Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Now it comes into fashion to decorate the house with products made by yourself. Unique items, interior decorations, made in vintage style or decorated with photos, rags from grandma's chest will help to make the room unusual. The article is devoted to decorating an old plastic lampshade of a desk lamp in the decoupage technique.
Often, before you decorate something, you need to restore the surface. We will tell about how to strengthen and align the plastic lampshade for subsequent decorative decoration.

Restoration of a lampshade for decoupage


Once I already did the restoration and decoupage of a lampshade, then the product came across to me with much smaller flaws than now. In addition, the dark color of the selected motive hid all the unevenness of the light. But the lampshade is an object that lets light through, by definition.
Recently I got a table lamp in my hands. The lampshade had clear drawings, floral ornaments. The drawing of the owners managed to get bored, and plus it had defects: lines from a ballpoint pen, drawn by a child. On closer examination, it became apparent that in some places the plastic had burst.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

To decoupage this lampshade, I decided to take light motives. The choice fell on delicate tulips against the background of a wooden ornament, the greens and tenderness of the flowers conquered me.
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In the color of the gray shades of napkins, I looked at the cotton string (lace) for processing the bottom of the lampshade.
On the restoration of this piece of furniture I would like to tell more.

Removing the old cover


The foot of the lamp is white so that paint does not hit it, we will close it with newspapers.
wrapping up

Before proceeding to any decoration at all, it was necessary to understand what kind of object it was and what it was made of. I saw that the lampshade itself was plastic, almost transparent, and on top it was covered with a fabric that was cut out of the pattern and firmly glued to the surface.
An attempt to lighten the fabric with hydrogen peroxide did not lead to anything, only dust and dirt remained on the wool.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

It turned out that the drawings are printed on the fabric, the plastic of the drawing itself does not have.
Also, by applying napkins and pieces of old wallpaper, I realized that the flowers shine through anyway.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

It became clear that the fabric must be removed. Whether it was just white or cream, you could try to do decoupage directly on top of it.
So, get rid of the old tissue. I found the place of the seam and carefully began to separate the fabric from the surface to which it was glued. From time to time, the glue lost its glueing properties, and the fabric separated easily, but not everywhere.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

This should be done very carefully: in several places where there were cracks, the lampshade managed to burst.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

I was ready to finish the job and take the thing to where it belongs, that is, in the trash, but I overcame my interest in creativity. So, the cracks had to be restored.

Restoration, work with cracks


As in the previous time, I started the restoration from the inside (gluing small patches) and from the front (gluing white napkins).
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

The last time I used white paint instead of primer: the lampshade was covered with even paper of the same color. I started dyeing plastic now.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

And that's what I got when I turned on the lamp:
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

All the irregularities, cracks, patches were perfectly visible in the light. It became clear that the napkin could not hide them. We had to do something. A few days of thinking led me to the fact that the paint should be washed off (well, that it was not waterproof).
Under a stream of warm water, very carefully, I wiped off all the paint with a sponge, including cracks. The patches all disappeared too. And the work began again.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

For a while I chose a putty (primer). The choice stopped at the Acrylic moisture-resistant “putty” of the “Collection” company: the manufacturer promises that it is ideally suited for decorative coatings, and what is a napkin motif, if not a decorative coating?
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

I continued the restoration experiments, all of which were carried out with the lamp on in order to assess the degree of transparency. Cracks from the inside and the front side (if not concave) were sealed with several layers of adhesive tape (cut into small squares and glued, trying to avoid bubbles).
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

The second step was the first coat of primer on the lamp. First I closed large cracks, then began to apply the composition to the entire surface.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

And here's the trouble: exactly she lay down only here and there, in some places it became thicker, in some she let the light through. I did not despair, put the paste and left to dry for a couple of hours. After this time, I tried to grind the surface with an emery paper number 60 and found that all the irregularities are very easy to smooth out.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

After the first layer had dried, I (with the lamp on!) Began to apply the primer thicker and bolder, with broad strokes, trying to ensure that the light was transmitted uniformly.After the surface dries, it can be ground, and it will be ready for further work.
After the main part has dried, you can add paste to the places where points, cracks or other defects are visible. This is convenient to do with cardboard, using it as a spatula. Leave to dry again, or you can dry it with a hairdryer.
dry

Here is what the shade looks like after applying "putty" and grinding the surface:
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Now it is clear that the napkin motif will be clearly visible both when it is turned on and when the lamp is off.

