During my same Goodwill Dollar Day excursion last week, I picked up this fantastic lamp, marked $18.99 for one little eensy weensy dollar. (Squeal!!) The harp with a great brass finial to match the brasswork on the lamp was also a dollar, and the shade also a dollar. Get out your calculators! With the fabric, paint, and ribbon already on hand, that brings the total for this project to a whopping $3. Shut up!! I know!!! Here’s her beginnings (I almost forgot to take the before pic! You’ll notice I had already started pulling off the bottom trim):
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Check out that to-die-for brasswork on the base!! LOVE! I gave the glass on the base a coat of semi-gloss white, but what makes this project so unique is the shade. (Now, I may or may not have designed the shade to tempt a certain cousin of mine who now owns the Springy Chair and Endtable. It may just be that I have a ton of this fabric still and thinks it’s fabulous. The world may never know…) Here’s the beaut now:
Another up-close look at that brasswork… GORGE!!! (tm Thrifty Decor Chick) In case any of you are wondering how I did that shade, here a mini tutorial: First take all the fabric and trim off the shade, leaving just the metal skeleton.
Then I spray painted the metal frame white. I cut rectangles of fabric the same size as the sections of the frame of the shade. Then sewed 1/2 inch hem along each edge, so the finished panels float in the middle of each section of shade. With an exacto knife, I cut small little slits at each of the four corners of each rectangle to feed the ribbon through. For each section of the shade, I began by tying the ribbon on to the top of the frame, then I threaded the ribbon through the small slit at the corner, wrapped the ribbon around the top of the frame a few times before threading the ribbon back through the hole at the opposite corner and tying the ribbon again to the top of the frame.
Repeat this process for the bottom of the section, and you end up with your finished section of shade looking like so: Make sure you singe the cut ends of your ribbon with a lighter so they don’t unravel. Repeat this process for each section of the shade, and you finish up looking like this (tah dah!!):
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