Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lamp Shade Redo...

You may find this as hard to believe as I do, but I am finished with my bedroom redo #3. Fine-awl-lee. It's taken me months. Most of that time was spent on the she-devil desk that I bought for $14.99 at Goodwill. I thought it was a good deal at the time, and I suppose I still do, but she took hours to refinish. I now know there was a better way to refinish her, but that realization came with all the lessons learned along the way and experienced garnered. I digress. (The desk post will come later this week.) This post is about a lamp shade redo that I performed last night and this morning.

A couple of weeks ago I bought the cutest little "crystal" (acrylic) lamp for the above mentioned devilish desk. However, I had a difficult time finding a shade for it, so I decided to cover an inexpensive shade and make it "my own." I purchased a $7 shade at Target, and I used some fabric from my stash to cover it. The fabric is a cotton from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern line. I just love it and it fits perfectly in the room.

I started by laying the lamp shade directly onto the fabric, and as I rolled the shade around the fabric I outlined the lamp shade. Then I cut just inside the traced lines so the fabric was slightly smaller than the shade.

I used a paintbrush and some fabric glue to attach the fabric to the shade. I painted the glue onto the very edges of the shade (1/4" from the edges) and pressed the fabric edges to the shade.

Some trim from Hobby Lobby finished her off! (I used Fray Check on the edges of the trim to keep it from fraying.)

A little hot glue secured the trim to the edge of the shade.

I really love how it turned out. This room has become an eclectic mix of trendy and traditional, and I love how the fabric on this lamp ties together both of those looks with a vintage modern spirit.



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31 comments:

Julie Harward said...

I love love love this lamp! And the shade is just perfect with it...classy! :D

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What a beautiful lamp. It looks better than what you could purchase!

Stacey said...

Your lamp looks great!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

That lamp is perfect! Love the new look.

Uska B Hope said...

Muito elegante!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

great job! your lamp is so cute! thanks for sharing the how to! Seems easy enough. :)
gail

Susan said...

You are very talented in decorating and making things. Very nice job and it made my journey through your blog page very enjoyable. I am trying my very first give away on my blog, so if you like Burger King, come on over and enter, the prize is a $5.00 gift certificate to Burger King.
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MiaKatia said...

We just bought some lamps for our bedroom and every-single-night we comment on how much we love having a lamp by the bed. Maybe after I choose a new comforter I will change our shades to something a little less boring than their current white.

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

That turned out so GREAT! I love the colors and the print!

I'm a new follower, and would love for you to stop by craftsandsutch.blogspot.com to take a peek at what I've been up to.

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Erin :)

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Hey Suzanne, great job!Love the fabric!

Renee said...

I love this project so much! Would you care if I put a link to it on my blog?

Cindy said...

Wow, this is just gorgeous--It looks like it came from
a fancy interior design magazine--Bravo!!!
HUGS,
Cindy Adkins
www.recoveryartist.com

Jude said...

This looks so professional. I usually cut my fabric BIGGER, not smaller, but the edges seem to pop up over time. I'm going to do it your way next time -- thanks for the helpful tute!
Big "wave" from Cape Cod,
Jude at
dolcecapecod dot blogspot.com
Visiting from Reinvented

Rachel said...

Oooh, love it! There are a lot of lampshade makeovers out there, and this is one of my faves. :)

Quilt Hollow said...

It has been a bit since I've visited. :(
Your blog inspires me to come back time and time again...I'm sure glad I didn't miss this post! Love it!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is SO cute! I have a few lamps that could benefit. :)

Carolynn said...

Oh, that's so pretty. You're so incredibly creative & talented. If I did something like that, it would look like an elementary school project gone wrong. :oÞ

Chris and Sarah said...

This is a great idea for lampshades! I have found a bunch of tutorials for lampshades but they are quite a bit more involved than this one and I can't wait to try it on my new lamps!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

This is one of the prettiest lamp revamps I've seen. The fabric is gorgeous -- just perfect, and your tutorial is so easy to follow. LOVE IT!

Jill said...

This is so pretty! The fabric is the perfect compliment to the lamp base!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I'm your newest follower...I'm LOVING your blog. It's so amazing. Way to go girl!

Pamela Rosenberg said...

your lamp looks great. Thanks for the tutorial on the shade. I am part of an art group that puts on a sale twice a year. I would like to do some lamps for our next sale. I will paint up the bases and sometimes I paint the shades but this is an option that I haven't tried yet but am anxious to try.
Pam

Melissa said...

Thanks a million for showing how you did this. I have the same style shade and fabric picked and was hoping to do something similar in the next week or two whenever I get a chance. I wasn't sure how I was going to do it. Now I know!!

BTW you are right - the fabric does tie it all together very, very nicely.

Lisa said...

I am TOTALLY envious of all the fabric you possess! I never find fabric that pretty. That shade was meant for that lamp. Wow, I really love that fabric.

Яната said...

perfect! awesome colors! very nicely done!
Tanya

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Apparently I am going to comment on all of your posts tonight!

This is beautiful! I love the bottom and I love Amy Butler!!

Perfection!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I love it! I've been wanting to try this for so long. But couldn't work up the nerve. You made it sound ever so easy! Thanks!
Brenda

K-Sue said...

I agree with Brenda - you have made it look easy. Quick question - I just want to make sure: Do you just make a glue line around the top and bottom, so the fabric is not actual adhered around the middle? If so, it would be easier than trying to smooth out every little bubble, and it would make it easier to redo later.

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

So happy I found this post and your blog! You are so talented!

Dear Lillie said...

Great job! And I LOVE the fabric choice!

Chicona said...

I absolutely love your new lamp!!
If I may would you mind if I posted this tutorial on my blog www.alterinterior.com ?

Donna