Coloring


After priming, I simply paint the lampshade with gray paint. There is another little secret: I paint (I add color) paint with ordinary watercolor. Of course, I do not dilute it with water, but I add a piece of watercolor to the paint and mix it for a long time until the color becomes uniform.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Color should try in the corner: is it dark? If dark, add white paint and mix again.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Now it is very simple: I paint with a wide brush, leveling the paint layer, if in some places there is a texture in the form of small scratches, then it is not scary and even interesting. It is desirable nevertheless to paint in one chosen direction (or from top to bottom, or in a circle).
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

That's it, now the lampshade is ready for decoration in any way! You can perform decoupage, and you can use tapes, or paint with acrylic paints, causing the selected pattern.

Gentle lilies: decoupage lampshade


Housewives who love and know how to make beautiful little things and home furnishings with their own hands will be interested to learn about such a method of decoration as decoupage. This design of any surface with the help of color motifs with three-layer napkins. Indeed, on serving napkins sometimes there are bright, beautiful drawings that one would like to transfer, for example, to a lamp shade. This table lamp will look good in the bedroom and in the living room, and you can choose the motifs for decoupage according to the overall interior of the room.
In the previous part of the article we have already considered in detail the stages of preparing the surface for decoration. Let's summarize.
The paint is not suitable as a primer, and the restoration with white napkins is not suitable as it shines through the plastic. Cracks from the underside we covered with a transparent tape, and then applied to the surface of the putty (primer), which was then sanded for a long time with sandpaper No. 60.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

The next step will be a thorough treatment of this paste small cracks and irregularities.
After sanding, we will apply two layers of paint, and our lampshade will be ready for decoration after drying.

Napkin preparation and decoupage


After the surface is dry and ready for decoration, you need to select and prepare napkins. The quality of the image greatly influences the final look of the item being made.
Recommendations for choosing napkins:
three-layer wipes better than double-layer;
choose motifs in view of the fact that they will need to be cut, that is, without small details;
the brighter the colors, the better, do not get very light and too dark napkins.
Before you start decorating the lamp, separate the paint layer from the napkin, iron the folds from the inside out with an iron. After that, cut out motives.
Attention! You can cut motives first, then separate the layers and only then smooth them. Choose a convenient option for yourself.
As an adhesive, dissolve wallpaper glue a little thinner than for pasting walls.
Think over the composition: attach the napkins to the lampshade, imagine the finished product. If the solution is found and the idea has appeared, you can proceed to the decoupage.
Apply glue with a wide brush to the place where the motive will be.Then attach the motif with the colorful side up, trying to stick it in the middle, and then smooth the edges. If everything is done correctly, the napkin will itself go to bed smoothly, you will only need to slightly help her. This paper is very thin, and you need to treat it delicately. We can say that there is no room for error.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Gradually cover the entire surface or part of it with motifs, in accordance with your idea. Depending on the motive, the picture must be combined in whole or in part. Some patterns do not require a match.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

In this example, I began to fill the surface from top to bottom: first, a gray background with tree motifs, below — flowers, and even lower — also floral motifs. It turns out something like a bed of lilies.
The resulting picture can really be seen only after drying. At the same time, it is possible and even necessary to dry it with a hairdryer, since it can also eliminate minor irregularities and other defects. Turn on the lamp and see what happens.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Final touches


Decorate (glue) the top of the lamp.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Look at the resulting drawing: perhaps it requires the painting of some element. In this case, I just marked the flowers with a pencil, which fell on a light background.
Lacquer will serve as a layer of transparent wallpaper glue. He dries in a couple of hours.
For processing the bottom of the lamp, I took a gray braid that matches the style. I fix it on a few drops of glue from a glue gun.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

As a final chord I place textile flowers in the place of the junction.
So, now you can remove the protective coating from the lamp leg, wipe it with flannel and make the final photo.
Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

Restoration and decoupage lampshade

application


List of materials required for this work:
1. Lampshade.
2. Primer or putty with the indication: "for decorative coating."
3. Sandpaper.
4. Brushes.
5. Watercolor paints.
6. Waterproof paint white.
7. Napkins with suitable motifs.
8. Band.
9. Scissors.
10. Glue gun.
11. Scotch tape

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