Give a vintage lampshade a complete makeover with these easy-to-follow steps

You know the saying: One person's trash is another's treasure. Even in this disposable economy, many things are still worth saving. Rather than toss an old lamp to the curb, consider refurbishing it.
One of the most unappealing things about an old lamp is often the lampshade. Finding a replacement shade in the desired size and shape can be a challenge. Instead of tossing an old lampshade that looks a little dingy, give it a paint job to brighten it up.
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in Cottage White
- Paintbrush 1 inch wide
- Small glass bowl
- Lmpshade
- Ivory decorative textile trim
- Scissors
- Hot-glue gun
- Glue stick
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1. Place the lampshade on a flat work surface.
2. Pour chalk paint into a small glass bowl.
3. Dip the paintbrush into the paint.
4. Paint all sides of the lampshade and allow it to dry.
5. Screw a lightbulb into the lamp to check the opacity of the paint. Secure the shade, and plug in the lamp. If the lampshade looks streaky, remove the shade and add another coat of chalk paint. Repeat until the shade is evenly covered in paint.
7. Unravel approximately 3 feet of decorative textile trim from a board or spool.
8. Trim the bottom of the textile trim straight across with scissors to make it more fringe-like.
9. Heat up the hot-glue gun.
10. Squeeze hot glue in a horizontal line across the bottom of the lampshade.
11. Secure the trim to the glue, and turn the lampshade. Glue and secure the trim all the way around the bottom of the shade.
12. Cut off excess trim. Secure any loose trim to the shade with glue.
13. Allow the glue to dry.

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