Updating boring lampshade

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Is it safe to paint a lamp shade ?? My husband seems to think it will get hot and burn ??
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 20, 2015
    I don not recomend that at all. There are alot of chemicals in paint.
  • Peg Patricia Peg Patricia on Aug 20, 2015
    I think I would dye it before I painted it. I think the paint would crackle from the heat.
  • Lee Lee on Aug 20, 2015
    I have painted lampshades with success, I have covered lampshades with fancy store bought handmade papers with success. Try you will not know until you do. Last resort you could recover the frame with fabric - check the net for samples and instructions. Hobby Lobby has carried fabric that has glue on one side to cover a shade. If you use the new twisted lightbulbs there is no heat from them. May have a problem if your using a spotlight. I have had no issues and have them for years. Good luck, I hope you will post when your project is done. I have taken a metal silver bowl and made into a lamp shade with a simple hole drilled in the center of the bowl. I left it to tarnish to the perfect patina.
  • Erin Erin on Aug 21, 2015
    it's difficult to get the paint to coat evenly where it doesn't show streaks when you turn on a light inside it. covering it with paper (like was suggested above) or fabric would be a better technique.
    • Lee Lee on Aug 21, 2015
      @Erin that might mean a second or third coat would be needed. Spray cans work well, just tape any metal you dont want painted, start with the inside (the hardest part) also (try a shepards hook outside is a great help to hold the shade or chandelier when painting and drying). And can be left to dry untouched!
  • GabbyinPa. GabbyinPa. on Aug 21, 2015
    I've painted and stenciled lamp shades and they were fine. I never had an issue with any of them.
  • Muriel Muriel on Aug 21, 2015
    I painted a big lampshade a bright red to go with the Mickey Mouse plaster head lamp for our son's room - 35 years ago. I never had any trouble with it. I used a glossy red spray and did it outdoors. I'd say go for it!
  • Ken Ken on Aug 21, 2015
    Go to the auto parts store and get the VHT paint if you are worried about it getting too hot. Very High Temperature paint is rated in degrees F and can be had in spray cans.
  • Carol Carol on Aug 21, 2015
    They now make fabric paint.
  • Carol Carol on Aug 21, 2015
    They now make fabric paint.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 24, 2015
    Go for it. Good suggestions re high heat paint and fabric paint.
  • Dee Dee on Aug 25, 2015
    If you use energy efficient light bulbs this won't be an issue.
  • Ken Ken on Aug 26, 2015
    Good thinking Dee ! :-)
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Feb 02, 2021

    Hi Becky, bulbs don't get hot enough to burn the fabric on a lampshade so it shouldn't burn the paint either. If you do want to update your lampshade with paint you may enjoy this tutorial. This lady used watercolor paints for a dreamy lampshade makeover - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSaYsqSiMmQ

  • Mary Mary on Mar 02, 2021

    Use LED bulbs. They don't get hot

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 02, 2021

    100W old fashioned incandescents certainly did get hot enough to yellow or burn the lampshade.

    LEDs don’t.


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