Happy Labor Day! I hope you have a relaxing day spent with family and friends.
I just wanted to share a quick fixer-upper. I bought these lamps several years ago at Hobby Lobby 80 or 90% off.
Loved them as they were and they were the perfect size to flank my mantel...I love using lighting on the mantel! I have enjoyed them but am gradually moving away from so much red in the family room, so I put them away for a while. When the time came to pull them out and use them again (I have a big stash of accessories that I switch out all the time, do you?), I searched high and low for new shades. Not an easy task, being that these shades are very tall and narrow. Usually I just recover a shade that I'm tired of, but this one had curvy lines that would have made it really difficult. I couldn't walk into Ross or Target like I normally do and pick up a replacement. I'm sure I could have found some online or from a fancy lighting store that would have been the right size, but I wasn't willing to shell out the big bucks that I knew I'd have to pay.
I finally pulled out the scissors ready to snip off the old shade and try use it as a pattern to fashion some sort of new one, when a thought popped into my head. Paint fixes everything, right? Especially black paint! Why not try painting them? I was originally looking for a white shade, but knew that white wouldn't work over the red fabric. I use a lot of black accents so I decided to try it.
I used a bottle of Fabric Medium from Hobby Lobby and mixed some with my black acrylic paint. Not sure that you'd really have to use the medium but I thought it might help the paint go on the fabric more smoothly.
Using a foam brush, I applied the paint with a light touch as evenly as possible, being careful around the edges to get a clean line. I did discover that if I pressed too firmly the paint soaked through to the white silk liner underneath.
After the first coat I placed the shade back on the base with the light on and could still see the red showing through, so I painted a second coat. Perfect! All it took was less than two dollars for the paint and about 20 minutes.
I think the darker shades add a touch of sophistication and are a nice contrast to the brick.
In my opinion they look better than any replacement shade I might have found. Do you have an easy fix for tired lampshades?