Monday, May 16, 2011

Lamp Shade Redo

Oh goodness my friends!!  I know I haven't been around much lately.  The weather has been so nice I've been taking advantage of it and working in the yard.

I have mentioned before that I love gardening!  I'm new to it, but I really do love it!  So, I've been cleaning up the mess winter left behind, planting new things, moving old things, pulling weeds and just enjoying the sunshine. :)

I would like to apologize for leaving you all high and dry with no postings, but my soul needed the time outside. is project I've been meaning to show you for a couple weeks now!

I'm so thrilled with it! :)

Let's take a look back, shall we?

Do you remember how this table lamp on the left felt out of place with it's bright white drum shade?

Well, at first I figured I would buy a new shade because I was scared to mess this one up. 

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it would cost me much less to change up this shade than to buy a new one and then be stuck with a bright white shade I didn't need.

So, I mustered up some nerve and got some inspiration from all the fabulous lamps they sell at Hobby Lobby and headed to JoAnn's (with a coupon) for fabric and trim with all my new inspiration.

First, I cut the fabric.  Which is just a 1 yard piece of muslin.

Then I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the shade.

I trimmed up the fabric at this point and just hot glued on pre-bought trim to cover the rough edges.

Isn't that little velvet strip down the center fantastic?

My new lampshade fits in so much better with my darker overall look!! :)

AND...while I don't remember my exact price (isn't that so unlike me?)...the entire redo was under $10.

I think I would eventually like to change out the base too, to something 'chunkier', but we'll see what I can come up with on the cheap.

My living room is coming along.  This is how the room is currently looking.

Still working on the balancing out that shelf, those sconces and I can't wait to do redo that coffee table.  I think I may actually own a rug already that will work for this room (won't that be nice....FREE - one of my favorite words).  I'll be putting it down tomorrow to see if it works or not. :)


  1. Much better ! I also love gardening isnt it rewarding!?

  2. Looks great, nice job!

    I've done a few of my own, and it really is the BEST way to get exactly what you want for way less.

  3. Love it! I'm a sucker for trims and ribbons!

    Many Blessings,

  4. I love the ribbon on the lampshade. Fabulous redo!

  5. Great Redo! Sometimes the little changes can change a lot in the feel of the room. This was definitely a great change!

  6. It looks fantastic!! Great job...I love alraedy done trim. It rocks.

    Fancy Frugal Life

  7. Love the new shade! Your Living Room is really coming together quite beautifully. I am using your blog as inspiration for redoing my small, small home on a small, small budget! If you get a chance come check out my blog at:
    Become a follower and follow my transitions as well!!

  8. That looks fabulous, Erin! I'm so glad you got up the nerve to do it! Love the fabric choice and the trims you used. It really suits the room.

  9. This looks fantastic!

    Now Following!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  10. Love how your lamp turned out!!! Considering how much lampshades cost, you created something that would have a high dollar attached to it! You go gal!!!

  11. a definite improvement ~ great job!

    thanks so much for stopping by & leaving a comment on my gallery wall ~ i really appreciate it!

  12. Erin, that is a gorgeous lamp shade! What an amazing transformation, and I agree that the velvet is fantastic! The whole shade is inspired, AND this makeover just may prod me to finally take the risk and do something with a white lampshade I have! I have been going back and forth on it! :)

    I am looking forward to watching your living room makeover come together~ it is all looking beautiful so far! :)

    I hope you had a good weekend, and that your Monday goes well!


  13. I love that brown velvet trim you found. Adds so much more character to the shade now too. Looks great.

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