I officially need to enter Chalkboarders Anonymous because I discovered another chalkboard product that I love – Krylon’s Spray Chalkboard Paint.
I purchased a plain, ivory drum shade from Target for around $8 a little while back and thought it would look cute with a chalkboard finish and quote.
Note: Because the shade is fabric, this is not something you write on/wipe off on a regular basis…nor is it practical to use a lampshade for a to-do list, etc. I just wanted a simple quote that will stay! Also, I do not recommend chalkboardin’ your primary light source in a room because it does block the light.
You will need:
Prime the shade. I’m not sure priming my shade was necessary as it was pretty much a blank canvas & brand new. However, if you are covering an old lampshade or something with a bit of color, priming is always a great fail safe.
Build up several thin coats of Chalkboard paint. My white lampshade took 4 coats.
Another layer…Just keep building your layers to avoid drips and runs.
I primed the entire shade surface with a piece of chalk to give it a more worn look.
To prime, just lay of piece of chalk on it’s side (horizontally) and rub all over the surface. Then use a dry or damp rag (depending on the look you want) to wipe it all off. I used a dry rag to rub my chalk in.
The lampshade was a little wobbly because the ring on the shade that fits around the bulb base on my lamp was too small. So, I use a snip of Gorilla Tape to secure the lampshade. I love this tape and use it all the time for quick fixes here and there. I’m on my third roll.
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