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By Sonya Weiss – Interior Design

Have you ever noticed how alike the majority of lampshades are?

No matter what kind of store you search, you'll find a lot of plain shades in the same neutral colors. One search of an online company featured over 30,000 lampshades but the colors were white, tan, black and brown with an occasional red, blue or green one.

 

Sometimes, you can find a lampshade that’s a bit more bold, but deep down, you know it’s not what you’re looking for. There’s one way to get the exact lampshade that you want for any room in your home. All you need is a smooth lampshade, a bottle of Modge Podge and a paintbrush.

For the design, you can cut out pieces of fabric, you can use postcards, designs from greeting cards, lyrics from songs, words from old books, scrapbook paper, or concert or movie tickets. You can even make a lampshade based on your favorite movie.

Gather the designs you want to use and cover the lampshade with a thin coating of the Modge Podge. You might have to thin it out with just a touch of water if the Modge Podge is too thick for your shade.

Once you’ve covered the lampshade with the Modge Podge, apply your designs. Go over your designs with a thin layer of Modge Podge and using the paint brush, continually smooth until there are no air bubbles in the design.

Let dry and cover with varnish if desired. A decoupage lampshade makes a great accessory for a teenagers room or to give as a gift.

Happy Decorating!

 

Sonya Weiss

About Our Interior Decorating Columnist Sonya Weiss:

From the time she was a child, Sonya spun stories to entertain herself and her siblings. Once she graduated from high school, she put her writing aside and attended college where she studied Secondary Education, majoring in English. She's represented by literary agent Nicole Resciniti. 

Sonya's website can be found at http://sonyaweiss.com/

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