Chevron Shade and a Halloween Vignette



It’s that time again. Time to reveal my Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge Project. Our theme for this Sunday’s party is spray paint projects.

When I was deciding what to do for this project, the first thing that came to mind was this lampshade. I found it at a yard sale this summer for $2, but it was pretty plain.

I thought I really scored finding this really nice lampshade…turns out,  it’s from Wal-Mart! But it’s still a nice lamp shade. Plus if I ruin it while attempting  this makeover, I’ll only be out $2.

Here is how it started:



Here’s the tedious taping in progress…



I made a stencil of sorts and just penciled around the edges onto my shade. Someone’s been eating…goldfish crackers? Those are supposed to be for the kids, mom!



I know it seems like taping this off was so tedious, but it honestly wasn’t too bad and went pretty quickly.

Time for spray paint. Waiting between coats is like waiting for white out to dry…I’m too impatient to wait! But after all that taping , I was very careful this time! I gave my shade three light coats, allowing each coat to dry in between.



Then I pulled off the tape immediately after applying the third coat of paint.  Ooh Sharp! Rustoleum rocks!



Here he  is with his fancy new look.

Chevron painted lamp shade


I spray painted the lamp last year, but I think it’s too light for the shade. It’ll do for now. I just put this fun Halloween printable in front of it and I’ll decide how I want to update it later.

I printed this last year. I searched high and low for hours (actually I lie, thank you Pinterest!) to find you the link. It’s from Visual Eye Candy and you can see it here.

Halloween printable

The frame was gold, I spray painted the mat in flat black and the frame in semi-gloss for contrast.

The shade looks pretty fabulous with my Halloween treasures. I spray painted the branches too.

Chevron Lamp Shade


I found these fun Halloween accessories at TJ Maxx last year or the year before. They have an awesome selection of Halloween goodies.



This little side table is actually a sewing table I scored for $20 at a yard sale. You can see the before and what’s inside here. You might be surprised.



Here’s a peek at what the shade looks like lit up:


It still puts off plenty of light.

Want to see something really scary? Check out this Ernie doll…


It’s scarier than Halloween! The lady at the thrift store gave it to him and he loves it!

Do you remember that mirror project? It was the result of a big fat fail. You can see more here. Part of it was spray painted also!

Here’s what my creative co-hosts came up with for the spray paint challenge.  Click the links below the image to see more.

Spray paint projects

Chalkboard Pumpkins  House by Hoff

DIY Spray Painted Spell Books for Halloween The Happy Housie

Beach Wood Spray Painted Frame  The Hankful House

Shabby-to-Chic Outdoor Bench  Just a Girl and Her Blog


Halloween vignette


I’m so excited to bring out ALL my Halloween Spookies. (Or as Brennan calls them, “Pookies”)


I haven’t decorated any further than this so far. Outside is where the real fun begins! Did I mention how much I love Halloween?

Hope you like my spray painted shade. I will give his girlfriend, the lamp, a makeover soon too so they’ll make a cuter couple.

In the mean time, don’t forget to come back Sunday at 7:00 EST to link up your spray paint projects, or just to see how creative (or dangerous) folks can get with a can of spray paint!

Check out all sixteen weeks’ themes for our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge here.





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  1. Christy, you did such a great job on this print- it looks store bought it’s so good. I may need you to mail me your stencil- LOL. Your vignette is great- I haven’t started doing anything on the inside yet. I need to get on that!

    • Thanks, Mandy! Now if the tape would come off that clean on wood! I just pulled those few Halloween things out for my post. I’m sure they’ll get moved when I really start pulling everything out 🙂

  2. You did that with Frogtape and spray paint?! Get out!

    I love the look! I just might have to redo my Beast from Goodwill Lamp with a new shade!

    Take care,
    Ashley @3littlegreenwoods

  3. I love your Halloween table! And the lamp rocks! Kinda like Charlie Brown…but Black… 😛


  4. LOVE this lampshade, Christy! It looks perfect with your spooky vignette! 🙂

  5. It came out so good Christy! I’ve never thought to use spray paint on a lamp shade before. I’m actually currently in a lampshade dilemma for our family room. This is just the inspiration I needed.

