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How to Create Colorful Lampshades

By dripping colorful shades of paint, old lampshades are turned into a look of modern art.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Spray Paint the Lampshades

Sray-paint the lampshades with a flate white paint. When spray-painting, hold the can 10"-12" away from the surface of the object being painted and keep it moving for an even coat of paint.

Safety tip: Wear a protective mask when working with spray paint.

spray paint lamp shade coordinating color

Step 2: Add Water to Paints

Add a small amount of water to each of the three paints for a thin consistency.

Paint Colors: Benjamin Moore paint #2028-30, Tequila Lime; #370, Yellow Tone; #1649, Polaris Blue

add water to paint and mix

Step 3: Apply Paint to Lampshade

A foam brush is dipped in each paint color and pressed against the top of each shade, letting paint drip down the outside.

drips of paint show coordinating colors

Step 4: View the Transformation

The room is put back together. The art has set the tone for the fun color scheme that now creates a modern, hip gallery feel to the living room.

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