Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Light My World

I love my lamps.  It’s a fact.  I know I’ve blogged about it before.  But, like many of us, my colors have changed to a more neutral palette and my shades needed changing.  I FINALLY found the courage to try a more PROFESSIONAL approach to recovering my lamp shades after reading This Post from Sonya at Beyond The Screen Door.  She did a great post on recovering lamp shades.


Here is my first shade.  I sat it on a bowl to photograph.  It will be going to The Rink with a pretty turquoise lamp base.  As much as I hate it, I’ll be selling this one. 

But……I just had to recover one for myself, so I tore into this lamp shade of mine. 


I was fortunate when I removed the outer fabric and the lining remained intact.


The outer fabric came off in one piece.


I folded it in half and used it as my pattern for the new fabric.  A soft burlap look alike.  Unfortunately, there’s no pulling that trim off. I would have loved to reuse it.

Then I pinned my fabric to the old shade and adjusted my seam allowance as needed.    I sewed my seam down each side and basically made a lamp shade slip cover.  Then pulled it over the shade form like a tight old fashioned girdle!

Good and tiiighhhht…….


“are you sure that isn’t TOO tight”  ouch!

I turned the ends to the inside and glued seam binding on the inside for a pretty professional looking finish.


And here it is!

I finished it off with a cotton lace ruffle and lace trim from Hobby Lobby.


And here’s the before.  I’m bound and determined to save that trim somehow!

Thank you Sonya for your great tutorial.  I’m ready to redesign and redo all of the shades in the house!

I’m joining Savvy Southern Style HERE for Wow Us Wednesdays.  You can also find a direct link on my bottom left side bar.



  1. Your makeover looks wonderful, you could always use wonder under and iron a piece of new fabric that you liked on top of the old fabric down to the trim and then you would have your trim on a fabric you like ready for another shade or something. Just a thought:) Have a great week! Hugs Marilou

  2. The new shade cover looks fabulous

  3. Beautiful, Denise! I love it! The ruffle and the trim add such a nice touch, too. Have you tried using an iron to loosen up that other trim? I'm going to be trying that to remove trim I hot glued onto our kitchen/dining chairs. I'd love to save it, too, if I can, but I really just need to get the trim off the chairs!

  4. Very nice! Perhaps you could just cut the trim off?

  5. I LOVE it!! I love the burlap look/neutral look too. I have vbeen thinking the same thing for my lamps lately. lol

  6. I don't know if I'm as brave as you but I certainly have shades that I hate the color of.
    Great job Denise


  7. I absolutely love the picture of the lady in her girdle, like she really needed it. reminds me of my grandmother back in the 1950's in her girdle

    love the lamp

  8. Adorable lampshade! I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!!


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