Stenciled Hanging Light Revamp

Stenciled Hanging Lamp

I mentioned this project to you when I showed you the quatrefoil stenciled cork board created with Martha Stewart’s new paint line by Plaid.  You are going to see a lot of stenciling around here in the coming weeks.  For this project, I took an old red hanging lamp I have had for years and made it new using acrylics and stencils.  Today I will detail that process…


  • Old hanging lamp
  • Acrylic paints in desired base coat and stencil colors
  • Stencils
  • Stencil Spray Adhesive
  • Sponge brush
  • Stencil brush or sponge applicator



  • Clean lampshade, removing any dust/debris

Stenciling on Lampshade

  • Paint on base layer using one inch sponge brush.  I used a metallic black craft paint for the base coat.

Stenciling on Lampshade

  • Once that dries completely, plan your stencil placement.  Spray the stencils with the adhesive and place on lampshade.  Lightly load your stencil brush and apply paint in a swirling motion over the stencils.  This was kinda tricky since the surface was curved, and not supported underneath.  My stenciling was not perfect, but I was satisfied.

Stencil Lampshade

Stenciling on Lampshade

  • Remove the stencils while the paint is still wet.  Let dry before overlapping stencil areas, if that is a part of your design.  That’s it.  Completely new look, with little investment!

Decorative Lampshade Tutorial

Lampshade Makeover

Here it is in the room that inspired it.  Love it with the doilies!

Lampshade Makeover

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