Asked on May 20, 2016

Would emulsion work?

Kim Gault
by Kim Gault
Hi folks, I'm wanting to paint my lampshade a hot pink colour, would ordinary emulsion do the trick?
This is what i have at the minute.
And this is what i want.
  12 answers
  • Bettz Bettz on May 20, 2016
    Paint is going to make it harder for the light to shine through. I haved used inks or thin Japanese papers, but tissue paper works, too. You will have to reglue a different trim afterwards.
    • Kim Gault Kim Gault on May 21, 2016
      I dont mind the light not coming through much as the lamp is for my bedroom and it bourlesque themed (low lighting)
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 20, 2016
    Just a thought ,you found the idea on pinterest right,I think that if you had clicked on the link surely they would have giving the instructions.
  • Francesca Francesca on May 21, 2016
    I used diluted fabric dye very successfully to color lampshades. I think emulsion paint would be very heavy and may end up cracking.
  • ArtisMe2 ArtisMe2 on May 21, 2016
    Use a fabric medium and watered down acrylic paint to paint it. Both are available at craft stores or Wal*Mart
  • Goldrushgal Goldrushgal on May 21, 2016
    I agree, fabric medium and hot pink acrylic paint. I know Micael's carries the hot pink color. You could also paint black on the inside if the brush marks show when lit. I have also used gold paint on inside of lamp shades.
  • Francine Gottfredsen Francine Gottfredsen on May 21, 2016
    You can mix a medium for fabric with pink craft paint, it will work. You buy both at any craft store for under $5.00 for both.The light will shine through.
  • Shellee Janze Shellee Janze on May 21, 2016
    you could use spray paint
  • Kim Gault Kim Gault on May 22, 2016
    After an awful lot of deliberation about what to use i opted for a tester pot of emulsion. Its worked a treat.
    • Dee Dee on Sep 28, 2017

      On your first coat of emotion did you water it down first ?

      just wondering coz I'm about to paint a blind in my bathroom

      kind regards


  • Mary Todd Hurt Mary Todd Hurt on May 22, 2016
    Could you dye it?
  • Kim Gault Kim Gault on May 23, 2016
    I just want to thank everyone who commented. My wee project is now complete. Thanks again x
  • Kim Gault Kim Gault on May 23, 2016
    After too long thinking i opted for my original idea and it worked out super.
  • Sam Simcock Sam Simcock on Aug 18, 2020

    How did the emulsion painted lamp shade turn out ??