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Give New Life to a Lamp Shade


My little sister went back up to college yesterday, but before she left we did a bit of thrifting for her new apartment. Hands down, the best find was a perfect vintage yellow ginger jar at Goodwill for about $4. We used some of the fabric left over from this ottoman slipcover project to dress up an inexpensive and plain drum shade from Walmart. Then we glued cream bias tape along the top and bottom rims to cover up the unfinished edges of the fabric.

I love it and wish I had kept the lamp for myself!

PS The very talented Janell from Isabella and Max Rooms recently posted a super thorough tutorial on covering lamp shades with fabric. Check it out here.

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34 thoughts on “Give New Life to a Lamp Shade

  1. It's stunning, you did a great job! It will certainly brighten up the apartment. I am loving that bright yellow at the moment!
    :) Flick

  2. Looks great! Word to the wise- I tried painting stripes on a lampshade once. It looked fab when the light was off… but when you turned it on, it was AWFUL. The stripes changed from light blue to army green- eek! So I will stick with your fabric suggestions:)

  3. I keep wondering WHEN in the world you have time for all of your awesome projects and thrifting with 3 little ones?! I just had my first and can't even imagine!
    Love the lamp, and that dresser!

  4. I love the lamp! I love those fun little finds that become a favorite in a room. And yesterdays post reminded me that I have a beautiful set of spoons from my husbands grandmother that I should display. Very sorry about your grandmother.

  5. Thanks for posting this! I've been staring at an old lamp shade for the last few weeks, trying to decide what to do with it…paint it or cover it with fabric? I'm still on a hunt for fabric, but I think you have me convinced that is the way to go.

  6. Fantastic find and even better shade makeover! I have two silver lamps I bought at Target a million years ago that have been in a closet for a while. You've inspired me to bring them out and spruce them up.

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