Recovered Lampshade

** It's my 1 month blog anniversary!!! **

I can't believe I've never re-covered a lampshade before!
What fun! What thrills!  Laugh at me if you want, but seriously, I can buy any fabric I like love and some short time later have a "new" lampshade in that pattern/color/designImagine the possibilities!!

My first recovered lampshade is such a Beauty and the Beast story (well, if they were the same person... ummm... weird, nevermid.)
Meet The Beast.
$1.99 from the thrift store (and broken).
This poor thing scares the villagers, but I saw hoped it could be made beautiful.

1.  Tore off the accordion stuff around the shade

2.  Spray adhesive on fabric and shade
This fabric (½ yard only cost me $2!)

3.  Cover shade with fabric
I believe with a box shade (one with straight sides) it's easier.  Because this shade is flared and slightly cone-shaped, the pattern isn't even across it.  This was not a problem with this pattern, but for some patterns it would be.  So pick your shade shape or pattern with this in mind.  Thankfully, the spray adhesive is repositionable (I needed to reposition my small piece of fabric a few times to make it cover).

4.  Trim 
if needed, but leave an inch of fabric at the top and bottom.

5.  Cut slits along the edges

6.  Fold fabric over edge with hot glue
At this point I also hot glued the broken spokes to the shade rim.

The Beauty!
Ahhh.... I want a dozen of these made in a bunch of pretty fabrics so I can change them out whenever the mood strikes.
Oh, what about a shade to match a pretty tablecloth!  Since this only cost me $4, I can afford to make lots more!

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9 Responses
  1. Love this, so pretty!
    Did you add trim to the top and the bottom? Or is that just the folded over edges?

  2. Hi Elisa,
    Glad you stopped by!

    I did not add trim, I just folded over the fabric. Maybe I was lucky, but it's pretty even and looks terrific!

  3. What a great job! You definitely saw the potential. I love the material as well!

  4. Great job - your beast now looks great! It took me forever to recover a shade, too - it just seemed so intimidating! But it's really not that difficult, and the results are amazing.

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