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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Recovering a Lamp Shade

Remember my childhood dresser redo? I mentioned that I've been redecorating our guest room and that is where the dresser is, but I also needed a lamp to provide some mood lighting to my guests. Today I want to share with you this cute lamp that I painted and recovered.

Don't get scared. If *I* can recover a lamp shade, so can you! I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but I love how it turned out. I'm hoping I can shed some light (pun intended) on the subject for you.

This is what the lamp started out looking like.

I taped off the electrical components of the lamp and gave it a nice spray with light yellow paint.

I used the lamp shade to trace and make a pattern. I kind of rolled it as I traced. I didn't have a lot of fabric to work with, I was using a scrap that I found in the remnants bin at the store, that's why I decided to go with the making-the-pattern-approach.

This is what my pattern ended up looking like. Depending on your lamp shade, yours will look different. My pattern is for 2 sides of my lamp, so I knew I would have to cut out 2 pieces of fabric using this pattern.

I cut out my fabric with a little help from Choco. (She has a habit of always making herself comfortable on the exact area of fabric I need to work with. She is too cute to kick off.)

Use some spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the old lamp shade.

Remember how I was working with a small amount of fabric? Because I had 2 pieces of fabric, I had to seam up my edges, but it was easy, I just folded the ends under to finish them off and used the spray adhesive.

The top and bottom are going to have all kinds of crazy fly-away fabric. This is ok. I will show you how to finish it off.

Trim the excess fabric.

Now use bias tape and hot glue it around the edges to finish it off.

Smooth it down and make sure it stays put!

It was really pretty easy!

I have a few more finishing touches to put on the guest room and then I will let you see it! I am also still working on a spray booth tutorial. Good things come to those who wait...

I will link to these parties this week. How fun!


  1. I am in the process of re-doing my guest room also! It's been so much fun! So far yours is off to a great start...love the lamp!!

  2. I love the fabric you chose, it looks great!

  3. Thanks for showing me what I did wrong! My lampshade looks pitiful, but yours looks awesome!

  4. Great instruction and how beautifully your shade turned out. Dropping by from Show and Tell Friday. Please come by and visit with me anytime.

  5. wow!! great project!! it looks perfect! I love that fabric pattern!!

  6. Love the bias tape tip! I recovered one (before I saw this tutorial and hot glued the edges under and once you turned on the lamp you could see all of my uneven edges under the lampshade. I was so sad cause it looked so pretty until I turned it on! Now I have a better way for next time! Thanks!

    Stopping by from Shabby Creek Cottage


  7. I have a shade I really want to refinish so this is a great post for me! Turned out really nice, thanks! I hope you will come show this off at my VIP Party today. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

  8. Ah, maybe I CAN do it! ;) I have a lampshade with a huge crack in it and I don't want to buy a new one. This would be a great solution! I love the fabric!

  9. Why do I feel like this post was JUST FOR ME?! Thanks for the tutorial. I had decided I could only handle barrel shaped shades, but after reading this, maybe I'll try again!!! :) Love the fabric you used btw!

    Stopping in from Kammy's Korner where there are tons of before and afters - even a few lamps (that actually turned out!)

  10. The lamp looks wonderful! and your tutorial is brilliant too!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. Your blog is super fun and I love your lampshade makeover. I am trying to get the guts to attempt this for my dining room lamps that are starting to look dated. Thanks for the inspiration! I am a new follower and would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/14/blog-party-3/

    I look forward to blogging with you!

  12. What a fun project. Looks good too.

  13. thanks for the tutorial lamp looks great xxx

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