Last month I bought a couple of vintage milk glass table lamps from eBay. One came with a shade and the other one did not. I planned, when I bought them, to buy new lampshades for them. However, after checking out a few stores I didn't find what I wanted. Not at all.
While out shopping at a few thrift stores I happened across a cute little shade on sale for $1.59. Problem was it was discolored, had a couple of stains and the glue holding the trim had seeped out along the edges and turned brown. Not pretty.
I had heard you could spray paint lampshades so I figured, why not give it a try? For $1.59 I thought it might be worth a shot. So I bought the lampshade.
My neighbor had a couple of cans of spray paint she wasn’t going to use. One yellow and one white. The yellow was nearly full and the white was about half. I happily took the paint, but I decided I'd stick with the white for this project. I also decided to go ahead and paint the one that I already had too. It was seriously yellowed and I was actually planning to toss it.
I started out by painting the insides of the shades first. Surprisingly, they were in the worst shape. Once dry I flipped them over and painted the outside.
Quite awhile ago my mother had given me this vintage trim. Now I finally had something to use it on.
I fired up the ol' glue gun and once the shades had dried I glued the trim to the top and bottom edges of each lamp. Then I put them on the lamps and WOW! What a transformation. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Perfect vintage charm!
OMG! OMG! OMG! I just love them!