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“Can you paint a lampshade?”

I wasn’t really sure when I suggested this idea to my SIL. She couldn’t find a cute pink lampshade for her new daughter’s nursery anywhere.

I have painted lots of things before, so I suggested…”How about we paint one? Can you paint a lampshade?” We decided to give it a go.

She had purchased a plain white one, but really wanted it to match the girly decor of the room.


Specifically, she wanted pink and bling. So, we bought some pink acrylic craft paint and started painting. I taped off the edges with painter’s tape and began. It took a few coats (the fabric absorbs paint like crazy), but we came out with a pretty cute pink lamp shade. Now, I cannot attest to the longevity of this shade…nor can I suggest leaving it on for hours and hours with a high watt lightbulb in it. Paint your lampshade at your own risk. However, for a lamp that is mostly decorative, this worked like a charm.

She added a beaded border to the edge and there ya have it! Super cute and much cheaper than a shade found in a specialty boutique!

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