Make a Chalkboard Lampshade


Make a Chalkboard Lampshade - learn from my mistake!

I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on this mid century lamp – I call him Ed.

I knew he needed to go from work horse to Arabian beauty and a chalkboard paint lampshade and new coat of paint was just what the veternarian ordered.

Make a Chalkboard Lampshade - learn from my mistake!

My first try was an epic fail – learn from my mistakes.

Do not use chalkboard spray paint!  It created lots of little black specks all over the shade.

So what do you do when you fall off the horse …

get back on of course.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Lampshade - what a fun idea!

DIY Chalkboard Paint Lampshade - what a fun idea!

Second try – I wiped off the black specks with my hand and brushed on two coats of regular chalkboard paint.

I used a glossy white spray primer/paint combo on Ed – very Saturday Night Live white disco suit, don’t you think?

Note:  I tried priming the chalkboard – you know how you are supposed to rub chalk all over a chalkboard before you use it?  But I didn’t love the look – it make the shade very white and is very hard to erase.  So choose your word carefully because I think the only way to change it would be to add another layer of chalkboard paint.

Mid Century Lamp Makeover -

Here’s Ed in my living room before his makeover moving at a leisurely cantor …

Living room tour filled with tons of fabulous decorating ideas and vintage touches

 and here he is at a full gallop.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Lampshade - what a fun idea!

Now Ed grazes in my entrance vestibule welcoming everyone who enters.

I’ll never put him out to pasture.


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  1. Hi Kelly! I think Ed looks absolutely wonderful in your entrance and I love the chalkboard lampshade idea. Thanks for the tips on the best way to paint the shade! Thanks for sharing, pinning and have a wonderful Monday!

  2. I guess you could say Ed is a horse of a different color?;>) Looks great-love the chalkboard lampshade! xo Diana

  3. Rondell says:

    Great idea and Ed looks great! Love him painted white with the chalkboard painted lampshade! Pinning this.

  4. Wow.. you flipped the script on Ed and he looks fantastic. That was very creative of you to use the chalkboard paint on the shade.. love that idea!

  5. Kell, awesome as usual…..I LOVE It

  6. The chalkboard lampshade is a genius idea! I love the white too. This is such a creative idea.

  7. Love the idea of a chalkboard shade. Ed’s got his groove back for sure!

  8. I LOVE ED!

  9. WOW! A great redo. You give so inspiration with this one. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Great project! Ed is looking lovely cantering about there in your entryway!

  11. A horse is a horse of course of course……

    I think I like it, but after you used your hand to wipe off the flecks, did you write notes on it?

  12. Ed is adorable! Super cute lamp! Can’t WAIT to see you at Haven!

    Have a great day rock star!

  13. Love Ed!! He looks fabulous dressed in white and the chalkboard lamp shade is a great idea- might just have to try it!

  14. Hi Kelly! I love what you did with Ed! You always have the BEST ideas! Who would have ever thought to use chalkboard paint on a lampshade?! Genius! He looks great in the vestibule!

    Happy Monday!

  15. Ed looks so dashing! I love the black and white combo and of course, the chalkboard shade, I have to take note of your mistakes if I ever do try this on my shades! Love it Kelly!

  16. Clever use of chalkboard paint, Kelly. Nice makeover.

  17. Good for you – I probably would have thrown out the shade after the first try! This is a great look with the glossy base.

  18. SHOUTED this projects awesomeness across the networks. Here ye, here ye- chalkboard lampshades rock the house!! Hard.
    xoxo Bec

  19. Love Ed! So cool and clever!

  20. I have gone down the spray paint a lamp shade path of shame myself. Fortunately it looks lim you kept on riding! Ed is fabulous. And I see he has something to say too! Perhaps it is actually Monsiuer Ed? Btw, love that you vestibule in there again.

  21. Neat idea of a chalkboard lampshade … fun way to post any kind of message or seasonal greeting.
    Did good Kelly.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  22. Ed is a super cute horse! Love the chalkboard lampshade!

  23. Bring me the horse :) Love it!

  24. So cute Kelly! Thanks for sharing your diy knowledge. I’ll be adding a few what not to dos if I ever get my chair done. LOL!!

  25. Great project. Thank for making all the mistakes for us… and showing us the right way to paint a chalkboard on a lamp! LOVE the horse!!!!

  26. Love your horse’s makeover! And all of your horse-themed phrases throughout the post too! LOL

  27. I love your Ed Makeover! I think you would be correct on choose the word wisely. I would be like you, repaint it if the word gets changed. I like that dark black lamp shade look.

  28. Girl, you know I love some chalkboard paint, and I kind of love horses…it’s a KY thing. This is the perfect marriage! Can’t wait to see you this week! CHEERS!

  29. Very cool, Kelly!! I love it all!! The shade is perfect for Ed!!~~Angela

  30. I love {Mr} Ed!
    He’s great…and his chalkboard paint shade…reminds me of a top hat too. Oooo! or a Derby!
    yeah… he’s a cool horse. Pat

  31. Ed looks great, love that chalkboard shade.

  32. Now that is a very cool lamp!!!…Great idea Kelly!!!! See you soon!

  33. BRAVO!!! This is genius. And thanks for telling us about the mistakes:) ED looks fabulous!

  34. Ed makeover is so handsome! Love the chalkboard shade. Super fun!

  35. such a fun idea!!!

  36. Love Ed! He’s looking really handsome! :)

  37. Kelly, All your projects are great but this one is amazing… the base looks fantastic white and that shade… I love how it turned out and that you showed the trial and error side of the project! Pinning your brilliance!

  38. Now this is cool!!!

  39. Loveeeee this so much, Kelly!! It’s perfect! Pinning.
    Have a great weekend!

  40. This is really clever! I just added some chalkboard paper and pens to my shop, and this would be a great project for a make and take class! Thanks for the inspiration. Id love for you to share it at my new link party at The party is open all weekend, I hope to see you there!


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