Happy Thursday everyone! It’s a dreary, wet day here in Wichita, and today I’m spending it getting my haircut and of course painting.
Do you remember a while back I showed you the ruffled lamp shade I did? Well, I came across another naked lamp, and I decided to give this baby a facelift!
Here is the before: my three dollar thrift store lamp
This method is a bit faster than the other shade, and the design is different. First of all, I decided to paint the lamp. I cleaned her up quite a bit (if you don’t get all of the dirt and grime off of a piece, the paint won’t stick).
Next I picked-up a canvas drop cloth at Lowe’s. I started cutting them into 1.5 to 2 inch-wide strips.
Then I took them all and ironed them to give them a fold, right down the middle.
I then started hot gluing the strips onto the naked shade.
I glued them on in every direction. And guys, there’s no wrong way to do this. You just want them to butt up against each other, so you don’t see the underlying shade.
Once one was on, I would open it up. I didn’t open all of them, I just wanted to give it some texture.
Just glue them on randomly. This takes awhile.
Once I got them all on, I went around and fluffed. I glued down pieces that were sticking up, and glued pieces together so the shade wouldn’t show.
Here is what it looks like when it’s all finished!
Ruffled Lamp Shade
Hi Shanna! Awesome tutorial. Apparently I am visually impaired when it comes to deciphering this stuff in photos. I have bookmarked this page and I am going to print it out later and set it right next to me when I do this!!!! I have been buying lots of drop cloths as I am doing drapes and slipcovers [so that my furniture matches the to die for area rug and new couch I bought].
I saw a lamp on Joss & Main this week for about $270 on sale! The shade looked like star fish but for the life of me I just couldn’t get the picture to be sharp enough for me to figure it out.
Thanks so much for sharing this and offering extra detail. Oh, and that bit about keeping the pictures close when I do it. No threat to you, it will never look that good 🙂
Oh Patti-Ann, if I can do it I know that you can too! Good luck!
Nana Diana says
Wow- Did that turn out cute- and a completely different way of doing it. GREAT job! xo Diana
Thanks Diana! I hope you have a great week!
Amy @ StowandTellU says
Shanna, I LOVE this!! Great tutorial and Wow, how easy this looks to do but it turns out so elegantly. I have a few lamp shades to re-do, now I think I know how I’ll be doing them:) Pinning
Thank you my friend!
This is brilliant, sooooo beautiful, original and creative….I am afraid to try it….but forging ahead. Thank you for this!!
Kathy Sicuranza says
I see this is from like 2013, where have I been (under a rock I guess). Anyway your lamp shade is just gorgeous and I am so doing this. Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant idea. I must visit your site daily now to see what you are up to next!
Awww! Thanks so much Kathy! It was time consuming but it did turn out pretty in the end!
Awww! Thanks so much Kathy! It was a little time consuming but it turned out pretty in the end! Hope you’re having a great week!
This is what i’ve Been looking for, but didn’t know it. Humm, that doesn’t make sense. I have been wanting to change my shade but didn’t know what I wanted. This is perfect!! Thanks
Zandra Day says
Hi- saw this thought it looked great- I can only get finished pictures – can’t get the ones in between. But I have old lamp with dirty shade and am going to try to do it