Made With a Shade
You need light but you don't need that tired, outdated lamp. On
the other hand, why shell out money for a new one? Here are some
easy lamp shade renovation ideas that will shed light on your
dilemma, as recently revealed in Better Homes and Gardens
Give your old lamp a new lease on life by replacing the shade
with a new, self-adhesive lamp shade, covered with a material and
design of your own choosing. Available at fabric stores, they
come in several sizes and are easy to use. When you're ready to
cover the shade, you can select from wall coverings, fabrics or
even decorative papers for the right pattern or design to suit
your room's decorating theme.
When selecting a covering, remember to consider the geometry of
the lamp shade--it's curved and larger at the bottom. Flat
patterns won't match at the back, nor will a pattern that has a
right-side-up. You're better off going with a smaller geometric
design or a mini-print.
Covering the shade is a snap. Remove the peel-off protective
wrapper but don't throw it away! You'll use the wrapper as your
cutting pattern. Trace the pattern on the reverse side of your
material and add one inch all around. Carefully press the paper
to the shade. There's no need for glue until you get to seams.
At the back seam, turn the edges under and glue with fabric glue
or hot glue. Bend the top edge to the inside and glue.
Another technique we suggest, short of replacing the shade, is
adding decorative touches to your existing one. Hang tassels
from the top. Or for a southwestern look, weave a strip of
rawhide around the top and bottom edges. Fabric stores have
metal buttons or other decorations to complete your motif.