Monday, June 3, 2013

First Mondays With Megan: June 2013

It is the first week of JUNE....what the what?!?!  You are in for a fun DIY treat today courtesy of Megan from The House of Martinez.  She has provided step by step, easy to follow instructions on how to create your very own Chevron lampshade.  It can be easily customized to whatever color would work with your decor.

DIY: Chevron Lamp Shade

I have been obsessed with chevron for quite some time. And now I can add another

decorative accessory to my collection with this DIY chevron lamp shade.

- white drum shade
- paintbrushes
- painters tape
- acrylic paint (color(s) of your choice)

The great thing about a chevron pattern, especially on a rounded surface, is that
 the pattern is very forgiving, and doesn’t have to be lined up perfectly to look 
like it’s lined up perfectly.

Step 1: Decide how large you want your chevron pattern to be, I chose a little over
3″. Measure from the base of the shade, up to whatever height you’ve chosen for 
your pattern, and place a strip of blue tape at that height, rotating and placing the 
tape while measuring every few inches to make sure the height is consistent.


Step 2: Place blue tape in chevron pattern, with the bottom points just touching the
bottom of the lamp shade, and the top points just touching the bottom of the blue 
line you placed above in step 1. You may have to adjust your lines a bit once you 
get around the shade to make sure there is enough room for all of them. Again,
don’t be too worried about each repeat being the exact same width. If it looks even 
to the eye, it will look even when you’re done. Once you have finished placing the 
first row, remove the line of tape we placed in step 1.


Step 3: After you’ve removed the line, start repeating the pattern, being sure to
leave approximately the same amount of space between each line. Use scissors to 
trim the edges and make clean points. Repeat row after row until the entire 
lampshade is covered. Don’t forget to place little corner pieces of tape along the
bottom of the shade to fully complete the pattern.


Step 4: Using a stencil paintbrush, paint in a dabbing motion to avoid paint leaking
under the tape.


Step 5: Remove the tape, and voila! You’re done!


Please stop by tomorrow, when I will be sharing the decorations I did for Zachary's 6th grade graduation party.  Have a wonderful Monday!


  1. Super cute - I might need to invest in a lamp :)

  2. Can't wait to see the decorations tomorrow! This lamp shade technique looks like even I could do it! Love this!!!

  3. Oh, that is so super cute!
    And your lines are so straight!
    I guarantee if I tried it, mine wouldn't look half as good! (lol)

  4. This is SO cool!!!

    Looking forward to tomorrows p-o-s-t!

  5. This is very cool!

    I can't wait to see your decorations tomorrow :)


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