Not too long ago I repainted my desk lamp. Painting it made it a little more pleasing, but it wasn't the style I really wanted, nor the look; it was a temporary fix. Until today! I had found a wooden stick lamp at Goodwill for $3. Some "Italian Olive" spray paint and voila! Gorgeous green!
Add to that a little of the fabric leftover from this basket project and I love how it makes my desk prettier and little more inviting.
Here's what I did:
Laying my lampshade on a big piece of paper, I held the pencil close to the edge and rolled it around from seam to seam. This was tricky with holding a camera, too. Please excuse the shaky pic!
I then cut the shape out to use as my pattern - beforehand I was careful to make sure it fit all around the shade before I cut out the fabric. Gosh I love this fabric...I think it was $3 a yard at Wally World while they were putting all fabric on clearance - they don't carry fabric by the bolt anymore...boo! hiss!
I used a pencil on the wrong side of the fabric to make where to cut. I cut it exactly to fit the shade; I didn't want to tuck under the edges. (Make sure you don't cut it "upside down" if you have a one way design.)
I squeezed craft glue directly onto the shade and used a foam brush to spread it around in a thin film then just pressed the fabric to it and smoothed it out as I went. Yes, that is the world's ugliest ironing board cover...
Ideally, you want to match the seams so you only have one seam showing when your lamp is lit, instead of two. I did the best I could and gave it a little overlap as well. Imperfectly beautiful, you know! I sealed the edges with a small amount of craft glue to keep the fabric from ever fraying.
I LOVE IT.
Cost of the lamp: around $4 which includes the lamp, a small amount of spray paint, and shade and fabric that I already had. Plus, it only took me about 15 minutes. The colors in the fabric are green, terra cotta, purple, and gold - and look so good with everything else in there. I might add a little trim onto the edges, but I'm not making rash promises here. On to the next project!