Can you paint a lampshade with chalk paint?

I can see you eyeing up that lampshade in the corner of your room. Maybe it’s a little dirty, or you just don’t like the colour anymore, either way, it’s time for a change. And that nagging thought about painting the lampshade has led you here, wondering can you paint a lampshade with chalk paint? Well, let’s find out, I have an old lampshade and some Rustoleum chalk paint, so let’s get this lampshade painted!

Can you paint a lampshade with chalk paint?

Yes, you can. I used watered down chalk paint and a regular brush to paint this lampshade. it took a couple of coats to fully cover but the paint has worked really well.

Have a look at the before and after to see for yourself. For my full guide on how I did this please read on.

Before and After of painting a lampshade with chalk paint
Before and After painting a lampshade with chalk paint

What you need

This is a simple project and you don’t need too many materials to make it work.

  • A Paintbrush
  • Chalk Paint
  • Something to mix the paint in

All I used for this project was a paintbrush, some chalk paint and a paint kettle to water down the paint in. Any sort of plastic container or glass jar will work well for this.

Water Down The Paint

The first and most important step for this project is to water down the chalk paint.

I used this paint kettle to water down the paint
I used this paint kettle to water down the paint

You don’t need to be too precise with your mixture but aim for around a 3:1 ratio, 3 parts paint to 1 part water. That is the mix I used and it worked well.

Apply The Chalk paint With a Paintbrush

Now simply paint the chalk paint onto the lampshade using a paintbrush.

Paint on the chalk paint
Paint on the chalk paint

After One Coat

So below we have the lamp after it has been painted with a single coat of chalk paint. You can see the light coming through in lots of places. If this is the look you are after then you can stop here, or continue, which is what I did.

The lampshade after a single coat
The lampshade after a single coat

Apply A Second Coat

If you want to completely cover the lampshade so you can’t see any light through then you can apply a second coat of chalk paint. That is what I did.

The lampshade after two coats of chalk paint
The lampshade after two coats of chalk paint

Done!

That’s the lampshade completed, I really like how this has turned out.

Before and After of painting a lampshade with chalk paint
Before and After of painting a lampshade with chalk paint
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Sam Wood

Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!

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