Asked on Jan 15, 2018

Can you Paint a lamp shade and what kind of paint would you use?

Ginny Wathen
by Ginny Wathen
  10 answers
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jan 15, 2018

    Yes! Any acrylic or fabric paint works.

  • Sharon Fullen Sharon Fullen on Jan 15, 2018

    I’ve used plain craft/acrylic paint and same paint with additive to make it compatible with fabric. Both worked great but didn’t need additive for something that doesn’t get washed. Just be sure to paint multiple thin layers to avoid drips or streaks.

  • Tessa Tessa on Jan 15, 2018

    You can use craft paint or latex paint - mix it 50/50 with fabric medium - this keeps the paint from getting stiff as a board.

  • Suzette Suzette on Jan 15, 2018

    Hi Ginny, Here's a how to video that may help:

    Have fun!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 15, 2018

    fabric spray paint or regular fabric paint

  • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Jan 15, 2018

    spray paint, craft paint, watersprayspraHi Ginny, i painted a few over the years but am by no means a professional so if ur shade is expensive, please see someone who knows what they are doing .) I purchased mine at Wal-Mart or thrift stores or garage sales. First step is to either dust well, wipe off with damp towel or (do as i say, not as i do, lol ) i have evenput mi e in the shower and ran cold water over, then dry completely; at least 48 hours so ur paint will stick. Then either spray paint, craft paint, water colors or household paint, grab a paint brush or ur sprayer and have fun ! Oh I forgot to tell you, be sure and tape of anything you don't want painted before hand,including the light socket. I didn't use any additive, just paint ! They have last for years, as long as you don't get them wet 😉 even though I shovedmine in the shower, i didn't soak it...just shower of dust quickly because alot of shades are glued onto frame. Have fun, hope this helps 🤗

  • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Jan 15, 2018

    Hi Ginny, Sorry about the messy post above . This darn keyboard has a mind of it's own most times and I didn't proof read, so really it my fault .)

  • Chacha Santika Chacha Santika on Dec 11, 2019

    Yes of course,

    Tips: See the material of the shades before buying the perfect paint. The best paint is the one that is designed for specific material of your lamp shade.

    Example: shades that are made of fabric, then fabric paint is the right companion. Metal, Glass, and ceramic lampshades will look excellent with the enamel paint.

    Source: Paint types for Lamp Shade

  • J Brown J Brown on Dec 11, 2019

    I have used a "wash" technique on many lampshades over the years. Watered down paint and rewashing until you get the darkness you want. Be sure to work where the shade can be held up off the bottom edge so the water can drip off freely as it dries..

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 22, 2022

    Watered down Chalk Paint or Emulsion sample pot watered down.