Can you paint a fabric lamp shade?

peachiepieJuly 1, 2009

I have a lamp shade that I really like and I want to change the color because I can't find a black one that would work with my base. Anyone ever painted a shade before? This is a fabric shade.

Please give me your suggestions about how I might do this using a spray product. Please recommend a spray product. I am open to any and all suggestions. I am in the midst of doing a foyer/lr/dr refresher.

Thanks.

Peachie

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pris

I don't know for sure but I know Genevieve did it. (paint fabric that is) They do make fabric paint for doing things like making designs on fabric. Try your local crafts store. I just don't know how good the black would cover. Or you can try a black spray paint if you decide that your shade just doesn't work in it's present color and know that if it doesn't work your shade will be ruined.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 2:49PM
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newhomebuilder

I know people of this board have done it successfully, but I tried it and the shade looked horrible when the light was turned on.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 5:05PM
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mclarke

As Newhomebuilder says, you could do it, but since it's fabric, it would probably look splotchy when you turn the light on. Especially since you want it to be black.

Most black lampshades are opaque -- which means that they are made of paper, or cardboard.

Have you looked online for a replacement shade?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 5:11PM
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peachiepie

Hi ladies,

Thanks for commenting.

I have tried to find a black shade locally but had no luck. Will have to get the dimensions of the shade I have and search the Internet. There has got to be black shades.

Again, thanks.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 6:18PM
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mclarke

If you can post a photo of the shape you want, and the dimensions that you need, we'll help you.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 6:32AM
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cooperbailey

I think cliffandJoan painted her chandelier shades and she is very pleased. I probably got her name wrong-sorry!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 8:00AM
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anele_gw

How about just gluing a new fabric on it?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 9:01AM
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lottamoxie

Since it's (made of) fabric you could try dyeing it in a vat of black dye -- I would order some of the good fiber reactive dye and not just use the Rit stuff. Or you could look to see if there is a business in your area that does fabric dyeing and talk to them.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 9:27AM
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peachiepie

Thanks so much everyone. I found a replacement shade at Lighting Direct. Comes with free shipping. Should have within a week.

Love this site. Always good suggestions and advice. I'm appreciative.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 10:58AM
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mclarke

Wooo-hooo!

Good news, peachiepie. Thanks for letting us know!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 11:17AM
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peachiepie

Hi mclarke,

One thing I left out of that is LD has a code for $25 off certain items-code is WELCOME25. Got a buffet lamp for $27.

Peachie

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 6:34PM
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