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


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

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

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

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


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