Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DIY Lamp Makeover

Do you remember the Goodwill lamp that I shared with you back in November?
(You can read about it here.)

Back then, I did a little make over to the base of the lamp,
but when the shade was lit, a few dent marks showed up .

I'm slowly working on my living room and decided that the shade needed a little TLC.
I've painted one of the walls seascape blue, and
I wanted to bring a little of this color to the other side of the living room.  So, off to
Jo Ann's Fabric I went looking for just the right fabric.

This is what I found.

I wasn't quite sure about the sparkles,but it was the 
  the right color and sheer enough for the light to shine through.

It will match the scrolls in the  art work I have for the room. 

This lampshade makeover was really quite simple.

 You need only a few things .....

1. fabric -
1/3 yard
(Measure the height and width of the shade and add 1/2 inch for 
fabric to be folded over at the top and bottom of the shade.)

2. Fabric Glue

3. Spray Craft Glue - I used Quilt Basting Spray
because that's what I had on hand.
It worked great since my fabric is very light weight.

4. Fabric Glue

5. Scissors 
Rotary Cutting Tool and Cutting Board.

I began by spraying the shade with the quilt basting spray.
I did this outside..... you need a well ventilated area. 

Take the fabric and place it onto the sticky lamp shade.

Wrap it around the shade... 
 smoothing out the wrinkles as you go.


Trim off the excess fabric on the top and bottom of the shade,
leaving 1/2 "  to fold over.

Fold the 1/2 " fabric over and secure it in place using the fabric glue.

Here's the finished product....costing me a mere $2.39 !

All lit up at night.

I love how the scroll work shows up at night.

What do you think of another one of my thrifty makeovers?

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  1. How cute! The lamp shade is darling...I love anything and everything with glitter! It looks so lovely at night with the light on...so beautiful!

  2. Joy your lamp turned out fabulous!! I love the scrolly sparkly fabric you choose- Such a pretty redo for a lamp!

    bee blessed

  3. I love the fabric you chose it's really pretty!
    You did a great job on it:)

  4. I love this!!! I also love how the scrolls light up! So cute!!!

  5. Your lamp turned out great and so did the pillows. I love making pillow slips, they make it so easy to change the look of a room.

  6. I LOVE the lamp, it's beautiful!

  7. I'm not normally a glitter fan but I love what you did here. It's perfect.



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