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A Quick and Easy Lampshade Update

A Quick and Easy Lampshade Update


Take a deep breath…did you feel that? That’s the fresh air of spring!

It is here and it brings a much needed sense of hope to all of us and especially here at the Little Blue House by the Bay. The Bay and the water play a big role in my inspiration for many DIY projects and this lamp was no exception. The cool breeze and the salty air of summer are something I cannot imagine living without and were part of my inspiration for this makeover.

knotted rope lamp with shadeWhen I spotted this beautiful lamp wrapped in sisal, I was very impressed with the look and quality of this piece. It was solid, heavy and just the right size for the project I had in mind.

The rope was my inspiration to give this lamp a nautical theme and the ship's anchor does exactly that. I wanted to use a stencil to put an anchor on the shade but I knew that there would not be any available nearby. So…I did what every DIY blogger does and made my own with what I had around the house!

Here is how I painted the anchor on the fabric lampshade:

  1. knotted sisal rope lampI traced the anchor on freezer paper (from the Grocery store) and cut it out with an Xacto knife. This took a bit of time as I was really trying not to rip the freezer paper. Hint…if you make your own stencil, use a very sharp Xacto knife, it makes all the difference.
  2. I taped it to the lampshade using scotch tape and dabbed the paint very carefully onto the fabric being careful not to saturate my brush with too much paint. I dabbed my brush on paper towel before applying it to the lampshade.

It was an easy process and something that I will try again. I was worried about how the fabric would “handle” the paint. I was delighted to see that it was a beautiful medium and it turned out exactly how I had pictured it.

I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and combined Bergere with Eulalie’s Sky to create this beautiful custom color.  Whether at your home or cottage, a little add on like this anchor can transform any piece to suit your home decor.

painted sisal lamp

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Colette Carrier

About Colette Carrier

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Hi my name is Colette and I am a Middle School Teacher, mother, and obsessed furniture painter. Nothing makes me happier than finding a piece of furniture and transforming it with Milk Paint! sanding, no priming and no chemicals! You can literally paint a dresser from start to finish in one afternoon! I hope you follow along on this journey with me and get inspired to pick up a brush and start painting...I know you'll be happy you did!

  • Christa Robertson

    Where can I find a lamp base like this? I'm obsessed

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