a pretty cool life.: Lampshade makeover

Monday, July 6, 2009

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!


19 comments:

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

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

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


    Amanda

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  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!

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  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.

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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

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  13. such ingenuity, good for you! ;)

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

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  15. SO cute! I pink puffy heart gingham!

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

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  17. Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. Thank you for sharing great information to us.
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