painted lamp shade (I love lamp)

When our friend Kristin posted a few weeks ago on the painted trend, we were digging a few of the items she found for her round-up. I’m on the hunt for a lamp, and I fell head over heels for this one. 

anthropologie_lampA few tiny problems: A. They don’t carry that base online at anthro, and B. The shade alone was a teensy bit not so much by one hundred dollars in our price range. So (surprise!) I decided to cook one up of my own, instead.


It’s definitely my own, with the same great effect as the inspiring piece, at a fraction of the would-be price. {We’re going to generously guess around 450.} Here’s what I did!


I was literally standing in the middle of Tarjay when I had this epiphany. I am sure if you wanted to reproduce the original shade, it would be with a white one, but I was going for a different look, and fell in love with the black. So I scooped up this shade + this base and brought them home.


Breaking out the fabric paint, and a brush I already had, I painted a stripe on the top (loosely, for that painted look).



And then on the bottom, and in the middle. I simply adjusted it as I went, the beauty of the ‘painted’ look being that I couldn’t really ruin this lampshade. Just gently blur the lines as you go, and you’re good. No perfection needed. Also, I’m pretty sure I could turn this lampshade into a good metaphor.

diy_lampshadeAnd before I knew it… Tada! My little recreation.


See what I did there?

I couldn’t resist.


Oh, and I guess you might be noticing that super deep blue that I’m oh so excited about… stay tuned. One of our spaces is a construction zone.

I let the kiddos pick this color per their request (after I gently swayed Emerson far far away from Barney-vom-purple).


Tada! Super excited about this pretty little lamp! Have an inspired day, y’all!

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Responses to painted lamp shade (I love lamp)

  1. LOVE!!! Glad I could inspire you 😛 xo-K

  2. Jenna says:

    Absolutely fantastic. I am so doing this. And I can’t wait to see the room!

  3. Wow! This turned out great!

  4. Tanya says:

    Your lamp is gorgeous!! Great knock off and I love the price :)

    xo, Tanya

  5. Denise Cerro says:

    I’m always looking for ways to update/save/redesign lamp shades…I love this simple trick. I have a black square shade sitting on my workbench…gonna go paint it now! Thank you…looks great!

  6. Sharon P says:

    I like yours so much better than the original one!

  7. Kathy says:

    Gorgeous job! It looks stunning against the blue. “sigh” I am in love with black and white and blue combos right now!

  8. Corey Coleman says:

    I too heart this shade. And “blurred lines” are very on trend this summer too…just as Alan Thicke. :)