The swish look of painted natural fibres captures many an eye in designer homeware stores, but why pay the big bucks when the technique is super easy to replicate at home? Follow these simple steps to craft yourself a striking new lampshade this weekend and fall in love with the results.
Gather your supplies
• Wire lampshade or frame
• Woven basket (see Note)
Note Select a basket that is a snug fit over your chosen wire lampshade frame.
You’ll also need Tape measure; masking tape; rotary tool with cutting wheel bit; drop sheet; plastic wrap; Dulux Spraypak Quick Dry in white; craft glue; clothes pegs
Step 1 In order to make basket suitable for a shade, you need to cut off its top and bottom. To do this, measure and mark cutting lines around top and bottom of basket.
Step 2 Run masking tape along both lines around basket.
Step 3 Using rotary tool fitted with cutting wheel, cut along tape.
Step 4 In a well-ventilated area, spread out drop sheet and put basket on top. Decide on width of band to be painted and run a length of tape around basket in this position. To prevent over-spray, cover area not to be painted with plastic wrap and secure with tape.
Step 5 Spray basket with paint, applying 2-3 thin layers for best results. Let dry after each coat.
Step 6 If you are using the frame of an already covered lampshade, use rotary tool to remove fabric and expose wire frame. Discard fabric.
Step 7 You will only need the round mounting bracket section of the wire frame. Using rotary tool, remove this section, then discard rest of frame.
Step 8 Since this shade is for a standard lamp, the mounting bracket needs to be located at bottom of basket. Insert wire frame inside basket and position about 15-20mm from bottom edge.
Step 9 Run a line of craft glue around wire to secure it to basket.
Step 10 Using clothes pegs, hold wire in position while glue dries. Once dry, remove pegs and fit to stand.
Now for the base… Give an old painted timber lamp stand a fab new look! First rub it over with sandpaper to provide tooth for paint to stick, then brush away the dust. Apply primer if required, then paint with two or three coats of Dulux Spraypak Quick Dry in white to match your new shade, allowing time to dry after each coat.