Add ribbons of custom color to a plain lampshade using wavy tape and spray paint.
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This technique works well on an existing shade in good condition or a new one. The shade pictured here (#352517) measures 9 inches tall and 13 inches wide at the bottom.
Apply strips of wavy tape to the lampshade. These can be wrapped horizontally, as shown above, or vertically. Press the tape firmly against the shade around the tape edges and at the seams in the shade.
You can apply the tape so the bumps and dips are parallel between the strips, or offset them so the bumps are near each other.
Place the shade on clean paper or a drop cloth in a well-ventilated area. Spray the first color (Plumberry shown) around the base. While the first color is still tacky, spray the next band of paint around the middle (Frosty Berry shown). Some overspray where the colors meet helps them blend.
Flip the shade over on fresh paper and spray the final band of color (Brushed Rose shown). Overlap the edge of the middle color to blend them. Allow the paint to dry completely before putting the shade on your lamp. Estimated cost: $28 plus the lampshade of your choice.