Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tea Stained, Painted Lamp Shades

The layout of our first floor is a bit disjointed. We have a long narrow kitchen, a dining room, living room, and a second dinning location attached to the family room. I suppose dining location B could be considered a breakfast nook; however the room lacks the usual components of a nook. Anyways, this room is a bit more country than I would prefer.  The light fixture came with the house, the farmhouse table was a hand-me-down from a friend, and the dining room chairs were rescued from the dumpster at my last apartment. I have a few small projects in mind to make the room more cohesive and less country.

The light fixture looked like this when we purchased the house. I planned to replace this light, until a friend suggested I add mini lamp shades to the fixture.

I found these mini lamp shades at Lowes about a year ago. The color difference between the white shades and cream candles always bugged me. I considered painting the candles bright white to match the shades. Then my brilliant cousin recommended tea staining the lamp shades to match the fixture. (From this project, I learned that asking for design input from house guests is beneficial)

I brewed up a big bucket of tea and let the mini lamp shades soak overnight.
The shades now match the candles with the subtle color change from tea staining.

I used frog tape and black acrylic paint to add trim to the mini lamp shades.

I am pleased with my tea stained, painted lamp shades. Now I am contemplating adding the mini shades to the kitchen light fixtures too.

My next project for this room will be painting the dumpster dining chairs.  


  1. Great change! I really like fact, I might have to try this...they'ld go perfect in my dinning room!

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  2. What a terrific idea! Love the way the look!

  3. These turned out great. What a wonderful idea. They look like you got them at PB or Restoration HW! Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House.

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