Take a look at your lamps, or any lamp for that matter. What initially jumps out at you? The lampshade, right? Well that’s what I noticed when I looked at my nightstand lamps. Unfortunately, they where just a boring, white, blah! So, I decided to give them a lampshade makeover.
As you can see, my lamp was kind of boring. I liked the lamp part well enough, but that stark white shade had to go. Just a tip – I almost always buy drum shades when I pick up a new lamp. The shape makes them the easiest to perform a makeover on later. So, let’s see how I did this alteration.
- Lampshade (of course)
- fabric glue
- paint brush
- ribbon for trim (optional)
- clips (not included in photo)
Iron out all wrinkles in the fabric prior to beginning.
Cut your fabric approximately 1 inch wider than the width of the shade and 1 inch longer than the circumference.
If your fabric is light weight, thin the glue until it has the consistency of wallpaper paste. (I use 3 parts glue to 1 part water) FYI: light weight fabric is best.
Using a brush, paint the glue on. Moving from side-to-side, cover about 6 inches around the circumference.
Attach the fabric to the the wet glue section, smoothing out all bubbles and wrinkle. Make certain that no wrinkling is left.
Continue working your way around the shade, glueing and smoothing the fabric as you go.
Once you have worked your way all the way around, fold under the extra length, creating a nice even fold. Place a bead of glue where the seam will attach.
Smooth the seam and clip down the end to hold in place. (I used document clips, but clothes pins would work as well.)
Allow to dry
Place a bead of glue along the top rim edge and along the inner rim edge.
Begin folding the fabric over and in. Clip in place as you work your way around the rim. (Note* make sure the fabric is trimmed prior to glueing to the rim, otherwise the excess fabric will show a shadow when the lamp is lit. —see the excess fabric that needs to be removed in this photo-).
Allow to dry thoroughly and then repeat the process on the bottom rim.
Optional – Add trim to top and bottom edges. I choose to not use the ribbon trim on my lampshade. However, trimming the top and bottom of the shade can give a more finished look. Feel free to embellish yours to suit your taste.
Once the shade is completely dry, place it back on the lamp and admire your work!
I think my lamps look so much better with this update. Just remember that the drum shades are the best when it comes to a lampshade makeover. Give it a try sometime!
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