Lampshades are some of the easiest accessories in your home to customize on-the-cheap! Below you can see two very different looks using the same thrift store drum lampshade that I purchased several years ago for $2. When I first made-over my boys’ bedroom in 2009, I created a man’s flannel shirt lampshade. I still love this look and it was fun to be able to put love notes and toys in the shirt pocket to surprise the boys! But we were all ready for a fresh look and I was ready to DIY a lampshade! I took that same lampshade, pulled off the flannel, and stenciled it!
Since a lampshade is not a flat surface, you will want to purchase stencil adhesive spray. I used Martha Stewart brand for this project. My stencil is from Royal Design Studios (and I won it for free at the Snap Conference—woohoo). I would normally use acrylic paints for stenciling, but I didn’t feel like buying any so simply used the exact same latex paint that I used on the walls. It worked beautifully. I don’t have a picture of my foam brush below, but I just used a disposable craft foam brush.
I thought the bottom edge of the lampshade looked a bit unfinished, so I added some pretty blue ribbon with fabric glue.
Oh yes, and you might have noticed that the nightstand received a little makeover as well! Below you can see how it has transformed over the years :). This time around, I used Krylon spray paint in Chrome to give the room some bling….er…I mean some boyish space-age charm!
My boys are thrilled with their new lampshade, and I’m thrilled that it cost me $0 to make!