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Painted Chevron Lampshade

Add color to your living room, family room, or bedroom with a painted lampshade in the colors of your choice.

White lampshade painted in a herringbone pattern.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Painter’s tape


  • White lampshade (#526943)
  • Valspar paint: Green Gala (#6003-9C), Delicate Frost (#6003-9A), Simply Coral (#2001-2A), Deep Twilight Blue (#4007-6C)

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Step 1

Lay out vertical strips of painter’s tape from top to bottom around the lampshade, dividing the shade into an even number of columns of equal width. Press the tape firmly against the fabric.

Step 2

Lay out tape strips and chevrons around the lampshade.

Use scissors to cut small pieces of tape and apply them at 45-degree angles to form V shapes down each column.

Good to Know

Although the layout of the V shapes doesn’t need to be precise, you’ll want crisp tips at the bottom of each V. Make 90-degree cuts in the tape using scissors for a cleaner look.

Step 3

Paint the lampshade between pieces of tape.

Brush the paint of your choice on the exposed areas between the tape strips, switching colors as desired. Take care to avoid pressing too hard and forcing paint under the edges of the tape. Let dry and touch up as needed.

Step 4

Painted chevrons on a white lampshade.

After the paint dries, carefully remove the tape to reveal the painted pattern.