Monday, April 15, 2013

Cheap Lamp Shade Recover-No Skills Required

Hey Beginners-Let's recover a lamp shade with absolutely no skills and on the cheap.  

When was the last time you looked at the prices on lamp shades?  They are like crazy stupid expensive for what they are.  Tiny little metal pieces and some fabric for $10+ each!  Especially in the situation that there is really no good excuse for getting rid of an original shade.  It isn't broken but my love for that old shade is!!  

Before I sit down to write a tutorial post I work out the instructions in my head but there are times that I simply can't find the words.  You know like when you start talking with your hands a lot when the words get stuck in your brain and can't flow out of your mouth.  This is one of those posts!  Let's get to it.  

Materials Needed:
Glue gun and glue sticks
Lamp shade
Material-wall paper, fabric material
Straight pins
Mark to Guide When Making Pattern
First, make your pattern piece that you'll use to cut out your fabric cover up.  Start by making a mark on the top of your lamp shade and make a second mark on the exact opposite side.  These two marks will be your guide for a stopping and starting point.  Now do the same on the bottom of the shade.

On a big piece of butcher or tissue paper you will start to roll and trace the shape of the shade, starting at the first mark and ending at the second.  Roll the shade back to the starting point again and now trace the shape of the bottom of the shade.  You'll get two rainbow arcs which outline the shape of your lamp and now serves as your pattern piece.  
Shade Pattern Piece
Cut out your pattern.  With your fabric folded in half, place one end of your pattern piece on the fabric fold like this. Pay attention if you have a patterned piece of fabric.  The small inner arch is the top of your shade and the larger arch is the bottom of your shade.  Before you cut the fabric, either chalk in or make a mental note to add an extra inch to both inner and outer arch.  This will be the extra material used to tack down the fabric to the inside of your lamp shade.  

With your lampshade right side up lay out the fabric and start to tack it down before you glue.  I used straight pins but you can use tape or whatever else you find handy around the house.  

Straight Pins

Eeeewww, Old Shade!

Tacked and Loaded
Do the same for the bottom of the shade.  

Tacky Bottom
Flip her over and check out how it looks.  

Shade in the Pinned Stage
Now comes the fun part.  Get your gun!  Hot glue gun of course.  My absolute favorite tools are hot glue gun, staple gun, spray paint and super glue.  What do they all have in common!  Hello laziness and instant gratification.  I can't won't quilt because I fear my A.D.D. will kick in and I'll never finish the quilt which goes against my task master nature.  I must check projects off my list.  MUST.

Small Line of Glue Along Inside of Shade
On the inside of the shade you will remove a pin and then run a thin line of glue.  This way the fabric will stay relatively in place as you work your way around the inside.  Be careful of the hot, hot glue.  You want your finger prints unless you are working as a super spy. 

I was working outside which is my ultimate space which explains the owl and gardening beds.  During the summer in the front of the house is heaven for me.  I get to watch all the people walk by as they go to the dog park.  Try to avoid making eye contact with my seriously crazy and deranged next door neighbor.  All good times in my extremely diverse neighborhood.  

There you have it.  All items gathered from your house, old lamp, hot glue and some fabric.  Think about fabric that you have stashed or an old t-shirt that you'd like to up cycle.  If you don't have enough material on hand check out Goodwill.  They always have donated material back by the blankets and curtains.  If you really want to splurge check out Fabric Depot's amazing selection of beautiful prints.  

Shady Love-Jessie


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