Put a bird on it for an instant upgrade to a plain lamp #Do It Yourself#birds#lamps#lighting#makeover Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Sep 30 2013) Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Offbeat Homie Cheryl Hellcat is at it again. We've already seen what she easily created with a piece of driftwood, or some chalkboard paint. Now check out another one of her easy-but-awesome DIY projects. As she explained it: Plain lamp + swallow stencil + paint = Pretty Lamp And look how lovely it looks lit up at night… "Put a bird on it" will always be a classic. What are you going to put on your lamp shade? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS OMG YOU GUYS it's a DIY My Little Pony plushie tutorial NEXT Budget hacks for when you're "broke as a joke" Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] I love the bird with that color! A grey lampshade with a cat silhouette would be really cute and would go with those pillows from the cat decor roundup. I may have to try this… What type of paint did you use, and how did you prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencil? Reply I've done lots of stencil projects like this and my paint of choice is simply spray stencil paint (or project paint, same product different packaging). To make sure it doesn't bleed, I use a mild spray adhesive (3m makes one that is "temporary hold" or something). Just don't leave the stencil on too long or that adhesive becomes permanent !! Reply I love the cat idea! This lamp is so cute. Reply There doesn't have to be a special paint for this with the whole lights create some heat when on? This post just inspired me to find a way to add some color to my living/dining room area. Get some stencils and use that as a color splash. 🙂 I probably should then repaint the area first, but damn it I'm INSPIRED. Reply A CFL bulb would really keep the heat down! Reply Nice Portlandia reference; really cute stencil. 🙂 My fiancé had decided to dye one of the ivory lampshades with some leftover Manic Panic (one of the red colors, but it turns hair orange). After a couple of hours and some turns (and me wondering if it'll work at all), we ended up with a nice pumpkin orange lampshade that went perfectly with a kitschy lamp we couldn't find the "right" shade for. Who knew Manic Panic worked for lampshades, too? Reply I this this, but with pain in my heart for the dying Portlandian idealist in me… ow but yay? Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.