Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lamp Revamp

 I've seen two ways to re-cover a lamp shade, with pleats and without pleats. They are equally simple, but for this particular lamp, I chose pleats. 

Here's what to do:
Buy a lamp at a garage sale/ Thrift store/ you're mom's basement.
You get the drift.

 rip off the existing fabric on the shade.
This is SO easy to do, should take you about 1.5 seconds
 Now measure around the bottom of your lampshade
(mine was 47")
Then from bottom to top,
(mine was 11")
now cut your fabric to those measurements. Mine was 47 1/2 X 11. I added half inch to the bottom measurement so it would over lap.

Hot glue your fabric around the entire bottom of the lamp shade  

 now glue your fabric (where the two ends meet) up the side of the shade

 create a pleat in your fabric by pulling directly up from the bottom and folding over the excess fabric at the top, then glue it down. It's seriously not rocket science.
Just continue that until the entire shade is covered

 Iron the pleats so they lay a little smoother, but don't burn yourself.

 Add a trim. like bias tape, pom poms, or Rick Rack like me. I've even seen a feather boa as a trim.
Then you can spray paint your lamp base if you'd like, just be sure to tape off the cord :)
that's all folks, you're done. 

easy, Eh?


Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

How funny, I'm doing a lamp revamp today (And you're the only other person I've heard say REVAMP about something :D). I've got the base painted & distressed, and I'm about to go find some fabric to recover the lampshade. I'm hoping to be able to blog it in the next couple of days!

Love the lamp. Cute!

Michelle said...

You are so creative! I love how easy this is.

Cindy said...

That looks wonderful! I love it, now to find an old lamp...Thanks for your compliment on your blog, yours is very nice, too! I love blogs that inspire me.
Hugs, Cindy

Cindy said...

I just realized that I saw the ruched tutorial here on your blog! I made it and two of the girls in my girls club are making it as well. It makes a beautiful flower. I guess you saw the link to your blog on mine today, then. Good! It makes such a sweet flower.
Hugs, Cindy

Unknown said...

wow. this is cool. love love love the colors!

new follower,

Rebecca said...

What a fantastic lamp! Thanks for the tut!

Sew Many Mamas said...

Very cute! And you used one of my favorite lines of fabric!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Cool! It looks wonderful, thanks so much for the instructions!!

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...


Your shade turned out very nice. I love that fabric! I'm visiting for Fabric Tuesday. I'd love to have you come by for a visit.

Pink Sparkles for your day,
Stephanie ♥

Amanda said...

A great revamp! I love the fabric, and the pink ric rac is perfect, thanks for sharing!

Noble Vintage said...

so cute. love the paint color you chose and the fabric choice. From drab to fab! :) thanks for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures!

Unknown said...

Love all the colors. Even they thought they are primary colors they work great in this case. I love thepink scallop.

Tammy @ Type A said...

adorable, great job! thanks for sharing this at my party!

Heather- Extra Frosting Please said...

Fabulous! I have some shades I need to cover...

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely lampshade! Cute blog too! I'd be so happy if you would come link this up at my party.
Simply Creations Link Party

NICOLE said...

I am a new follower! I love your lamp! What color did you do the base? And what brand? I love the way it pops! So cute! :) Can't wait to read more!

Katherine said...

How cute! I love the color you painted the base and the fabric you chose. Thanks for linking up!

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

Love these re-dos! It turned out great!

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

That is one fine after!

Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back this week.