Lamp Make Over by Transferring Printed Ink to Fabric

So I have this lamp in my lounge room that has a white wooden base and an off white shade (which is nice) accept it blends right into the wall!  Here is a pic of the shade.  It's a lovely sort of burlap texture, but still very plain.  I purchased it in Target a while back as a last resort as I couldn't find anything else I liked.

Ink Transfer Method

I came across this idea where you can print an image on your computer printer and then transfer it to fabric, or any other surface. So, what the heck, I'd give it a try.  So as per the instructions, I went out and bought a bottle of Orange Goo Remover (cost approx $5).

I then printed a cute french looking label design in reverse onto plain paper, cut it out, turned it over and taped it to my shade. With a cotton ball I rubbed the Goo Remover on the back, then with a spoon I rubbed over the back of the paper to transfer the image.

This was the finished product ...

I love it.  It brings some character to the lamp and makes it look expensive. :)

It got a slight bit smudged, but at a distance you can hardly notice.

Now I have to say here that I attempted this method again on wood and on cloth fabric and the results were not as good.  I think you have to dab on the right amount of goo remover, although I haven't figured out what that is yet.  Too much and the image does not seem to transfer at all!  Still, when done right you can obtain amazing results. :)


  1. julie, you must have a very beautiful house!! you have put alot of love into all your works.

  2. Now this looks a great idea!I wonder what the goo remover equivalent is here in the Uk, or maybe you can get it here anyway.Does the goo remover soak through the paper? Is that how it transfers it?
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Gillyflower, I know in the US they use Citra Solv and it does need to soak through to transfer the image, plus a lot of burnishing with the back of a spoon. Again, this method was not very reliable for me. Hit and miss. :) Thanks for your comment!


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