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Monday, October 10, 2011

{DIY} Metallic Lined Lampshades

Hello m'dears! How was your weekend, besides too short?! Ours was jam-packed with all the best stuff....night out with friends, paint, Halloween decor and Mexican food! Try as I did, I wasn't able to stump you guys with my project plan for the weekend. You clever cookies spotted the gorgeous gold-lined lampshades with no problems.

So how'd they turn out? See for yourself!


Love, Love, Love! And it was a really simple makeover, so love it more! I thought about lining them with gold paper like Jenny, but decided to try the Metallic Masters I used for the side table (that way the golds would be cohesive, as well). Since my lampshade has a liner, I was able to paint directly on it. Some shades have paper liners, mine is a polyester of sorts, which worked out fine.

See how much is going finial, silver frame, white liner? Looks like it was patched together. Oh wait, it was! But certainly not the look I'm going for.


Using a small craft brush, I painted around the lip, careful not to get much paint on the black fabric.


And did the same along the seam.


Then I switched to a foam brush (to avoid brush strokes showing through when the lamp is on), and painted the entire shade, keeping the lines horizontal.


For a more even coverage and smooth finish, I painted the second coat diagonally. You want to keep the saturation of paint consistent all the way around, or some spots will be darker when the light is on.


The last step was to Rub 'n Buff (yep, using it as a verb now, it's that good) the finial and frame.


Now all the parts are a happy, gold family!


Pretty big difference, no? I love how the gold really pops off the black shade.


It certainly kicks them up a notch, and adds more glamour to the room, dahling!

Picnik collage


Picnik collage

Hold on to your hats for the money shot....this shows the true glow they give off at night.


I blew this picture out so could see what I mean about getting consistent coverage with your paint, and why I changed directions of the brush strokes between layers. But it's not noticeable in person.


And since I had the paint out, I did a quick layer over the coppery finish of the lamp base.


They looked a little tarnished to me before, but now they have the right about of brightness.

Picnik collage

And one more because I just can't get enough.


It doesn't look like a $30 Home Goods lamp any more, does it? I'd better be careful with the gold though, it's close to looking like Liberace lives up in here!

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  1. Wow--love the lamps! Beautiful and glamorous.

  2. This is such a neat idea, and they look amazeballs!!!

  3. Wow! What a difference! I need to find a project to try that on...

  4. They look fantastic Cassie! They really tie everything in the room together.

  5. Cassie, they are wonderful! Thanks for the how made it look easy! FYI, love your couch!

  6. I was curious if you would paint or spray them. They turned out super cute. They even look great when the light is off.

  7. What a tranformation! Gorgeous!

  8. greatd idea! gives it a finished look!

  9. It looks really great! I tweet a picture this weekend of a highboy that was $49 and I thought of the yellow one you painted.

    I just scooped up some rally great shades as well.

    That metallic is certainly GOOD stuff!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  10. Amazing makeover! They really look finished now. So rich and high-end! Great job {as always!}. :)

  11. Oh my gosh Cassie that is the bomb. What a brilliant idea, they look like a million bucks.

  12. ooh what a difference! Would never think to do that

  13. Gorge!!!! Its amazing what little touch of gold will do.

  14. Love it. I am on the hunt for he perfect lamp for my desk and I defiantly want to add some love to the inside. Do you think you could paint any color?

  15. The gold lining is much more gooder!

  16. It turned out *perfect*...and don't worry, you still don't hold a candle to Liberace...which is a *REALLY* good thing! I love the soft glow of the gold with the lamps on! You and Mr. Sugarplum need a romantic night in with your new lamps (c: hehehe...

  17. love it! You are just too talented my dear!!

  18. They look fantastic! Excellent job!

  19. Wow- I love this look. I never would have thought to do this but it looks fantastic!

  20. Wow! They look so glam and expensive! We all must have lamp on the brain because I tackled a lamp redo in my own space this weekend too!

  21. I agree they "fit" that much better in the room now. If only I had surfaces for lamps. :)

    Haley @thedistractedblogger

  22. Oh so fantastic Cassie!! It's a much more cohesive look now! The glow at night is so romantic. I bet it makes you just want to sit and stare at them! I would!

  23. Cassie- where did you get your black shades? I'm having a really hard time finding any. Thanks! Amy

  24. What a difference! They look awesome!

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed Home

  25. Love this idea!! I need to buy some new lampshades and I just love the effect gold lined shades give! Fabulous job :)

  26. So much better! I'd love to know more about your sofa - where did you get it?

  27. So chic Cassie- what a great idea! I didn't think they looked bad before, but they look 100% better now!

  28. Girl!!! You are good! How in the world did you think of doing that! love it!

  29. Love the idea and would like to try it myself one of these days. My biggest challenge is finding lampshades. Do you have a source for drum shades that you could share, Cassie?

  30. Wow, definitely an improvement, and they look more cohesive now for sure!

  31. You are a genius! a DIY Goddess. I have been dreaming of doing the same thing to a certain shade in my home--and now I know how! Thanks. I pinned this, of course.

  32. What a difference that makes! They look perfect in the room!

  33. Seus trabalhos sào lindos,adoro visitar seu blog.
    Parabéns e bjs

  34. love the touch of glam that the gold paint adds!

  35. I better type this fast...I'm on my way out the door for Mexican food myself! But I couldn't not comment...Your lamps look fantastic! SO glad you gave this tutorial...I have two lamps that I was hoping to do the same thing to. I just wasn't sure how to go about it. Thank you!!

  36. Loving the glam you added! I really like them!


Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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