Lining Lampshades with Metallic Paper

I love the little extra glimmer that metallic lined lampshades add to a room.

I had a pair of drum shades from Target that I dyed mint green but they still needed a little something. I picked up a couple of sheets of adhesive-backed silver metallic paper at Utrecht Art Supply for $3 or $4 a sheet. I think if I do this project again though, I'll try this contact paper.



The general idea is really easy. Lay your drum shade down on the back of the paper, lining up the bottom of your shade with the bottom of the paper. Put a little piece of tape down to keep the shade and paper together.



Trace the edge of the shade while you roll so you can get the curve of the shade just right. Do the same for the other edge.



Then cut out the template, but cut about 1/4" inside the line so that the liner easily fits inside the lip of your shade.



Then just place it like a big sticker inside the shade, but be sure to start the paper on the seam of your shade if there is one. Smooth out any air bubbles with your hand or a credit card.



It's a ridiculously easy project, but I love the sparkle!!





Have you tried any similar projects? Anyone seen the silver contact paper in person? Is it as bright as my artist paper?



PS I did a round up of REALLY cheap lamps over on Babble. Check it out here. Can you believe this chic little number is only $15???


41 comments:

lisaroyhandbags said...

What a fantastic idea! Yours looks great - I've never seen either paper... I wonder if I can track this down in Dubai...

FlirtyGems said...

Thats Genius!

lgrecreated said...

great idea. Love it!

Laurie Jones said...

You've been bookmarked...again!! Can't wait to try this out, I think I'm going to try to locate the contact paper! Your lamp turned out great!!

Angela N said...

Love this! And I have some of the silver metallic paper! Looks like I will be checking out all the lamps around my house to see which one I can use it on. :-)

Jordan G. said...

I just bought this awesome mercury glass lamp this weekend, and I was wishing it had metallic lining inside! I'll have to try to add it myself. Thanks!

Tracy K said...

Ok...I just bought metallic gold paint for the inside shade of my bedroom lamp. Now I'm retinking it! Should I line it instead? Is there a reason you didn't just paint it? It's a PB shade so it's not a throw away if it doesn't work out kinda thing. Thoughts???
Thank you!

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Tracy!

The paper is highly reflective - almost like a mirror. Paint would be a pretty contrast, but it wouldn't be nearly as reflective.

xx

Jules said...

Good heavenly days - where did those awesome lamps come from??

Jae said...

Thanks for this post. I'd seen a couple of gold lined shades in inspiration pics and now have no excuse not to do it!

Mrs. W said...

Wow, great idea. It turned out great!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I just painted the inside of my black drum shades with gold metallic....waiting for it all to dry before reassembling lamp, but so far it's amazing! (if I do say so myself!) :)

Yours, as always, looks great!

Brannon said...

This is such a great idea! I never would have thought to do this. Love you choice of the silver metallic. Would also be fun to have a solid lamp shade and then a pattern inside! Bookmarking this!

kasey @ girl in the gray house said...

great idea. i love the mint, marble, and shiny together, it looks so good!

LindaB said...

I love your site! Just recently discovered it and I am totally hooked! I’d love to try this project but I can’t find the silver paper. Even tried the online Utrect Art Supply store. Can you give me an exact name of the product? Thanks.

It's Raining Jelly Beans said...

I LOVE the look of the your shade with the metallic paper. I just read about glitter spray paint by Krylon called Glitter Blast (on Vintage Revivals)….hmmmm imagine the possibilities a glittery metallicy slice of decorating heaven

kat said...

It looks fabulous! Great idea! I don't think you would be as pleased with the stainless steel silver contact paper. I used it to line cabinets, and as the name implies, it has more of a stainless steel look (with striations) and isn't as reflective.

jen fuller said...

that is such a great idea! we love things that sparkle over here!
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Crystal said...

Okay, I'm in love with this idea. At first I thought you were going to cover the outside of the shade with the metallic and I was curious to see how it turned out. Love the lining, great idea!

Laura Isabel said...

Jenny are you going to source the lamps you posted about on babble. Some of them (like the Walmart lamp) indicate where you found them, but most of them aren't sourced!

boops said...

Thanks for posting this. I have a lamp I wanted to try this on. My one question is: how does the lining handle heat? Does it get hot?

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi LindaB -

I wish I could remember the exact name of the paper, but there really wasn't one. I just went into the store (I'm sure Blick or Pearl would have it too) and asked for an adhesive-backed metallic paper. The silver paper is very glass-like. I could see my reflection. Sorry, hope that helps! Good luck!

Jenny at LGN said...

Laura Isabel -

All the links to the individual lamps are in the slideshow. The words THIS are all hyperlinked.

Thanks!

Jenny at LGN said...

Boops - My liner handles the heat perfectly. No issues there at all with my shade. Can't vouch for smaller shades, but I can't imagine there would be a big problem. Good luck!

Tracy K said...

Thanks Jenny & Cassie@Hi Sugarplum! I love (and am intimidated by both of you) so much! I will try painting 1st. I can always line it if I find I want a little more bling. Working on the launch of my own blog this week! Dollarsandsensedecor.com

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Love this! I'm going to have to try it!

Jerith said...

Great tutorial -- I'm interested to hear how the paper turns out after a few months of regular use with the lamps...ie bubbling from heat, glue letting go from heat, etc. Keep us updated please :)

Jenny at LGN said...

Jerith, you're in luck! I actually did this project more than two months ago. The paper is holding up beautifully. No bubbling or heat marks! Two thumbs up.
j

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

I love the glow from the metallic...have to try this....actually have some contac paper that will work. Thanks for the great tutorial as usual...you nailed it!

Kathryn said...

very clever!
looks gorgeous x

Jones said...

Fabulous! I bet the metallic lining gives off the BEST light. Thanks for the amazing DIY!! Chic Rooms

rental mobil said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

thebeneblog.com said...

Totally ingenious, that is a lot of bang for the buck! Love it!

asishome said...

The paper looks really great with the marble bases... and all my questions were answered in the comments too! I think gold paper would look amazing on that $40 owl lamp from Target that you featured on Babble. That would be sweet! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Allison said...

How does this compare to silver/gold leaf in terms of look?

bear said...

I used the silver contact paper as decorative cut outs for my walls, its not as shiny as the paper you used. It looks more like the stainless steel appliances.

Jen said...

I love this idea!

Navy Bean said...

What a fabulous idea! I love the subtle sparkle that it adds. I will definitely have to try this!

Bridget said...

I love this idea - it's genius!x

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[elaine] said...

Perfect balance of calm, regal, and fun! What did you use to dye the lampshade? Also, did you dip it or brush it? The green you chose is gorgeous!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Ok...You clearly are gifted...cause I ordered the paper and DID NOT find it easy...kept sticking to itself...the wrong place...full of bubbles.

I bow to you...do you think you used that same paper? Mine was on a plastic shade back (on a GREAT Anthropologie peacock shade) The plus is that it makes the shade look 100% better from the outside...but the inside ain't to pretty :(

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