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painting a lampshade before upcycling?

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LunaLoveg00d Sat 10-Sep-16 16:53:56

I have bought an ancient standard lamp on Gumtree for a tenner and have plans to upcycle it. My plan is to use my extensive stash of buttons to decorate the shade and paint the upright bit in a zingy shade - possibly orange or lime green.

The current shade is like the one in the picture, sort of a flock wallpaper effect. I don't want to have to go out and buy a new shade - sort of counteracts the point of upcycling and something new from something old. So I was wondering if I could perhaps paint the lampshade instead with some plain white/cream paint and then stick the buttons on?

Thelovecats Sat 17-Sep-16 06:06:20

You can use chalk paint to paint fabric, but the pattern may still show. What about just using the metal frame?

JT05 Sat 17-Sep-16 10:24:01

How about using the metal frame and stringing the buttons vertically on it. You could alternate the button strings with orange or lime green ribbon, or both.

LunaLoveg00d Sat 17-Sep-16 22:22:08

I ended up painting the upright bit and spraying the shade with gold paint - very please with the way it turned out.

LunaLoveg00d Sat 17-Sep-16 22:22:46

Keeping the buttons for another project, not decided what yet.

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