Friday, April 19, 2013

Re-doing a lamp shade.

I received this lamp many, many, moons ago.
 It came from my grandma's house. My grandpa smoked then and got it by saving up coupons from cigarettes and sending off for it through the mail. That was in the late 20's early 30's. 
It sat in there living room then was moved into the den by grandma's chair. That's where I always remember seeing it.
When I first received it, it had an old white shade.
When I redid it I used a lot of red in my house, that's why I chose this color.
 It's been in storage for a long time but I thought I'd pull it out and redo it.
Here's the before. 

It's quite an odd lamp with the glass cover and surrounding sockets. It puts off a lot of light.
As you can see the shade frame just sits on the glass cover.
At this point, it's still the gold color.

Here is the bulb that fits in the glass cover.
Look at the size of this thing!
 I've placed it beside an ordinary bulb so you can see the difference.
 It came with the lamp.

Here the lamp has been sprayed with a bright silver.
It already looks better.

A close up.

The way I did the shade was to take strips of fabric that I had in my chosen colors,
and tied them together.
I tied the beginning end to the frame and just started wrapping and overlapping the fabric.
When I reached the end I tied it off to the frame again.
I wanted the knots to show because I thought it added to the homemade look.

Here are a couple of close-ups.

I think it turned out really well.
Hope you like it.

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace...

1 Corinthians 14:33


  1. I love the redo! You did such a good job--its nice and colorful now! :-)

  2. I'm in love! What a great lampshade for such a fabulous room.....
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  3. I always get so nervous when I see redone lampshades. I will never forget the time my sisters and I put a scarf on a lampshade and it started to smoke within minutes! Those bulbs get warm, though maybe today with the cfls they are less warm, and I worry that the fabric will smoke or melt or start a fire!!

    1. Thank you so much for your concern. The shade is not really close to the bulbs. I can see your concern after your experience. Thank you for your comment.

  4. I also redid a lampshade. I had a lot of neckties in a box which I got from a neighbor whose dad passed and didn't want to throw away. yes, she gave them to me. I started from the top with the narrow and the wide at the bottom it really turned out wonderful. anyone who see's it thinks I bought that shade in Europe, lol!

  5. Great redo!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

  6. What a great transformation - love the new look. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  7. This is so cute, what a great idea! I love how the wrapped strips add so much texture. It really kicks things up a notch from a plain old shade. ~ Have a lovely day!

  8. Heck yeah a fabulous NO-SEW project using neat fabric, I like it! It add character to a charming space!

  9. I love how this turned out! What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! Featuring you this week :)

  10. I'm loving this! Pinned and tweeted! I always love your creations, thanks for sharing this with us! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  11. You are sure creative ! :) thanks for sharing this one at Fabulous Friday Party a few weeks back..I saw the new one you shared and let me tell you it was amazing and I love anything Nature Related.


  12. Oh it's really adorable! You've done a wonderful job.

    Please drop by and say hello!
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    ...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!

  13. I've always wanted to do this! Both are so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing at #funtasticfriday !

  14. This turned out cute! I love the fabric you chose. Found you at the Fab Friday Link Party!

  15. You did a great job! It's so pretty and colorful. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!