Have you ever rented an apartment or home and found yourself absolutely turned off by certain aspects of the decor?
You know, like that ugly ceiling fan lighting fixture combo for instance.
And it’s so ugly it makes you wonder how it actually got there?
When we moved into our current rental, it had a hideous ceiling fan and light hanging in just about the oddest place you could put it. Needless to say, it was the first thing to go.
So, as a result of the hideousness she came up with a great solution inspired by the current metallic trend going on in home decor. Here’s the DIY down low on how to make a silver-leafed lampshade.
What you need:
- a large lampshade with plastic interior
- baby powder
- metal leafing (pictured is silver)
- a wide paint brush
- a soft paintbrush (like a blush brush)
How to do it:
Step 1. Use the wide paintbrush to paint the whole interior of the light shade with adhesive sizing. Keep in mind that the leafing shows all brushstrokes so try to coat the shade smoothly with the sizing. Make sure not to get any sizing on any other part of the shade. The leaf will stick to the sizing no matter where it is.
Step 2. Let the adhesive dry until it is transparent and has a tacky texture. Also, wash the wide paintbrush.
Step 3. Here’s where the baby powder comes in. Powder your hands to keep the leaf from tearing apart and sticking as you touch it. Here’s how to leaf:
Start at the bottom of the shade, or the most visible side of the shade. My shade hangs from a pendant, so we look up into it. I wanted the bottom edge to look the cleanest. But if you have a table lamp, you might want to start at the top, depending on its height.
Step 4. After opening the metal leaf booklet slide one sheet out over the edge about an inch then close the book. Hold the booklet by the spine area and line the edge of the metal leaf with the edge of the shade that touches the fabric
Step 5. Take the soft brush and push the leaf to the interior. By pulling the booklet this allows the sheet of metal leaf to come out. Using the soft brush “paint” over the leafing. This helps to press the leaf onto the shade into the sizing.
Step 6. Repeat steps five – eight until the interior side of the shade is covered.
Brenna has a few tips for the leafing process:
After the first piece was on, I found it easier to line up the subsequent sheets with the side of the first sheet rather than the bottom of the shade.
Move in the direction of your favored hand. If you are right handed, the next sheet should be on the right of the first.
Step 7. Fill in any tears or gaps with left over leafing
Step 8. This is recommended to do outside because it’s a bit messy. With a wide dry paintbrush, brush over the leaf to remove the loose pieces.
Step 9. Now you’re done! Hang it up and enjoy your hard work!