The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Upcycling boring lampshades with fabric, spray paint and a glue gun.

Last month I was given some beautiful fabric to play with and I did a guest post at Mom It Forward, sharing how to recover some basic, boring lampshades using new fabric, a glue gun and a little bit of spray paint.  In case you missed it, I am sharing it here today.

I love beautiful, colorful fabrics.  (Who doesn’t, right?) Riley Blake Designs has some gorgeous prints and I knew it was just the thing to take some boring chandelier lampshades from drab to fab!

paisley, riley blake designs, lampshade, chandelier, turquoise

First I took the plain white chandelier shades and disassembled them.  I pulled off the fabric covering and the trim on the top and bottom of the shade.

Using the old fabric as a template, cut out new pieces of fabric.   I chose to reuse the original trim from the lampshades rather than buy new trim.  I took them outside and I spray painted them.

That’s right… you can spray paint just about anything, including fabric.  Lots of light coats is the key.

When it’s time to attach the fabric and trim to the shades, fire up your glue gun.  This also only needs a light touch.  A small dab of glue in a few places is all it takes.

This really is a quick and simple change that can take your lampshades from so-so to super.

Look around your house… what would you recover?

Check out the bottom of the blog to see where I link up.



Kelli said...

June 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm
I adore that fabric!!! I need to do something like this because I want a cute little lamp for my desk.

SueAnn Lommler said...

June 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Love the new look...perfect!

Megan said...

June 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm
These look great. Love, Love, Love the fabric choice.

Lesley at Fabulously Flawed said...

June 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm
Ok, so if you wanna just mail those to me that'd be great. :)
I love the fabric. You have lurvly taste!

MiMi said...

June 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm
I love how you change those out all the time! Love that fabric!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

June 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm
That's a brilliant idea to paint the trim! I never would have thought of that. Love the fabric!

Emmy said...

June 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm
Oh once again so cute!! Love it. And that fabric really is awesome

At The Picket Fence said...

June 7, 2012 at 1:42 am
Awesome job! I love that you spray painted the trim. You clever girl you! :-)

srpprcrftr said...

June 7, 2012 at 5:00 am
Wow what a transformation, from ok to super duper. Those look so fantastic and you made it look so easy. Good old spray paint, who-do- thunk it huh? Smart gal to spray the trim. Alot quicker, easier, less expensive and labor lighter.
Makes me even want to try it and I don't have any of those little shades to cover. Am considering putting a wonderful image via transfer on one of my lamp shades. Really hesitating as if I don't like it then I'm out a nice lamp shade. oh what the heck I"ll go for it. Thanks for sharing a great project. You inspire and give me courage.

Bliss said...

June 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Pinned. (I can remember the ziplock trick without pinning... I hope!)


nest of posies said...

June 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm
love this!

such an easy update for the little details that make a room.


Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

June 11, 2012 at 3:10 am
I love these!! And it's so clever of you to spray paint the trim! They look so great!

Summer @ Summer Scraps said...

June 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Love the new look - and fabric - great job!

Vanessa Barker said...

June 13, 2012 at 4:05 am
This is so cute. I just saw a whole bunch of lampshades at DI today, and now I might go get some and make "seasonal" shades!!

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