4/24/10

My little lunchtime lampshade DIY makeover (cost $0)

I'm so excited about this simple, quick little project I did yesterday! I've been thinking about it for a week, trying to figure out what to do with that lampshade I mentioned last week. Here it is:

BEFORE

I got the lamp last weekend on my thrift store trip, but I've had the lampshade for quite a while. After I put it on the lamp, I felt like it needed a little sumpin' sumpin'. So, I thought about putting some little sparkly, dangly things on the bottom edge, but I've done that to some other lamps, and I wanted to do something different to this shade. And then I thought . . . pillow cases! Yes, pillow cases! I have some older, unmatched pillow cases that have some fun prints on them, and my mom will probably recognize the one I used (hi, mom), and I thought it would be great to cut a swatch off of one of them and cover the lampshade with it! I think my husband was skeptical. But, I had vision!

So, yesterday, I picked out the one I wanted to use, and on my lunch break, I got to work.


I first cut along the seems of the pillow case, to open it up and figure out which part of the pattern I wanted to use on the shade. Then, I did some rough guestimating and cut out enough cloth to cover the shade and pulled out my handy, dandy spray adhesive, and my hot glue gun. I just let the glue gun heat up while I was adhering the fabric to the shade.


I sprayed small sections of the shade with the adhesive and smoothed the pillow case fabric onto the wet parts, being careful to smooth out the wrinkles as I went. Oh, and it was important for me to match up the shade's existing seem with the new seem I was creating. I simply folded the last bit of fabric under to make the new seem, and sprayed it well with the adhesive.


I used my hot glue gun to hold the extra fabric to the inside of the lamp shade, like so . . .


And, here's the shade when I was done. Now to see what it looks like on my new lamp!


Drum roll, please . . .

AFTER

Isn't it the brightest, cheeriest little thing? I love it! Oh, and I already had all of the supplies for this project, so the total cost was $0 . . . yep, FREE! And the time I invested? 30 minutes. I'm just sayin' . . .


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19 comments:

care-in said...

That's perfect!!

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

Love it! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

Ok, that's just darling.

I have old Snoopy sheets....I don't think I'd get quite the lovely effect you did. ; )

Sherry said...

That looks great. I hadn't heard of that Craft Bond. Nice redo!

Chris said...

This fun project caught my eye. Glad to know how to do this...thanks for sharing!

Kaysi said...

super super cute!!

pamela said...

This is really pretty and looks doable. I'm inspired. Thanks for sharing.
Pamela

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely delightful! so sweet and charming! ...and I love the "I'm just saying..."! My college daughter says that at the end of everything and it's the name of her blog. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same! I'm just saying...

Lindsey said...

LOVE it! What a great job you did, and who would have thought that pillowcase would look so good on a lampshade. Great inspiration!

I'm linking this up to my Monday Creative Moms linky here:

http://kindredspiritmommy.com

Corinna said...

OMG this is absolutely darling! Why didn't *I* think of that? :) I adore that pillowcase. It's funny, I have this lamp that I got at Hobby Lobby and love it except for the black shade because it's n a room full of light blue and white. I'm gonna go searching for an appropriate pillowcase now! :)

Corinna
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Gabrielle @ i.craft said...

LOVE love LoVe this, great job!!!!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Wonderful! I actually have a lampshade in need of "sumpin' sumpin'"... the problem is that it's textured. Do you think the Craft Bond would work on a textured surface?

Leslie said...

Thank you all for the great comments. This was a super easy project.

Lori, you're probably right. I would advise against the Snoopy sheets. :o)

Pati Thanks! I'm not sure that I would recommend it for a textured shade. You have to be quick with Craft Bond, and unless you're really good at that kind of stuff (you may be!), I wouldn't think it would work all that well. What kind of texture are you working with?

Suzanne said...

That shade is genius! Absolutely beautiful!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

That is simply lovely--what a great reuse! Thanks so much for linking up!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Fabulous transformation {the fabric is stunning} Would love to have you stop by The Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance! This turned out wonderful - great job!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love your lamp shade redo!
The fabric is stunning! I did one using a tablecloth because I liked the fabric. Stop by to see what I did with mine!
Debbie

Kendall said...

That new shade is just delightful. Makes me smile! Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday.

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

I never would have thought about using a pillowcase! So darling - I included it in my post today on decorating lampshades.

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