DIY: Dip-Dyed Lamp Shades

I showed you guys a couple preview photos yesterday, including this one...

Not only did I break out a couple brass candlesticks and spray paint the sunburst mirror gold, I also tried my hand at a little dip-dying. My wheels have been spinning on what to do with the plain white shades of these lamps. Here they are in all of their boring glory.

I thought about painting them them out...


I thought about trimming them out in ribbon...

Ribbon Trim Table Shade

I thought about covering them with fabric...

Drum Lampshade Covered in Grey Fret Schumacher Fabric

But, a couple weeks ago, I saw this post over at Kara Paslay's blog and I new I had to try it!

Kara did a great job of walking us through each step. First, she gathered her materials; which included a lampshade, some dye, a large container and some hot water.


Kara used the Rit powdered dye...I, on the other hand, used the liquid dye. The instructions are essentially the same, but I think the liquid dye is a smidge easier to work with. She mixed the dye and hot water in the large container and then, it was time for dipping!


You want to leave the lamp shade in for around 20 minutes, but it depends on how light or dark you want your shade.

When you take out your lamp shade, you can either rest it on a piece of cardboard or hang it and let it drip over an old towel. Just be careful where you leave it; you may not want rings on your counters, floors, etc. Leave your shades to dry...I left mine hanging in the laundry room over night.

Here's Kara's finished results...


Great, right??? And here's mine...

My shades are looking a bit on the purple side, but I still love this look! I've been trying to live with the color for a couple days now, and I'm still a bit on the fence. But, hey, if I can't live with them, I can easily try one of the methods mentioned above (I'm this close to trying out a little paint). I'll keep you posted if anything changes!

So what do you guys think? Is this something you'd want to try? Do tell!