She’s a Beauty – Gilded Lampshade Project

You know I love simple crafts.

I mean, less time spent doing projects around the house means time for more important things like watching Downton Abbey.

I’m busy worrying about Lady Sybil’s baby, the fate of Bates, and what’s going to happen when Thomas keeps making unwelcome advances towards Jimmy the footman!

DIY Gilded Reverse Stencil Lampshade - positively glowing!

Sorry to go off on a tangent – now let’s get back to reality.

Remember my thrift shop find?

She was a beauty with her cranberry glass but she needed a hat as fancy as her party dress.

DIY Gilded Reverse Stencil Lampshade - positively glowing!

I’m no Hoda & Kathie Lee but I must say I gave this gal a mean makeover.

Ready to remove your blindfold and be dazzled?

DIY Gilded Reverse Stencil Lampshade - positively glowing!

DIY Gilded Reverse Stencil Lampshade

1) Stick self adhesive silk screen onto inside of lampshade

2) Use sponge brush to pounce liquid gilding (I used bronze and silver) or craft paint onto lampshade

3) Peel off stencil while still wet

4) Turn on the light and admire your one of a kind lamp!

DIY Gilded Reverse Stencil Lampshade - positively glowing!

Go ahead and gawk.

Throw her a compliment or two – she’s not used to all this attention.

DIY Gilded Reverse Stencil Lampshade - positively glowing!

Look, she’s blushing!

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  1. This lamp and the shade are so pretty, I remember when you first posted a pic of the Lamp My heart skipped a beat, I said I need that lamp in my life it was something about it. I went out thrifting Saturday at a Goodwill store and found a pair similar to it for 3.00 a piece, I came home and worked some serious magic on those bad babies, YOUR LAMP was my inspiration, please go check out my ” recreation” of your LAMP……

  2. Love this shade! It’s so simple, but really elegant! I’ll have to remember this for sure!


  3. Brilliant idea. That lady is now strutting her stuff! I love it. Oh my, Downton Abbey’s my favorite show and I can’t wait for it to come on every Sunday night! I, too, am wondering about Lady Sybil’s sweet “Little Lady Sybil.” I wonder if something is going to happen so that Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley end up taking care of her. Maybe?? As for Thomas, I think he’s getting ready to get what is due him from Jimmy(uh, James). I think Bates will be back acting as valet for Lord Grantham again. So much to think about!

  4. I love that lamp and the lampshade is a beautiful addition; just what it needed. may have to try that on a small lampshade. I have never seen it done like you did; I have seen where someone painted inside of shade with a glittery paint. Great job!

  5. So pretty Kelly! I love those silkscreens, man, that lady makes a great craft product 🙂

    The lamp is such a pretty find. The color is exquisite!!

    Oh… and DA is getting le juicy! Loved the little bug Sideburns put in Thomas’s ear about his little friend. hehe.
    Next Sunday should be GOOD!

  6. You are so funny … and brilliant! I love this and am gazing around at several lampshades that would love a little attention, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Love this lampshade project. I going to try it myself. I too am a huge fan of Downtown Abbey. Wow, wonder if Mary will getto keep the baby? Great. Blog-Susan. @

  8. I love the lamp and what you did with the shade! Beautiful! I just covered a damaged shade with a crocheted doily, a dresser scarf and I think it’s cool. I would love to try a stenciled one like yours if I had a lampshade in good condition! I love your brilliant ideas! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. Very pretty project! I love the part about “she’s blushing.” I love your writing!

    Visiting through Charm of Home,


  10. How cool is this??? I truly was just thinking after this last Paris Flea sale that I needed some fresh ideas for old lamp shades. Pinning this, and trying this out for the next sale. Thanks!
    I am really worried about Lady Sybil’s baby too. Not that she will be christened a Catholic, but who will raise her, and how????

  11. Love it! Isn’t it so funny how “we” are going back to gold. I seriously would not wear yellow gold or use it anywhere in my house until the past two years. Now I love to wear it and have it in the house. The Lamp looks awesome!! Lesley

  12. I have all the materials…..just ready to do the make up my lamps where needing!! I hope they turn out as pretty as yours!! =)

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  17. You did an amazing job with your lamp shade. I have always liked Fenton lamps, especially the cranberry. Great find!

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