My daughter’s bedroom is pretty dark even during the day because of the room darkening shade we have on her window. She has a ceiling fan with lights on it that we plan on switching out soon because for some reason our light bulbs keep burning out much quicker than they should.
I wanted her to have a lamp in her room for when she needs a little more light. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on it either. I found a simple silver lamp base and a plain white shade I knew that I could embellish to match her room.
Using a stencil and some paint I was able to transform the lampshade into something wonderful! Thank you to Amy from Mod Podge Rocks for supplying the stencil for this project.
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- Plain white lampshade
- Mod Podge stencil, Starlite
- Acrylic craft paints
- Paint brush
- Sparkle Mod Podge (optional)
To start with you will lay your stencil on the lampshade. Be sure to press it down firmly to make sure no paint will seep through the edges.
Note: Stenciling on a lampshade works best when you have a shade that goes straight down rather than having a bell or barrel shape. You could also use a square or rectangular shade. Using a shade that angles out makes it very hard to line up your stencil if you are working with a pattern that goes from top to bottom.
Start painting in the openings in the stencil. You want to do more of a dabbing motion rather than a sweeping brush motion. This helps to keep the paint in place.
I created an ombre effect with the paint using different shades of purple and blue that match my daughter’s comforter. Since this stencil has distinct rows in the pattern it was easy to paint each row at a time.
I simply wiped off my paint brush in between colors. I wasn’t too worried if some of the paint from the previous color was still on the brush.
Rinse off the stencil and dry thoroughly.
Be sure the paint is dry to the touch before applying the stencil on the lampshade again. You will overlap your stencil slightly to continue the pattern.
Since my daughter loves sparkly things, I added some sparkle Mod Podge using a small paint brush to some of the diagonal rows of the pattern once the original paint was dry. Not all of the painted shapes got glitter, so the effect is subtle.
I love the way this shade turned out. It is really pretty and feminine and works perfectly in her room.
Tell me in the comments, have you used a stencil to paint anything before?
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