Quite the improvement over the original… take a look – this is what my $4 find looked like when it came home with me. (For an extra $1, I picked up a different glass shade that was in better condition, and swapped it out. )
Some brown spray paint on the base was step 1 toward updating the 80’s look, but the real fun was designing the shade.
The glass paint sprayer in this line is awesome. Seriously. I haven’t used anything like it before, personally. You mix up the shade you want to spray 50/50 with either a gloss or satin spray medium. (If you’re trying it out for the first time, I used about 1/2 ounce of each – 1 ounce mixed. It’s hard to guess how far it will go if it’s the first time you’re using it). Let me also warn you, don’t be tempted to shake the sprayer once the paint reservoir is attached. I have a tendency to shake my spray paint quite a bit, but it won’t spray if you shake it – just keep it nice and level and you’ll get a fantastic coat of paint.
So I sprayed the shade all over with a light, frosty aqua blue base coat (the colors in my office are shades of brown and aqua).
When that was fully dry, I used some of the new silkscreens to stencil some butterflies on it in a metallic bronze. The silkscreens are awesome in that you can create these intricate designs. I love the veining in the butterfly wings – something you wouldn’t be able to get from a traditional stencil. You just cut out the silkscreen you want to use, and place it on your glass where you want it. Add a line of paint across the top of the design – you’ll be spreading it down over all the tiny holes in the silkscreen.
Now, use the paint spreader (it’s just like a rubber spatula) to kind of squeegee the paint downward, to fill in the silkscreen design. All this is doing is getting a thin, even coat of paint over the whole design. (I scraped the edges, too after I took this photo.)
You want to spread it fairly quickly – because a really thin coat of paint like this dries within a few minutes, and if it dries in the silkscreen, it will pull off instead of sticking to the glass. But squeegee-ing it on is a snap, and only takes just a few seconds. It’s pretty slick!
As soon as your paint is spread, peel off the silkscreen. You will want to rinse it out while it’s still wet.
I used three different sizes of butterflies on my lampshade. By the time I got through with each one once, the first one was dry enough to be able to use it again. I stenciled the whole shade in less than 10 minutes.
All that was left after I gave it about 30 minutes to dry was to re-assemble it, and give it a new home! I have to admit, these photos just don’t do it justice. The metallic bronze has a beautiful shimmer to it, which is of course really difficult to capture on a curved surface. ;)
I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social, but the ideas and opinions in this post are all my own.
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