it all come together!

  3. Very charming I love. Love..Love this lighting