Lampshade makeover

This has been a project a long time in the making. I was so thrilled when I found my beloved Pottery Barn-esque chandelier at IKEA for 35 bucks. It didn't come with shades, but that was okay, because I would keep an eye out for the *perfect* ones. I didn't know exactly what I was looking for, but I would when I saw them.

That was 5 years ago.

And here we are. I still have my "temporary" cream colored clip-on shades I got at Michael's on clearance. Ugh. Thankfully, after a post from Nester about her fabulous thrifting finds, I was inspired. She got her perfect ones for less than $1. Some girls have all the luck...

Inspiration? Check.
Here's what I did...

First, I had to figure out the exact size and shape of the shades for a pattern. This was harder for me than it looked, since it involved, like, math and stuff. I think I needed a protractor or graphing calculator or something. I never was much good at math. Anyway...

Much swearing and frustration later, I decided to "build" a pattern. I used what I had handy, the Ace sale paper, of course. I cut it into strips and taped it around the shade until I could peel it off and make it into a pattern. This was tedious and a huge pain in the butt. Don't follow this step. There's definitely a better way.

Next time, I will save the paper wrapper!

Then I Modpodged the crap out of it. The Modpodge kind of works like Fraycheck, so the raw edges are okay.

Now this is where I got impatient and quit. I had to see what they looked like, so I put them up. I think I'll still put grosgrain ribbon or some other trim along the edges, but for now, they're totally fine. And who can see the details up there anyway??

I love the way they turned out and how my dining room looks now!


  1. Oh those lamp shades look positively gorgeous!! Have a wonderful week!

  2. You did a great job! I love the way it turned out.

  3. Hey Cheryl! Love the lamp shades!!! Great job.


  4. Very cute and very creative! Stopping by from SITS!

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  5. You did such a great job!! They are way cute!! Stopping by from sits!

  6. Hello. Just checking out new blogs and I really like yours. Feel free to come check out mine if you'd like. I really love how those lamp shades look too. That really does look really great.

  7. what a great idea, i never thought to make a template. i am always hesitant to cover shades because of the awful shape!

  8. sooo cute! love your design style! i think i'll follow you!

  9. Those look great! I have that same chandelier and am needing to make shades for it...just haven't found the right fabric yet. I have covered shades before but I used spray adhesive. I'm going to have to check out this Modpodge stuff because I have heard about it but never used it...and everybody uses it....and now I'm feeling left out... haha!

  10. Popping over from SITS...I love the way that turned out! The paint color on your wall is great too! Cute blog.

  11. Coming over from Kimba's party...those are too cute!

  12. I have the same light fixture, and mine doesn't look nearly as fabulous! Time for a little lampshade lovin'!
    Visiting from ASPTL.

  13. I love how it turned out, too! I agree, you can't see closely up there anyway. The edges are find :)

  14. What a great little project It looks totally french country now. I love it.


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