Have you found a great lamp base with an ugly shade at a thrift store? I did, for ten bucks. The base is great, but the shade has seen better days.
One support was broken, leaving the shade lopsided. The bright teal, stained pleated fabric shade wasn’t doing it for me either.
So, I took the shade, er, matters into my own hands. We had a small scrap of canvas left over from sewing a drop cloth curtain for our laundry room. It was perfect. Neutral and free! I set to work on transforming the lampshade. While my iron was heating up, I ripped all the teal fabric off.
I measured the circumference and height of my shade and cut a piece of canvas slighty larger, keeping one finished edge of the dropcloth. Using iron on tape, I hemmed the edges to fit.
I clipped the extra fabric from the corners to cut bulk.
Now I was ready to start on the shade. To cover the shade, first I taped my unfinished edge in place.
Run a thin bead of hot glue between the edge of the lampshade and the fabric. Press down to secure.
When you reach the finished edge, hot glue in place. I was almost finished with my shade. I still had to fix the broken support. I dug a bamboo skewer out of the drawer and cut it to fit in the shade. Then, I added a dollop of hot glue to the shade to secure the skewer. Worked like a charm!
I popped the shade on the base and it looked like a million bucks. And we finally have a lamp for the basement bedroom.
Of course, there are tons of options to update a lampshade, like dye, ribbon or coffee filters, to name a few. Have you updated an old shade? Maybe you’ve transformed a thrift store lamp or two? We’d love to see your ideas, so share a link, too.
P.S. I turn a quarter of a century old today, maybe I’ll have some b-day goodies to share with you…