Updating a Lamp Shade

There are so many fun projects going on in our guest room, but I am not ready to reveal the whole room to you mainly because it is not complete.  I love watching the progress of rooms come together, but this one I want to wait until it is together and then piece everything together for you.

One of the many things that needs to be taken care of in this room is the lighting.  Right now I have your standard boob light on the ceiling and while that works for now, it does not work for me.  I am waiting for a ceiling fan sale (because I cannot get a chandy for in there….wayyy too stuffy)

I have this lamp.  He is a lamp without a purpose.  I bought him from Target a few years back as a small desk lamp, no thrills, no frills.

IMG_7484Sexy, right?  Just look at that huge stain on the shade.  MMMMIMG_7485I didn’t want to see the lamp go because it worked perfectly fine, but my cheapo self did not want to fork money over for a new shade.  I did what every DIYer would do.  I said “Hey, I can do that myself!”

I went through my fabric stash and found some fabric I bought at IKEA a year or so ago that fit the colors of the room almost perfectly.  Supplies were gathered and demolition began.


 I used my xacto knife to tear the shade off and found it pretty easy to remove.  I kept as much of it together in case I needed it again for size reference.

Once I took the shade off, I used it to measure out how much fabric I needed and cut a little extra just in case.  Now that I cut what I needed, I pinned the fabric to the bottom metal piece.

IMG_7492Here is where I had my DUH moment.  The lamp shade did not hang DOWN from the light blub, it went up.  How was I supposed to make the fabric float in mid air to hold this together?  To the drawing board.

I went to the store and could not find any type of material to use.  Disgruntled, I went onto Hometalk to see what other people may have done.  I found a super cool tutorial on how to make a lamp shade (out of other materials) but the one thing she used to stand it up….wooden skewers!  Why didn’t I think of that????

I cut down my wooden skewers and hot glued them to the metal.

IMG_7493Worked like a charm!  I ended up using the hot glue to adhere the fabric to the metal mainly because it was easy.  It might not be as pretty as others lamp shades, but who is really inspecting?





Some of it is a little wrinkly because it was hard for me to pull as tightly as I wanted, but I think it is a nice pop of color.

Love it or hate it?

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  2 comments for “Updating a Lamp Shade

  1. May 9, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Very cute! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  2. May 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Love the pattern and color!

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