I Love Lamp [Shade]

Remember these?


Well, I’ve done something fabulous with them and it was cheap, easy, and fast!

I stencilled a pattern onto the shades to dress ’em up:


To stencil your own lamp shades, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Plain lamp shades (mine were from Target)
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencil
  • Scotch tape (to hold stencil in place while you paint)
  • Sponge/paint brushes
  • Container (to hold the paint)
  • Bud Light  (optional, but I highly recommend one on a hot July day!)


Once I finished the shades, I was inspired to dress up the nightstands in my guest room. Here’s how it all  came together:

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  • Start your stencilling at the back of the shade while you are still getting used to the amount of paint and technique you need to use – if you mess up, it won’t be front and center (I had to learn that the hard way as I started right in the front).
  • Pick up a small amount of paint on your brush and dip it back in the paint frequently. Then, use a stippling motion to paint the shade rather than a brushing/stroking motion.

The stencil I bought came with a few other rad designs so I am on the hunt for my next stencilling project!

Thanks for reading!

4 comments on “I Love Lamp [Shade]

  1. poppyandjade says:

    The stencil adds so much to that lamp! They look really great. So funny too because I just finished up my own stencil project today as well over on my blog! Stenciling something can bring new life to it!

  2. Kevin K. says:

    I am wondering what makes the “front” any different than the “back” of a lampshade, such as the one you painted…. why didn’t you just twist it and call the old front the new back???

    • sharah says:

      Ohhhh Kevin – the shades have a seam where the two ends connect. I call this the “back” and I think it looks kind of hideous to have the seam at the front!

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