Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Recovering an Old Lampshade

Last week I showed you my lamp revamp. I took a couple of 12-year-old lamps and gave them a makeover.  Can you tell which one is the before and which one is the after in the picture below? (Oh, if you want a new lamp or anything else…I’m giving away a $70 CSN gift card here.)

This week I’ll show you how to recover the lampshades. Yep, you can find this all over the internet. Except I make things easier…..for myself. Lots of people use a spray adhesive to cover the lampshade. Not me. That’s because I don’t have any. But I do have a glue gun. Love my hot glue gun I got on clearance over 10 years ago. 

Let’s do a quick how-to. Basic, simple, and I’ll try not to use too many words. (Can I actually do that?)

Step 1: Rip the old stuff off your lampshade, if possible.

Step 2: Get a big old sheet of paper to trace your lampshade.  I taped a couple of pieces together.  My engineering astounds me sometimes. I started at a seamed and rolled the lampshade as I traced it.

Step 3: You’ll get two curved lines and will have to draw in the straight lines to connect them.  That is, if you have a lampshade shaped like mine. 

Step 4: Lay out your pattern on your fabric. I used a sharpie and free handed around the pattern leaving about ¾ inch excess.

Step 5: I used fabric glue to make a seam. You’ll have one seam showing. Actually I did this on one lampshade and on the other I just hot glued a seam.

Step 6: Put the fabric up on the lampshade. I held it with clothespins. I ran a line of hot glue down the lampshade and put the raw edge on top of it. Then I put some hot glue on top of that and put the glued seam on top.

Step 7: I put hot glue on the inside of the lampshade and stuck that fabric to it. I did the bottom first and then the top.

Tah-Dah! All finished.

You can see the difference between the gold brassy base below and the spray painted version.

Here are some places you can find how to recover a lampshade with different directions than mine:
E-How: How to Recover a Lampshade
Crafty Little Chick: Recovering A Lampshade Tutorial
Shanty 2 Chic: Recover a Lampshade
It's So Very Cheri: Lampshade Tutorial

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  1. Great makeover! I love the shade fabric!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, too! :)

  2. serious cuteness. i love the fabric you chose.

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  3. I love the fabric you used for your shade re-do! It's great and looks wonderful atop the white floor lamp!

  4. Thank you for the kind comments!


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