DIY Dyed Lampshade

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Hi everyone!  I thought I would pop in this weekend since I actually had time to get to one of the DIY’s on my to-do list!

A ways back I found this steal of a lamp at Marshall’s.  It was only $26 and is a 30 pound crystal Drexel Heritage lamp.  Yes, you read that right $26 and it was originally $130!

I fell in love with it and knew I would find a place for it.  I have plans brewing in the back of my mind for Audrey’s (my youngest) big-girl room.  I plan on doing it in palette of grey and pale pink and I have been picking up things for it here and there.

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The only problem was that the shade the lamp came with was this cream (almost yellow) color, and it did not go with my envisioned palette.  So I decided to try to dye the lampshade.  I figured I could always buy a new one if the project went terribly wrong, so I really had nothing to lose.

Here is what you will need:

  • Rit Dye- $2.79 (can be found at most craft stores).  I used a soft color called Pearl Grey.
  • Salt
  • Hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ribbon or trim (optional)

 

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Here is what you do.  I don’t have photos because you want to move fast when you do this and I didn’t want to end up with stained clothes or a stained kitchen!

  • Using gloves, add the Rit Dye and 1 cup of salt to very hot water.  I used the hottest tap water I could get, but if you need it hotter, you could always boil water and add it. I did this project in a stainless steel kitchen sink because it was the only place that would fit my large drum shade.  It is also important to note that you should not do a project like this in a bathtub.   It can stain the porcelain.  You can use it in a washing machine or a large bucket  if you are dying clothes or larger items of fabric.
  • Use a spoon to ensure the dye is completely mix in.
  • Test the dye with a scrap piece of fabric or a paper towel to make sure it is the right color.
  • Let the object sit in the dye for 10-30 minutes depending on how dark you want the color to be.  I had to rotate mine in the dye several times to ensure even coverage.
  • Rinse or wash the item in cool water.  I just rinsed mine with cold water a few times to make sure the die was gone.

I also recommend making sure then entire work surface you are working near is covered with trash bags or some plastic lining because the dye can stain.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Rit Dye.  My biggest concern was that it was going to add too much color, but it ended up being very subtle.  Here is a before and after.

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I then simply glued on some Greek key trim and I feel like I have a really elegant lamp for my little lady’s room for only about $30.

 

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Have you ever used Rit Dye?  I think it would be great to use to dye inexpensive white curtains or even an old duvet cover.  It comes in a variety of colors so the options are endless!

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Comments

  1. The lampshade turned out SO pretty and elegant! I LOVE the pearl gray color! Great work!!

  2. This is brilliant Jennifer, I love it. I have two lamps I picked up at Costco on sale and they are very similar, I really wanted to do something to them but just didn’t know what. I love what you have done with the trim and the dye….I can’t wait to give this a go….I’m just going to have to look for a big enough basin to put the lampshades into, I can’t do the kitchen sink as ours is granite….maybe one of those small rubbermaid trashcans might do the trick.

    • Thanks so much Samantha. It was actually really easy to do and I had never used Rit Dye before. The sink that I used was actually still not big enough so I had to kind of rotate the lamp shade evenly to make sure each side was getting saturated and it turned out fine. I think a Rubbermaid can would be perfect. Not worth an inexpensive DIY if you ruin your sink! Thanks for stopping by!

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