Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lamp Redo


I am re-posting my lamp makeover project that was originally posted on Remodelaholic last week.  I apologize if you've already seen it!
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I recently took an old lamp from my Grandparents house.  When I saw it, I was pretty sure that I could put it too good use somewhere in my house.  I had it for a few weeks and decided that with a little work it could work really nicely in my guest room.
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When I found the lamp it looked like this:
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I loved the shape, but it definitely was old and dated.
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First, I spray painted the base with a few coats of Krylon 'Dover White' in a gloss finish.
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Then I got to work on recovering the shade.  Originally, I was planning on buying a new shade.  But the old shade was in great shape and I decided it would be easy to recover myself.
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To recover a shade, you will need fabric, seam binding and craft glue.
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The fabric I used is Better Homes & Gardens by Richloom Fabrics Group.  I bought it at Joanns and I looked for it online but I can't find it.
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I used trace paper to make a template for the fabric.  You could also use a large section of newspaper or even wrapping paper.  Just wrap the trace paper around the entire lamp shade, use a pencil to trace the outline of the shade, and cut out.  Once I had the template, I pinned it on to the fabric and cut out my fabric.  Make sure to leave an inch or two of extra fabric around each side.
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Next, I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the shade.  Spray adhesive is VERY sticky, so make sure you do it outside or in a garage!
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After using the spray adhesive, the shade looked like this:
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Trim the extra fabric so that about a 1/2" remains.  That will give you just enough to fold over and secure the edge. 
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Use craft glue or a hot glue gun to attach fabric to inside of shade.  I use Aleene's Original Tacky Glue.
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Where the two edges or fabric overlap, fold over and press one side to create a finished seam, and then glue down with craft glue.
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Here's how the edges looked:
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You could leave the edges like this, but I decided to add seam binding to both the top and bottom edges for a nice, finished look.  I used craft glue for this too.
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Here's the finished lamp in my guest room:
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46 comments:

Cap Creations said...

Your lamp is great! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I have a lamp that I need a shade for too.

Rebecca Watson said...

congrats!!! what a super cute lamp! I love it!!!

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chair up said...

Wow, your lamp looks wonderful, you've done such a nice job. Love the finial sticking out the top.
Angex

Cecily said...

Your lamp redo is GORGEOUS! And I love your blog name - my quilting fabric stash has at least that many shades of green. :)

Courtney said...

This looks great! I love the binding on the edges.

Jen said...

Absolutely love the redo! Looks so darn cute!
Looks easy enough for me to do....maybe!

Kim said...

Boy oh boy - I can't believe you saw the potential in that old lamp. It looks fantastic. Next time you do that, do a side by side photo so we can get the full effect ;). I scrolled back and forth because I couldn't believe my eyes. Thanks for linking.

Love the Decor! said...

I am drooling over that fabric you used!! Love it In from Kim's

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Super cute and great job! Love the silhouette against your wall.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Still love it! And, what stories it could share.

Christine said...

Great job, I love it!

michmashed said...

looks absolutely perfect in your room! what a wonderful way to keep your grandparents close to your heart!

Deb said...

That looks so good!!! The colors are so pretty!!! You did a such a great job!

Mama Thompson said...

Your lamp looks so great!...and I LOVE the fabric...I used it the other week to cover a bench:)

MommyMeagan said...

Great job! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial. I have a few shades I've been wanting to re-vamp. This helps so much.

Kelley said...

FAbulous! I have a lamp that needs an update and I kind of have been putting it off... I think I may tackle it this weekend.

Thanks so much.

Chris said...

Well done! The lampshade looks better than new. The fabric choice is great, as well. Thank you for sharing.

Sourkraut said...

Great step-by-step tutorial. I love your fabric choice and how fresh and new it looks now! Spotted you at Tatertots and Jello's link party.

Nikki said...

The seam binding is such a great finishing touch! It is beautiful.

Anne said...

That looks great! And I really love your bedding!

Chic Creations said...

That lamp is beautiful. Inspires me to re-do one. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

Super cute! I love the material. You should stop over to MyCraftieLife.blogspot.com and link up to Tuesday Tell All!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Looks fantastic!! I love the bias tape trim!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This turned out really nice, and it sounds so simple. I love the fabric you chose for the shade.

mom2ian said...

I live it. This post is one of the most useful things I've seen all week. I've been dying to redo my daughters lamp. Thanks.

Kristy said...

Love it

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Wow! This looks great - the fabric you used is perfect!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

What a good eye you have, seeing the potential in that lamp! It looks good in it's new white coat, and the shade is gorgeous, the fabric is PERFECT. Great instructions, thanks!

Natasha said...

This is so gorgeous-You are so clever! I have a lamp could do with a bit of a re-do so thanks for the idea!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

LindyLouMac said...

No problem seeing this again, thanks for your kind comments over on News From Italy. We have visitors at the moment and I am trying to keep up with blog reading :)

Hannah said...

WOW! This is awesome and it looks so easy! I'm a new follower via your gorgeous guest post at Finding Fabulous!

I would love if you would link up your tutorials on my brand-new Smarty Pants Blog of the Week - I'm giving out awards!!

www.peggyanndesign.com

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

This loves absolutely terrific. I had two old lamps with cool shades and I got rid of them before I knew I could be crafty and actually change things. Love the fabric!

Janell said...

I love the lamp and this room. I searched your blog, but I couldn't find any other posts using the phrase "guest room." Could you share more information on your guest bedding and wall color? I love them!

Mrs. DeVore said...

Love this lamp! I used the same exact fabric for a large wall art piece, you can see it here if you would like to...

http://www.dwellingsbydevore.com/2010/07/material-wall-art.html

I found the fabric online at Joanns because we don't have one near us...

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=xprd851057

Ashleigh said...

So adorable!!

Myra @ My Blessed Life said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I just shared this on my Tumblr! :)

Twigs and Twirls said...

Love the shade, I have 2 lamps with very odd shades that would be expensive to replace...the big decision now is what fabric to use. Thank you for the Tutorial

Katie said...

Ummm, when can I be a guest in this room? LOL, super FAB!

bet1975 said...

thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. i found a lamp yesterday at a thrift store for a buck! i can't wait to find some pretty fabric to dress it up!

bet1975 said...

thanks again for commenting! the shade was a bit difficult to recover. i had to make a template and then sew individual pieces of fabric together before attaching it, because the shape of the shade. : )

Amanda said...

I've put together a round up of pretty lamp projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
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Caro said...

Hello, this is beautiful! I'd love to know if you painted the cable as well? And if so, how do you make sure the paint doesn't ruin the wires' functionality?

My email is carolinabe82 at yahoo dot com

plant. eat. create. said...

Just came across your blog from AT. Great work!
-Laura

Kristina said...

Love it!

Heather said...

That is beautiful and amazing!!! http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com/

Kelly @ IdealistMom.com said...

I am like the OPPOSITE of crafty, so thank you for this detailed tutorial! I think even I could handle this one. :)

 

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