Monday, January 16, 2012

Lamp Makeover, Part 2 - the Reveal

I showed how I painted the base of this 1970's brass and marble lamp in a previous post.  This time I'm going to show you how I created the lamp shade.

This project was based upon this tutorial at Tatortots and Jello. Because it is such a great tutorial, I haven't posted a "step by step", but rather, just photos illustrating how my project is different.

The Tatortots and Jello tutorial uses burlap, and I wanted a finer fabric, so I chose bleached (white) muslin.

I also cut strips in a different widths, from 2.5 to 3.5 inches wide, to give a more varied appearance. After cutting the strips, I used my straight iron to "iron" the strips in half. (Hey, it worked!!)


I glued my strips straight up and down, but rather than doing the wavy pattern, I glued the piece down, and then I created a gathered effect by scrunching the fabric before the glue tried.  Because I have "fake" fingernails, I was able to do this without a tool, but it would be easy to do it with a Popsicle stick.


Because I used a bell shaped shade, I would end up on an angle at the bottom of the shade. I would fill this area by just adding ruffles to the bottom until I twas back into a straight line. 

About half way through, I ran out of glue . . . so I asked my sister if she had any. Here reply, yes. . . I have five different kinds. Of course she does! Crafting runs in our family.

I consider myself to be organized. I put my glue sticks in a container, and I label them . . . but these are my sisters . . . hers are labeled by size, and in different containers! My niece calls her the world's most organized hoarder . . . but I'm not complaining!


Here is the finished project! What do you think?







The Shabby Nest





4 comments:

  1. I think this looks great! I made one almost the same but I ruffled the pieces before attaching them. Your way looks easier!

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  2. Thank you, Sandy! I'm all about saving steps! Yours is probably far more evenly gathered than is mine!

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  3. You did a beautiful job!! I pinned so i can remember and do it for my lamps!! thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! On my way to check out your blog!

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