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Autumn is the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book, and because it’s darker out, a new lamp in your favorite nook may be just the thing – but don’t settle for just any lamp – How about a custom hand-painted lamp? Today I’ll share how to paint a plain lampshade however you like. I chose a marigold theme for Día de los Muertos. (In Spanish, marigolds are called cempasúchiles, caléndulas, maravillas, or flor de muertos! Here’s a great video about the history of marigolds in Mexico if you’re interested.)
Ready to make your own hand-painted lampshade? Here we go!
Do-it-Yourself Hand-Painted Lampshade
What you need:
printer with ink
Styleselections lampshade #0352517
Portfolio lamp base #0526936
two similar shades of colored paint (I used Valspar Coral Reef and Valspar Tomato Bisque)
small craft paintbrushes
light bulb (check the box on the lamp base for the proper bulb. I needed a 13 watt CFL)
Note: I’ve given the specific lampshade and lamp base I used in case you want to get the same ones, but you can use any lampshade and lamp base you like. I recommend a lampshade with a white or light-color and smooth surface. Also, if you do a different design than the marigold, then obviously you may need more or different paint colors.
2. Remove plastic from the lampshade and take the base out of its packaging.
3. Carefully place the design face down on the inside of the lampshade and tape into place.
4. Assemble the lamp, including the light bulb. Turn the light on and make sure it’s positioned the way you want before you start painting.
5. Paint the flower petals as you see in the photo, avoiding the black lines. I used Valspar Coral Reef. (The colors I use came out kind of salmon-colored, so if you want a truer orange, you will want to use a different color.)
6. Use a lighter shade to paint a thin layer on each petal again, leaving a little of the darker color unpainted at the edges to give it more depth. You can see below I’ve started to paint a few of the petals with the second color.
7. Use black paint to fill in the outline.
8. Allow to dry. Remove the paper and tape from the inside of the lampshade. You’re finished!
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