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How To: Covering A Lampshade Made Simple!
I found an old lampshade at my parents house and as it was damaged, I got it! Woo! It took me so long to strip the fabric, I’m actually ashamed about how long it took me to do this shabby chic lampshade project but now I’m happy to teach you that covering a lampshade is easier than you actually thought. I absolutely love it!
Have you been wanting to upcycle an old lampshade and put it off for so long that you’re actually ashamed?! I am! I searched for so many ‘how to make a shabby chic lampshade‘ tutorials, or ‘easy lampshade covering‘. To be honest, I went in with blind hope and optimism that the curve in the lampshade wouldn’t cause any strange ripple effects in the fabric and I was wrong. Which is when I remembered about templates! And off I went. The process itself isn’t difficult, it just takes a little while but it is TOTALLY worth it!!
You Will Need
- Lamp Base (try NeedCraft, I used the June Lampbase)
- A lamp shade (try ebay or charity shops)
- Super Tacky Fabric Glue
- Sewing Pins
- Blue Rose Tulle Fabric (Not pictured here, purchased on Etsy a few years ago. I used about half a yard)
- Paint Brush
- Chalk Paint
- Dark Wax Cream by DecoArt
- Dark Wax
- Clear Wax
- Sand Paper
- Paint on the dark wax (I used deco art wax, it’s more like a cream)
- Then paint a few layers of white
I sanded once the white was dry as I find it’s easier to achieve the distressed look, as it gets through the layers of paint and not the bottom coat of cream wax. (Personal opinion)
- Time for another coat of brown wax! For the top layer of brown wax, I used Annie Sloan soft wax. The drying time for this wax is 24 hours.
- Then it’s time for clear wax. You can see in the image that it removes some of the brown wax. Another 24 hour wait.
The clear wax creates a really nice effect after you have rubbed some of the darkest parts of the wax off and let it settle in the nooks and crannies of the base.
- This template is essential! To make my template I took a piece of regular ruled paper and wrapped it around the shape formed that is formed by one of the sections of the lampshade. Press down/wrap the paper around the shape (to create creases in the paper).
- You can then just mark out the shape with a pen. I added a cm on out the outside and cut loosely around the template on paper.
- I then added another cm around the template I had cut, when cutting the fabric.
- Use sewing pins to attach the template to the fabric.
- I had to cut 8 sections for my particular lampshade.
- Get your piece of fabric and ensure that it lines up with the lamp base wires. Use your super tacky glue and be very generous on the wire pieces of the lampshade frame.
- Wrap your fabric around the wire, over the top and underneath. (You will find that some of your fabric will need to be trimmed, which is fine. Just trim it at the top.).
- Go all the way around until you’ve completed your shade! You can trim around the fabric shapes if you need to, it might help lining up items that have already been glued. I chose the tulle fabric because it is more forgiving with the tacky glue. Lining up fabric patterns would be a nightmare. I don’t have time for that. Well, I do but I’m impatient. After all the drying time with the base! Are you kidding me?!
This process took a little while as I allowed the glue to dry naturally. I could have used a hair dryer or heat gun to speed things up.
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I absolutely love fresh flowers and these tulips are just too pretty.
TA DAAAAAAAAAAH! It’s finished. It was a moderate DIY project. A lot of steps and drying time. Of course, you can just make the lampshade on it’s own.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY project!
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My dutiful assistant. Was the best assistant I could ask for. “Oh is this a peg?” *tap tap tap thunk* “oops. There’s a peg on the floor, you should prolly pick that up”
I absolutely love the vintage dress that I hang on the back of my door. I always wanted one as decoration so I managed to get a broken prom dress from the states on ebay for £20 total! Woo!!
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