DIY: How to Recover Plain White Lampshades with Fabric and Paint

craftsdecor & DIY

I love beautiful, colorful fabrics. Who doesn't, right? The right fabric can add just the right punch of color to a room. My dining room chandy was looking a little blah. Fortunately, Riley Blake Designs has some gorgeous prints and I knew they were just the thing to take some boring chandelier lampshades from drab to fab!

How to Recover Plain Lampshades with Fabric


  • Lampshade
  • Fabric
  • Paint
  • Glue Gun


I took the plain white chandelier shades and disassembled them. The fabric covering and the trim on the top and bottom of the shade were pulled off.

Using the old fabric as a template, I cut out new pieces of fabric. Rather than buy new trim, I chose to reuse the original trim from the lampshades instead. I took them outside and I spray painted them.

That's right, you can spray paint just about anything, including fabric. Lots of light coats is the key.

When it's time to attach the fabric and trim to the shades, fire up your glue gun. This also only needs a light touch. A small dab of glue in a few places is all it takes.

This really is a quick and simple change that can take your lampshades from so-so to super.

This change would  work on shades of all sizes. Look around your house ... what would you recover?

How have you brought life back to your furniture? Please share!

The following two tabs change content below.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Web Statistics