Pearlized Ceiling Lamp Redo #plaidcrafts #ad

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I'm always looking for ideas to freshen up my decor for only a little bit of money—especially when I can reuse what I already have on hand! This lamp started out as an ugly faux wood and now it's a girly glam, pearlescent masterpiece that lights the way for my girls' playtimes using Mod Podge Pearl and Folk Art Home Decor Chalk! And it was super easy to remake!

Our bonus room spans the entire width of our house; I'm guessing that it's around 30 feet long. And someone (the builder) decided that this room only needed 1 overhead light. Oh, and did I mention that the light is not really centered? We have a little alcove in the room that's really dark. When we made this alcove a play area for our kids, we had to create some light. I didn't want to do any floor lamps or lamps on furniture because I knew that they would crash to the ground in short order, since this was when I had 3 kids under 4. In fact, I've had 2 lamps break over the summer in our living room (that's another story for another time), so you can imagine what would happen in this designated play area. Instead, we found a cheap modern knock off ceiling lamp with an ugly faux wood shade. Here's the original:

It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. Recently, I got sick of the look and started craving an easy remake. And yes, I decided to do it in the midst of a remodel of another room and decorating for the holidays...because that's how I roll.

Here's how I did it:

Here's what you need:
Ugly plastic lamp shade
Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint in Cobblestone or color of your choice
Washi Tape
Paint brush

I think you're going to be amazed at how simple it is to refinish this plastic lamp shade! First, take apart your lamp shade. Be sure you know how to put it together again! Then paint each piece with the Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint.

Why did I use this kind of paint for this project? Well, first off, there isn't any prep. I just started painting with this acrylic paint. There was no peeling and no odor. I could have layered a couple of colors one on top of the other (after drying) and then sanded off the first layer to make an antiqued look, but I went with just one color - I felt it looked more modern!

There are so many colors to choose from - 42 colors! It's a great way to get a new look out of an old piece with minimal bother - and you can do it inside the house (which is a big plus for me in the wintertime!).

Anyway, I ended up doing 2 coats of Folk Art Home Decor Chalk on each piece. The only reason that 2 coats were needed was to get good coverage over the high contrast "wood" grain on the original shade. This finish gives an ulta-matte look - I could have been done with this one paint, but I wanted a more glitzy mod look for my girls. After the paint was dry, I added interest by putting some metallic flower patterned washi tape on the shade. 

Then I brushed on some Mod Podge Pearl all over each piece of the shade.

This new Mod Podge formula is amazing! It gives a pearlescent sheen to anything. It gave the Folk Art Home Decor Chalk a sheer pearl look that was a kind of mellow metallic. It acts like other Mod Podge formulas, so in addition to looking super cool, it sealed the washi tape to the lamp shade. Here's what the two finishes look like side by side (Folk Art Home Decor Chalk on top, and with Mod Podge Pearl on the bottom):

After the pieces were dry, all I had to do was reassemble the shade and hang it up! This was a really easy, super inexpensive way to completely change the look of a lampshade.

I think this lampshade is a whole lot more fun, and with little effort on my part!

If you liked this project, you'll probably love other Folk Art Home Decor Chalk and  Mod Podge Pearl projects! You can check them out at the Plaid Website, or find them on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram.  Mod Podge has come out with some other new products that I can't wait to try: Mod Podge Chalkboard and Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk.


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