Friday, July 16, 2010

A Lamp Makeover

I'm ever so slowly ridding my house of all things from Mr. T's bachelor pad (okay, not that slowly...but it has been 7 years for heaven's sake).

This week...get some "new lamps" for the living room makeover.

Step 1:
get your lamp (you know...the one you have but hate)

step 2:
buy 15" Pottery Barn lamp shades at NPS for $8.

step 3:
spray paint the gold parts ORB and then to cover your big mess...spray paint the inside heirloom white (cause you have it all on hand:)

step 4:
(forgot to take pics of this process so try and follow along:)
Roll out some Christmas paper with the white facing up...lay your tapered drum shade on the paper and mark the middle at the top and bottom. as you roll your shade to the right and then to the left...trace along with a pencil.
Cut out the "pattern" and pin it to the wrong side of your fabric...then cut out your fabric.
(make sense?)

big hint: if you want the fabric to fold over the top of the shade...cut your pattern an inch bigger at the top and bottom...I am adding trim so I cut it to size.

step 5:
glue your start on the seam with fabric glue, then using a spray adhesive...spray a small section and roll the fabric over...make sure it lines up with the top and bottom and rub smooth.

step 6:
when you get back around to the start...
cut off the extra fabric and glue a hem and then glue your hem down.

step 7: be amazed that you just covered a tapered drum shade.

step 8:
hot glue on some trim.

step 9:
spray paint the base with your ORB.

remind yourself about the

step 10:
enjoy your "brand new" lamp!

Total cost:
base: previously owned
Shade: $8
Fabric: $2
Trim: $3
Spray paint: previously owned

Total cost: $13

Step 11: go spend the $33 dollars you saved by not buying one of these pottery barn shades!

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Jamie said...

I LOVE them!!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Love the new look! Definitely not a bachelor-pad lamp anymore :)

Wendy said...

Looks fabulous! And you just reminded me that I forgot to add "dress up lamp" to my list of things to work on. :)

Have a great weekend!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Look at you all fancy and crafty. Great work! New Friday follower in the house. Hope you'll come return the favor!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Kansas Amy said...

I like! Thanks for sharing!

LaKeta said...

This looks so classy! Nice redo...visiting from Just a Girl!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


barbara@hodge:podge said...

Amazing what a little fabric, trim and spray paint can do. Looks fantastic!

muralimanohar said...

That's awesome. :D My house could desperately use something like that.:D

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love redoing lamps. My hubs is a makeover snob, but I even fooled him with the ones in our bedroom :) Heh, doubt me? I think not!

Great makeover :)

RedHeadedStepChild said...

So cute! I had my doubts when I saw the lamp, but your version is fabulous! Love it!

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