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Lampshade Makeover...With Paint

Lampshade Makeover...With Paint

So I had this lampshade that had faded badly. It went from black to a sort of aubergine. I liked the shape and if I had bought a replacement, it would have looked just like it, except for the aubergine part. Because the shade itself is plastic with a fabric overlay, I thought it might paint up nicely. It did! I put one coat of Canyon Black in satin on all four sides, avoiding the bias trim edges at the top and bottom, which hadn't faded. More than one coat will block out the light from the light source completely (I tested a part that's unseen), if that's the look you're going for. It wasn't what I wanted, so I just put on the one coat. Also, on the bit I tested, I used a different black paint with an eggshell finish. It dried blotchy. The satin Canyon Black didn't. Overall, I think it looks better than it did when it was new. The depth of the black paint maybe? The much less-noticeable swirls in the fabric? Either way, I'm pleased.

created at: 2009-07-15

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