I SPiT My Shades!

Traci Heimer
by Traci Heimer
2 Materials
So, I absolutely love the glass swag lamps from the seventies, but I can never bring myself to spend the $$ on them. The front room in our house is not wired for overhead lighting (go figure) so we have to rely on plug-in lamps. I happened across two fabric swag lamp shades at the local Goodwill for a total of 8 buckaroos and I instantly knew what I wanted to do with them.

First, I got my Unicorn SPiT colors out that I wanted to use. I squirted a little of each color into a plastic cup and sprayed a little water in the cups to dilute.

I mixed the Zia Teal and Navajo Jewel together to get a aqua/teal color and started with that color on top of the shades. Working in sections I sprayed the shades with a little water first then brushed and blended the color with a paint brush.

Then I did the same thing with Weathered Daydream in the middle and Midnight's Blackness on the bottom. After a few minutes you get the feel for how much water to spray to get the colors to blend.

Side by side

I found pendant light kits at Lowe's to hang them up with-although I have yet to hang them in my front room. Ha!

And here are some pictures all lighted up.

So then I had some leftover SPiT in my cups and decided to do some abstract art. Using my paint brushes I just swooshed the colors onto a 16 x 20 inch flat canvas which I lovingly names "80's Rewind" because I am an 80's kind of gal.

And there you have it, a couple of cool swag lamp shades done in the amount of time it would take to watch your favorite movie.

You can find me on facebook and pinterest if you want to see more pictures and videos. Thanks for reading icon
Suggested materials:
  • Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain and Glaze in One   (www.unicornspit.com)
  • Hanging Pendant Light Kit   (Lowes)
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  • Tina Napolitano Tina Napolitano on Apr 08, 2017
    Do you have to use the "Spit" Brand or would any heat-resistant paint work?

  • Patty Patty on Apr 22, 2017
    That is my question, too. Do you need to seal it,and would you need to use an oil base sealer like you normally do with spit? Thanks for letting me know Joannes is carrying it now.

  • Kim11788175 Kim11788175 on Apr 22, 2017
    What other paint can I use besides unicorn spitpaint?

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