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This month proved difficult! With all of my projects (business cards, bag, sewing, etc) going in preparation for Alt, it's been hard to keep up with everything else. But, don't fret! 




Here is where it got tricky! I've been painting coats of paint for the past three days. After three coats of paint, the interior looks amazing, but when I put the light comes on you can still see streaks through it. 
These pictures were taken after four coats: 
These were taken after eight coats: 
 At this point, I love the gold! And the coats did make a difference. However, I felt like it wasn't making that much of a change between the coats. I didn't want to take the time to do 20 coats.
So Plan B! Cover the outside of the lampshade with paper! I've seen this done lots of times, but have never done it myself. 


I used Zots to adhere the paper to the outside of the lampshade. Then I trimmed the excess paper, and glued down the edges with PVA Glue. I used this glue because it's a great paper glue and I knew it dries clear. Plus, I had it on hand! :) 



I love my new lamp! I learned that things don't always turn out like you planned, but that's okay! On second thought, I may not have used the right lampshade or paint. Has anyone else tried this? Did you succeed? 

Cost: $8 for the lampshade (Target), $4 paint (Collage), $3 Lamp (Thrift Store)
Difficulty: Easy, just time-consuming

* This post is part of my new project for 2012. Living Martha Stewart Living. Every month, I will make a few projects from the current month's magazine and share it with you! Click here for more information. *




Reader Comments (3)

I haven't seen the project in MSL yet so I have to just assume that brushing on the gold paint was what they say to do, but I wonder if using spray paint would be easier or perhaps provide more consistent, even coverage?

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkewpiedoll99

I love how you worked through the project when it didn't turn out as planned! I can't wait to see the next one.

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterP├ętra

I know this comment is a year late, but I only just saw this tutorial. I have painted a number of lampshades, and a very pretty way of doing it quickly is to use a sea sponge dipped in paint instead of a brush. Two colours sponged on together look even better e.g. blue plus white. Dip the sponge into one colour, then dip the other end into the second colour. pat the sponge onto the lampshade, aiming for an opaque coverage, with both colours blending in parts to create different hues. Reload the sponge as necessary. Only one coat is necessary.

When the light is off, the effect is a sort of marbled look, but when it is turned on, you see a pretty lacy effect.

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIlmarlai

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