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Dying Lampshades

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It’s super easy to change the look of cloth lampshades. I saw this beautiful photo in Better Homes and Gardens (and Lindsay from Everything LEB did a post on the subject here).

They suggested doing the whole dye bath thing, but I was feeling impatient the day I wanted to dye my too-simple Target drum shades, so I cheated a little.

I picked up a bottle of this powder form fabric dye at an art supply store here (Blicks). It’s called Procion MX Dye. There were so many cool colors! I chose Bright Green for this project.

I just put a tiny bit of the powder in a bowl and mixed it with cold water and then painted it on with an artist’s brush. It was so easy and the project finished so fast that I forgot to take pictures of me painting! :)

At it’s brightest, the shade I chose is supposed to look like the above, but I went much subtler here. At the time I thought I was going to paint the girls door mint green and I didn’t want to go into overkill mode. Since then though I’ve redyed them emerald green. Ha! More on that later (and on the pretty silver paper lining the insides of the shades).

Off to play with my girls who I haven’t seen in a week! They’ve been in Arizona with my parents while I finished up some work projects here. I missed them so, so much!

Speaking of family, I put my first post up on Babble yesterday. It’s a little intro on me and my family – maybe some stuff I haven’t shared with you here yet? There also may or may not be a photo of me in airplane pose. Do you play that with your kids?

Anyway, I’ll also be posting on Babble’s The New Home Ec blog every day, so don’t forget to check me out there for more of my home decorating tips!

xoxo

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21 thoughts on “Dying Lampshades

  1. Thank you so much, ladies! It's such an easy project. The hardest part is choosing the dye color! They had all these swatches out on the display at Blick Art and I was like a kid in a candy store. :)
    Dye just looks so much more rich than paint can sometimes look. Depth of color or something…
    xx

  2. V. subtle and pretty, Jenny. All the colors in your room are so pretty. I dyed a lampshade for my office and love how it adds a dose of color. Can't wait to hear how you added the silver lining!!

  3. Thank you so much, ladies! It's such an easy project. The hardest part is choosing the dye color! They had all these swatches out on the display at Blick Art and I was like a kid in a candy store. :)
    Dye just looks so much more rich than paint can sometimes look. Depth of color or something…
    xx

  4. I can't get enough of you so I'm excited to see you are on Babble, too!

    Fun facts…my husband is also an attorney, I am also a Mormon, I also have 3 girls + 1 more. You should definitely have one more!

    I have made a career out of being a mom, but have always loved decorating projects and design, and now I love blogging, too! You have my dream job.

    Love from Lori C.

  5. Agh! Bless you! I've had some plain white shades & gray RIT dye sitting around while I've been contemplating the best way to dye the shades. I was wondering though, by brushing the mixture on do you end up with any brush strokes or uneven areas once you have the lamps lit??

  6. Jenny, two things I never knew – that a lampshade could be dyed and that Babble existed. Both wonderful! Great post at Babble – what a fun site. Can't wait to hear about that silver lining inside the shade……love that!

  7. I just realized something…I know your husband. I was thinking, man, that looks like M. Komenda…I never paid attention to your last name, etc. Just a fan of the blog. I was in a political organization with your husband as a teenager in AZ. Love your blog…tell M Faith Christiansen says "Hello".

    Love the arched bookshelves.

  8. Well done! Have you noticed that some dyed lampshades change the color of the light, e.g. a red lamp shade emits a weird red light rather than normal, white light? Is the purpose of the silver lining to keep the dyed shade from turning the light a funny color?

  9. Your results are absolutely beautiful. Please take extra care in working with fiber reactive dyes in dry powder form. The little powder particles are very irritating to the lungs. I do my Procion dying outdoors for the safety of kids and pets indoors… Some fiber artists who dye set up a safe indoor spot surrounded by wet newspaper to catch/absorb stray powder, and they may also don a dust mask or respirator. Enjoy your cool shades!

  10. Oh this is a great idea and something I've never ever thought of! This sort of thing would go perfect in me and my husband's new house, thanks so much for sharing the idea!

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