  6. Very cute decorations! I like the sticks painted black in the mercury glass piece- fun look! Your chevron lampshade looks really great. I admire you for give it a try. Looks like it came out perfect! If I did it it would have had some overspray, or bleeding or something! Your little one is adorable. Boy I miss those young years with my kids!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Liz! The tape stuck really well to the shade. I was impressed myself at how sharp the lines came out! 🙂 as fir my little one, I enjoy every minute with him…my older son just turned eleven and he is just so big now. It makes me want to treasure this time with my little one even more! 🙂

  7. Your lamp shade is fantastic on it’s own, but really fabulous in your vignette!

  8. I am stealing this idea for a lamp shade I am redoing!! Come link up with us at Craft Frenzy Friday at! I’d love to see these on our link up!

  9. I am new follower…and I had to chime in and say I LOVE the lampshade!! I have been looking for something different like that – now to find a cheap shade at the thrift store!! Thanks for sharing – enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. I love T.J. Maxx, I a good spray paint project, and I love how your amazing lamp shade turned out! Thanks for another dose of inspiration!! *hugs*

  11. Christy, I love the chevron shade – he rocks!! And your whole spooky vignette is really cool!! I scored an antique sewing table very much like yours at goodwill a couple years ago! Mine was marked down to $9.99!! I didn’t want what was inside (I don’t want to give it away) and asked if I could just buy the table. Alas they said no, so I bought it all and donated the “insides” back to goodwill, lol!! I painted my table white too 🙂

    • Thanks, Cindy! I thought I got a great deal, but you did even better! I bought another sewing machine cabinet at a thrift store a while ago and I tried to leave the machine behind also, but they said no. Turns out, it was the very first electronic sewing machine singer ever made and retailed for about $1000 in the 70’s! It even had a stitch shaped like a Scottie dog!

  12. Stopping by from Funky Junk. Love your chevron lamp shade it works with or without Halloween, so cool!

  13. It turned out so amazingly Christy! I love it – so professional looking. And the perfect addition to your Halloween vignette. I am loving black chevron right now for the season – just made some pillows in it. Can’t wait to see your chalkboard project:)

  14. I love your “pookies”! 😉 What a great vignette, and your shade turned out beautifully! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, friend!

    ~Abby =)

  15. I love the chevron lampshade! I’m thinking of doing this project in my office. I agree that the Ernie doll is a bit scary! Would you mind to link this up to my Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop? I love finding easy but impactful DIY projects like this & our readers would love to see it. Thanks!!

  16. This is such a great idea. It turned out SO good! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers!

  17. Super cute -love the lampshade and the mirror. Your little guy is adorable too! Jennifer

  18. That $2 shade is super duper cute!!!


  19. Your lampshade turned out great! And I love the sophisticated Halloween look. (And the Ernie is totally creepy… 🙂

  20. That is beautiful, I love the way the shade turned out as well!

  21. Love, love, love your shade. Perfect. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  22. Love this…everything about it! BTW, that Ernie doll really is scary. We had one around the house growing up, and it would turn on all by itself! Nothing worse than possessed toys! 😉

  23. I love everything you do, Christina!

  24. I have to admit the first I saw was the Charlie Brown reference as well…but in a very good way. Very cute project!

  25. This is so awesome! You did a beautiful job! And I love the Halloween decor too!

  26. SO glad I found this! The shade looks awesome, and I love the entire display too. I just discovered spray paint, and nothing is safe around here anymore. 🙂

    • Yes, spray paint can be dangerously addictive! I’m glad you like my shade. I was pleasantly surprised how well the tape sealed the edges…nice sharp lines! Have a great weekend, Dee 🙂

  27. this turned out great…I did a chevron navy and white lamp shade and loved it but I think i love yours more…I like how you just did two stripes instead of the whole shade…I used acrylic paint but the spray paint looks much cleaner…great job!

  28. Love Love Love your lamp shade. I have been wanting to try something like this, but that whole thing of seeming tedious… yeah, that’s holding me back. You have more patience than me! 🙂 Your vignette looks so great! And why is it that our children always like the creepy looking toys that people give them? I have a two year old and it’s the same way! 🙂 Happy Halloween!!!!

  29. Love that shade, it goes perfectly with your vignette. Thanks for the step by step, looks do-able.


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