Recovered Lampshades

They was Ugly!

2-DSCN5219Usually I try to give you a shot of the after, then I show the before. With this project I thought I’d show you what I started with and get the embarrassment out of the way.

This shade is one of a pair that I have in my living room. It is old, discolored and the inside lining is cracked…and has been since we moved here 12 years ago. It’s mate actually looks worse. Hmm, with this miracle picture you really can’t see the yuck…and that’s just fine with me.

We live in a small town with pretty much no options for replacements. I finally got tired of turning the shades ‘just so’ to hide the bad sides, so I decided a makeover was in order.

1-DSCN5217I have a stash of linens (tablecloths, sheets…) that I had picked up at auctions and yard sales. I cut a white tablecloth and a white sheet into strips.

3-DSCN5223Stitched them together.

4-DSCN5227Glued an end to the inside of the shade.

5-DSCN5233Then wrapped the shade with the strips.

6-DSCN5306I ended with a piece of twine wrapped around the shade and tied in a knot to add a touch of embellishment.

:) I’m not so embarrassed anymore!

Enjoy!

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  1. This is so cute! I LOVE twine – I need to start using it more.

    Each week I host a link party at my site (www.easylivingmom.com) – it starts on Thursdays and goes all week. I would love it if you would be able to join and share this! Have a great day!

    -Angie

  2. It seems like we have all had lamp shades like that. I have a couple that needs work as well. Thanks for sharing your idea. It turned out great.Nice job!
    Bev

  3. I have some shades shaped like this that I’ve been looking for a way to recover. I love this idea. Do you have any idea how many yards of strips you used?

    • @Jen Y-I covered two lampshades using a tablecloth (sorry, I didn’t measure it) and a twin flat sheet. I mixed the strips just in case I ran short. Even with two lampshades I had fabric leftover. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how many yards that was.

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