Wednesday, June 16, 2010

lampshade love

while i was in maine my mom had the good idea of revamping her plain beigey lampshades. of course we didn't start until the day before i was to leave and the adrenaline kicked in!

my mom primed it first with a coat of primer and then we went to town with regular old house paints and brushes. my mom is so resourceful. i swear. i was doubtful when i saw the crusty old buckets of house paint and dull brushes, but it totally worked. the painter snob that i now am felt reluctant since i have spent hundreds... ahem thousands... of dollars over time on high quality paint and tiny delicate brushes and was doubtful that we could make it look good with less than that. yet with my mom's vision and a couple of coats we persevered! maybe it will inspire you as well to bring out your paints & brushes and liven up your lampshade!

i'll share more photos of my family's colorful maine home in a later post!



Regina said...

I really love this. I'm going to have to try it out and I have the perfect lamp for this. I've already hand painted some pillows in my living room.

georgia said...

Great idea!

~Valentina~ said...

Super cute! I *LOVE* this idea :)

Anonymous said...

you and your mom are brilliant!! love this idea. great for gifts. i wish our paths crossed when you were here.
xo and smiles~ jill

jenny said...

I love it! I need a mati-fied lamp shade! =)

Kim said...

No, I want YOU to liven up MY lampshade!