How do I paint a lampshade?


I want to try and paint my lampshade. Liquid was splashed up on it when I fell near it. It has stained it and I want to get it out or cover it somehow.

q how to paint a lampshade
  11 answers
  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 15, 2019

    Paints will make it opaque. Are you ok with that?

    Have you tried to rinse it off in the bathtub? I would try that and use a little clear soap on it and cold water.

    It will need to be towel dried quickly with someone holding another towel on the backside to prevent too much pressure.

    Then if it’s still there, you’ll know you can try dying it. I would use a Rit Dye made for synthetics. It will not due as dark as the bottle says it will, because you’ll be using it Cold, not hot.

  • Emily Emily on Oct 15, 2019

    I would suggest dying it. You will have better luck than with paint.

  • Frances Taylor Frances Taylor on Oct 15, 2019

    Will the light still shine through?

  • J J on Oct 15, 2019

    I would try quickly washing it and if that doesn’t work then painting.

  • Deedaisy Deedaisy on Oct 15, 2019

    Never painted one but striped it down to wires. Picked out pattern to go w lamp. Cut it in strips and hot glued material to wire frames. Was very unique and got lots of complements.

  • Linda Carol Linda Carol on Oct 15, 2019

    Yes, I wouldn't ever use paint, as long as you have a good frame ,you can remove old fabric, and using a glue gun ,and or sewing machine , make your own lampshade. It's lots of fun, shades are to hard to clean, I never painted one, but have made several. Good luck!!!

  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 15, 2019

    I used fabric paint on my lampshade it works

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 16, 2019

    If it is just a small area of the shade that is water stained, and not the entire shade, then applying trim may be another option.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 16, 2019

    I would try cleaning the entire shade with water in the bath tub first. Use a mild dishwasher detergent and then rinse. I tried painting a shade and it streaked like crazy looked terrible with the light on. You can try a light color dye, again do it in the bath tub. or you can refinish the shades edge and just cover the spot.

  • Penny Jackson Roth Penny Jackson Roth on Oct 20, 2019

    The problem with paint is after it’s dry and you turn on the light you can see brush marks and and uneven appearance. Maybe spray painting would work. I haven’t tried that. Covering it would be tricky because of the odd shape and panels.