Thank you so much for all your kind words on yesterday’s dining room reveal! Today I wanted to share a super simple DIY I did for the console lamps. I’m a big fan of a statement lamp shade – it can instantly take even the most standard, off the shelf lamp to another level (as you’re about to see!)
I knew I wanted a pair of lamps for the console but I didn’t want to weigh down this side of the room visually – so a clear glass lamp base was a must. I LOVE these demi john lamps from Furbish Studio but I could not swing $850 for lamps…that would literally have been almost 25% of the total budget for the room!
When I saw this lamp base at Target, I knew I could get pretty darn close to the inspiration for a fraction of the price. I had Lisa buy 2 of them.
I also had her purchase 2 of these lamp shades and ship them to my house.
And 1 yard of this fabric.
There are about 10,327 tutorials online on how to recover lamp shades with fabric so I’m not going to give you #10,328. I’ll just show you some quick photos of my process. If you need a tutorial though, this is a good video one.
The steps are pretty much always the same. I always take some wrapping paper and trace my lampshade to create a template. DON’T just cut a straight strip of fabric because a drum shade has a natural arc to it. This becomes clear once you trace the template. Then lay the template on your fabric and cut it out leaving 2-3″ extra. Once your fabric is cut out, I like to iron it. This is your one shot to get it nice and pressed. If there are creases once it’s on your shade, you’re out of luck.
Once my fabric is ironed, I spray the lampshade with a good spray adhesive (I like this one) and carefully roll my fabric onto it. This stuff is a little forgiving so you have a minute or so to position and reposition your fabric, working in sections to smooth it on. When you’re happy with the overall placement of the fabric, go back and trim the edges to about a 1/2″ of the edge of your shade. Use Fabritac to attach the edges.
I then like to go back over the edges and use a butter knife to tuck the raw fabric edge under the lampshade top to give it a nice finished look.
And done! Here are the finished shades (in my very messy kitchen…yikes!) They looked ok in that setting…not spectacular.
But once they got back to Lisa and were placed on the bases, they looked pretty darn good.
Not bad for $133 vs. $850 right?