When homeowners are looking for simple, relatively inexpensive and effective ways to add some style to their home decor, they should try adding bamboo shades. But not just any bamboo shades; bamboo shades they have painted themselves. Doing this allows the homeowner to create custom shades that perfectly matches the overall decor of their home. Even for those who lack any real artistic ability, this is not a particularly difficult job. Below are several different approaches to painting bamboo, any of which can give good results. Some don't even require the use of a paintbrush.
Tools and Materials
The following tools and materials will be required for this project.
- Bamboo shades
- Painters drop cloth
- Design idea
- Can of spray paint
Preparing the Bamboo Shade
Although bamboo shades range in type and thickness, the specific style selected really doesn't matter to the painting process. They will all be prepared and painted in the same way. Start by spreading a painters drop cloth over the surface where the painting is going to be done. The bamboo shade then needs to be rolled out onto the cloth so that the side that's going to be painted is facing up. It's important that the shade is completely extended and flat, otherwise the paint might not apply properly. The way to solve this problem is to weigh the shade down with heavy weights.
Directly Painting a Design
One way to customise a bamboo shade with a design is to do a bit of freehand painting. The first thing to do is to select the design. It's important to practice drawing this out on a large sheet of paper so that the practice image is the same size as the one that will be on the shades. It's best to choose something as simple as possible, as this will make the job easier and result in a better final product. After completing the practice drawing, it's time to practice filling in the colours.
Working with bamboo will be slightly different from working on a flat surface, such as a piece of paper. However, once the novelty of painting on a ridged surface wears off, it's more or less the same. If there are any runs or mistakes during the painting process, a little paint remover on a clean cloth can easily wipe them away before they dry. If the intended design is relatively small, it might be possible to repeat it multiple times along the surface of the shade.
For those who are confident about trying to freehand paint their bamboo shades, another option is to use stencils. These are available at home and garden and art stores everywhere. After choosing a design, all that's necessary is to lay it across the shade and paint over it and the exposed bamboo with a paintbrush. This takes "artistry" out of the equation and will get the job done quicker and cleaner.
One nice thing about stencils is that it's easy to use spray cans of paint instead of a paintbrush. First, tape down some protective paper along the edges of the stencil before placing it on the shade. This buffer area will ensure that none of the paint lands anywhere else on the shade. Once the design is been sprayed on, the stencil should be removed and the paint left to dry.
Applying a Uniform Colour
Another approach many people take when painting bamboo shades is to simply apply a uniform, single colour across the entire surface of the shade. The easiest way to do this is to use a can of spray paint. It's important to avoid touching the shade while painting it. Instead, it should be sprayed as evenly as possible on each side. The shade should be allowed to completely dry before it is hung up.