Help me paint some boring lightshades. Please?
March 6, 2011 11:05 AM Subscribe
What sort of paint should I use to decorate white fabric pendant lightshades?
posted by Pallas Athena to Home & Garden (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just moved into a new place. The hall lights all have cylindrical white pendant shades; fabric backed onto some sort of plastic. I was going to replace these with something more interesting, but it seems they're strung onto the cord above the light fitting, rather than screwed into the fitting in the normal way. So I'm guessing these things won't come off, and the only way of making them more interesting is to paint them, (probably just something basic like black baroque scrollwork.)
Does anyone know what sort of paint would be best for this? I'd like to paint the outside (fabric side) of each shade, and I'd like the paint to keep looking good, ideally for years. Anything that will crack with repeated heating and cooling, or fade with long-term exposure to light, is out. Fabric paint? What do you guys think?
Also, if I decorate them with cut paper instead, is there a recommended type of glue that won't eventually go brittle?