This Old Colonial Home

Filling our house with love and a lot of DIY

Entryway Decor Part 3: DIY Painted Lamp Shade

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With the shelf and mirror in place, the last order of business was finding a few items to put on the shelf.

Our entryway gets pretty dark and instead of having to always use the bright, overhead light — a table lamp would be perfect. The only problem was finding one narrow enough.

I checked a few stores to no avail before deciding this lamp in our guest bedroom was the perfect size.narrow table lampBut the white shade needed a little something. I decided I’d try painting it. Why not?!

I wanted to do horizontal lines, but because of its shape, it was easier to line up the painter’s tape vertically. For this pattern I used a strip of tape in the middle and then cut a strip in half length wise for 2 skinnier strips on the sides.using painter's tape to make stripes I used latex paint that we already had on hand. The first coat I used a foam roller, but it didn’t go on very evenly.painting a lamp shade I did a second coat and touch-ups with a foam brush. That seemed to work better. I also ended up painting the white stripes (no, not the band haha!) with paint leftover from the mirror project. This helped give it a cleaner, more even look. Definitely make sure to check the shade with the light on when you think you’re done. It can look completely different and you can see spots where you may have missed. When doing touch-ups, I actually painted it with the light on. Sounds funny, but it worked!painted stripes on lamp shade I then added a few more small items to the shelf that I found at Marshalls. Now with all three projects complete, as well as the mason jar sconce, the entryway feels more welcoming and inviting. shelf scaping easy center hall colonial homeHow do you like to make your home feel welcoming upon entering the front door?

 

 

 

 

 

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