We’ll show you how to paint a lampshade in a few simple-to-follow steps. Crafters use fabric paint, spray paint, and other finishes to change the look of old lampshades. We opted to use watercolors because these paints create a one-of-a-kind look that is eclectic and art-inspired.
You’ll need on-hand: Watercolors, paint brush, paper towels, palette and water. Make sure you vacuum the fabric prior to the next step. If a vacuum won’t work due to the fragile nature of the lampshade, try a lint roller. Using a small paint brush, paint the color onto the felted design. Try out some strokes on a sheet of paper until you understand how the addition of water changes the paint.
To have more control over the finished look, take a wet paper towel and blot the watercolor around the fabric and blend it into the surrounding white before it dries. If you’re having trouble visualizing the final product, mix some colors together on watercolor paper and finalize your color palette that way.
If you want your colors to mix together evenly, consider brushing a small section of the fabric with a layer of clean water before painting. If an area is too dark, wet a paintbrush with clean water and use that to lift away some of the watercolor from the fabric.
At times, it might be helpful to let the paint dry completely to see what it looks like. If the paint dries and you see spots needing some work, go back in and add more paint at that point.