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September 12, 2011

Tutorial: Recovering a Lampshade

Let’s face it–styles change and we do not all have the money to buy new home decor every time a new trend arises. That’s the beauty of DIY! In my own home, I like the main pieces to be neutral, and then I accessorize with color and trendy fabrics. Last night, we recovered a lampshade and photographed the process so you could share in the fun.

I bought this lampshade at Goodwill for about $3.00. It’s very outdated, but it doesn’t matter because it’s not going to stay that way. I was mainly concerned with the basic structure–a drum shade is a good base and has a more modern feel. I picked up the fabric at a “going out of business” sale for a buck.

I measured the circumference and the height, then added a couple inches to each side. I will say, it would be a lot easier if your shade is the same circumference all the way down. Mine was slightly flared and it took a little extra work.

Then, I cut the fabric according to the previous measurements.

We started by adding a little hot glue to the bottom edge and smoothing the fabric on. Make sure it is tight, because you don’t want your fabric to ripple. We did a little on the bottom, a little on the top, and back and forth. This job is much easier with two people. Also, it’s not a good idea to sit your hot glue gun down on your kitchen table. I definitely see sanding and re-painting in my future. : )

When you reach the point where the fabric overlaps, fold one edge under to create a folded edge and glue it over the raw edge of fabric.

Once the fabric was attached all the way around, fold the remaining fabric in half to create another folded edge, then glue to the inside of the shade.

Boom shaka laka.

I think it’s a happy little $4.00 makeover. And, so easy! Now, you can change your lampshades with the changing styles and your wallet won’t mind a bit! : )

Enjoying the Good Life,