Spray Painted Lampshade

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Daisy's room | 10 comments

I love having a 13 year old daughter.

I love the conversations that happen.

Like the other day, when we were driving down the road, she casually said, “So, Mom, when you were in college did you have a good sense of style?  Would you have considered yourself fashionable?”

To which I replied, “Of course!  I stayed up on all of the latest styles.  What makes you ask?”

“Well,” she said, “I have seen those pictures of you in those blue jean skirts with white tennis shoes and it just makes me wonder if other people actually wore that?”

Gotta love a teen girl. 🙂

Daisy has a wonderful sense of style.

{Which I like to think she gets from me.}

Which leaves her room a constant work in progress.

And, even though she doubts my fashion advice.

She does trust my decorating advice.

So, last week while she was at school, I pulled out the spray paint and updated a lampshade for a bunny lamp that we have had now for years.

Lampshade Makeover

spray painted lampshade



Painters Tape

Spray Paint

(I find Rustoleum to be the best brand. And, no they did not pay me to say that. :))

spray painted lampshade

Add small pieces of tape around the top of the shade.

spray painted lampshade

Fold down to secure the tape.

spray painted lampshade

Continue all around the edges and then cover the other pieces of the shade that you don’t want painted.

I gave mine 2 good coats of paint.

Lampshade Makeover

And, now this bunny lamp,

that was previously purchased and used for a nursery,

looks right at home in this teen girl’s room!

Lampshade Makeover

And, even though she doubts that the blue jean dresses and Keds were every actually worn by people who had any style…

…she is not doubting how stylish this new lampshade looks!

Life to the full!



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  1. I’d hate to think what she’d say about the clothes we wore in the 50’s and 60’s and after that, cracks me up. My youngest has always liked retro stuff so she thought the clothes I wore in 50’s and 60’s were cool. She was born in 1970, her older sister 1960. Sometimes if I see a movie with the older clothes I have to ask, we really dressed that way? I graduated high school in 1958. You know that’s when Elvis was getting so popular, I thought he was ugly and didn’t sing all that well. I was way in for the Beach boys and all those guys. I thought the clothes we wore in 70’s and 80’s were pretty funky. A study in human nature and fashion styles huh?
    Sounds like Daisy is really getting into style, becoming more aware of other people’s ideas. That’s good and she’s learning about decorating, making her own embellishments. It will be exciting to see what she becomes when she’s an adult. I find human nature so fascinating.

  2. Wow! Love the bunny’s new look. *pinning this as a reminder that I should try spray-painting a lampshade!

  3. LOL- Love the lampshade and the question about your style! I wonder what she would think of hot pants with platforms? And halter tops with mini-skirts! xo Diana

  4. Girl, I had a uniform of jeans (with pleats) and white keds when I was at Lipscomb! it was totally cool! wasn’t it??

  5. Who knew? Looks so much better now!

  6. What a clever idea! I’ve never tried painting lampshades but I will now with your help.

  7. The effect is very good, I like this style.

  8. You know, we thought we always looked hot and stylish in the 50’s, 60’s, etc. Even my kids question the hairstyles and the clothes of that era.

    Thanks for sharing the lamp shade. I haven’t tried spray painting one but I will now!


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