Thrifted Lampshade DIY / by Melody

Thrifted Lampshade DIY Add a touch of upcycled decor to your space with this easy thrifted lampshade DIY! I've been looking for a little lamp to brighten my space, and when I found this number at Goodwill for $5, I knew it was just what I needed. I changed out the original dented black shade with a $1 brown shade, brought it home, and got to work!

Thrifted Lampshade DIY

I used: Acrylic paint in white and cayman blue Foam and regular brush School glue Lace trim

Thrifted Lampshade DIY

This brown shade had to go. It's cute, but my room and studio space are white because I only have one window and I need all the light and reflection I can get.  So obviously, white was the color choice.

Thrifted Lampshade DIY

Paint your shade with the base color and foam brush. You may need to do a few coats in order to cover the old color. Allow to dry completely before painting your stripes.

Thrifted Lampshade DIY

Paint an accent stripe using the smaller brush! I was originally going to use that scotch tape you see in the materials photo, but it didn't stick to the shade and I didn't feel like struggling with the angle. So I drew a light pencil line around the shade, eyeballing the distance between line and top of shade. It was pretty even, and I found I liked the rustic way the painted line turned out. If you want a straight line with sharp edges, by all means, buy some painter's tape and try it!

Thrifted Lampshade DIY

Next, paint a second line, only a bit wider than the first one to accommodate your lace. The lace will be layered over the color. Again, straight sharp edges aren't important - I really do like the rustic look! Allow to dry.

Thrifted Lampshade DIY

Cut your lace trim to fit, and carefully glue on top of the wider paint stripe using school glue to secure. Allow to dry.

Thrifted Lampshade DIY

And voila! Set up your fresh new lamp and admire your handiwork. I'm really happy with the way mine turned out - it fits perfectly on my little shelves and lights up a corner of my room that really needed some illumination. Love it!

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