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A New Shade

It's raining, it's pouring, but will that stop me from a lampshade makeover?  I think not. { Well to be honest, the tornado sirens did stop me for a bit. } Here is how this lamp went from dark to bright... 



What you'll need:
Lampshade
Fabric
Spray Adhesive
Ribbon
Hot Glue or Fabric Glue

I started this project with an inexpensive clearance lamp from Homegoods.  The shape & scale were right, but the colors absolutely were not.  Nothing a little creativity couldn't fix.  First, take your lampshade off of the lamp & wipe it down with a clean cloth.  You don't want any dust under your fabric.  Lay your lampshade on top of your fabric & cut, leaving at least an inch allowance for the top & bottom.

Once again you can see my glamorous craft towel put to good use.
Once your fabric is measured & cut, be sure to iron out all of the wrinkles.  Take your spray adhesive & spray generously all over your lampshade.  Do this in a well ventilated area & preferably outside.  Following the manufacturer's directions, place your lampshade in the center of the pattern (if you have one) & begin to wrap the fabric tight around the shade.  Once wrapped, trim excess fabric as needed & glue down a clean seam in the back.


Trim off excess fabric at the top & bottom allowing for 1/4"-1/2" to fold into the interior of the shade.  Personally, I have tried cutting it this finished size at the beginning but when I wrap the fabric I inevitably end up with a section that does not have enough to fold in.  This way I know I will have enough. 


Lay your shade on it's side & begin to glue the fabric into the shade.  Pulling tightly & being VERY careful if you are using hot glue.  Once you have glued the top & the bottom I like to finish off the interior with a piece of ribbon to give it a clean look.  I prefer grosgrain.  Follow the same process of gluing VERY carefully (I'm warning you that stuff is hot) & continue around until the top & bottom are completed.



And that's it!  You can add decorative trim or more ribbon to the exterior if desired.



Once this wet weather disappears I can finally finish painting the base, as it is still rocking a coat of primer.  Unfortunately, there is nothing but rain in the forecast for the next few days, that is just going to have to wait.

One major thing to consider when recovering an existing shade is does light come through your shade?  If so, this will effect the light coming through your fabric, especially if you are starting with a colored or patterned shade. You also may end up seeing where your fabric is folded under.  Making a clean line very important.  Luckily, my shade was an opaque paper backed shade.  So I didn't have to worry about any of those issues.

This project took about 30 minutes total & made a big impact in the room.  I can't wait to show you how else this fabric will be incorporated into our daughter's room.  Jumping on the Tangerine train!





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1 comment:

  1. Wow! What an amazing transformation. Love the colours you chose. It would be great if you could stop by Etcetorize to share this! (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com) Party opens on Sunday night~

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