Hello dear friends! I’ve got another Spring Haul project completed! Although I’ve got two lamps to share today, this post is more about how adding a transfer to a lampshade can give your lamps an entirely new look!
These pretty lamps I picked up for $10 each at the thrift store were already quite pretty in my opinion:
But I did intend to paint them.
However, plans changed!
When I was searching for two lampshades in my stash that matched, I found these:
The top one I had picked up at HomeGoods a while back, and the bottom one I found at the thrift store on clearance for only $1.98!
The shape and size were identical!
However, these plain shades didn’t do much for the lamps and I wasn’t feeling very inspired when deciding on a color for the lamps that would work well with them, so I decided I would fancy them up a bit with a transfer!
Y’all may remember this lamp I shared as part of my last smalls post where I added a transfer to the shade:
That sold right away! So, I thought I would pretty up these shades the same way!
I ended up pulling out this Antique Damask transfer:
It appeared to have more blue in it from the image on the front, but when I pulled it out, there were more tans/greens which was an almost perfect match for the lamps as they were!
Adding a transfer to a lampshade
To add this transfer to my shade, I first cut apart the parts I wanted to use:
(My shades were new and wrapped in plastic, however if you are updating existing shades in your home, I would recommend cleaning any dust off of them with a lint roller or packing tape first.)
Next, I lined up the transfer where I wanted it to go, and with my hand firmly underneath for support, I burnished the transfer to the shade.
The transfers come with a burnishing tool, but I found this craft stick to work a bit better since transferring the transfer to a shade takes just a bit more effort:
Again, you will want to put your hand directly under where you are rubbing for support.
Because the lamps already matched so nicely as is, I just decided to highlight the details with a little Whitewash Glaze:
After applying it with a chip brush, I wiped away the excess with a clean cloth:
Here is the difference with and without:
Glaze acts as a sealer, so that was it, and this simple makeover was complete!
The shades really add so much and work so well with those pretty lamps!
This transfer came with three sheets, so I still have one left to use on another project, plus the parts I cut off the top.
The glaze softened the original color a bit also.
And the transfer doesn’t go all the way around the lampshade, but it doesn’t need to.
I didn’t seal the transfer with anything.
Here’s a peek at how they look lit:
Another one done, only TWO to go!!
You can visit any of these makeovers at the links below!
How to Paint Fabric (chair makeover)
Painting the Smalls #17 (lamp, small box, horse, napkin holder, and mirror)
Painting the Smalls #16 (candlesticks, small box, tray)
To my friends here in the US, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
I’ll see y’all back here on Tuesday with this wall shelf my sister was tossing:
UPDATE: This is a replay you don’t want to miss! See how I transformed it HERE!
Have a fabulous weekend!!
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