How to Recover a Lamp Shade #2 ~ Neutrals & Pom Poms

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Let’s begin this post by saying that this lamp shade and lamp base are not meant to go together.

I feel much better.

I’ve put off writing this post because I have this darling new lamp shade tutorial to share with you but no lamp base. My first intention was to paint over this one and then I thought maybe I’d buy a new one. Neither one has happened.

Since this lampshade is for Karianne’s room and her room is still a work in progress, we’re forgoing the final reveal for the sake of the Tutorial!

How to Recover a Lamp Shade 

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In it’s former life this lamp shade was a lovely addition a little girl’s bedroom filled with pinks and greens and yellows and turquoise.

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It’s color scheme has run it’s course but the shade itself was still quite useful.

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This time around we’re bringing in the neutrals.
The fabric is a remnant. The pom pom fringe is from Michael’s and the burlap trim is from Hobby Lobby.

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After removing the old trim I taped a few pieces of notebook paper together to make my pattern. Visit the post How to Recover Chandelier Shades to see more details of the pattern making process.

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After I made the pattern and cut my fabric I tried it on the lampshade to make sure I liked the way it fit.

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I measured the length of the lampshade, turned under a hem and pressed it in place.

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Here you can see the hem along the upper edge of the lampshade, the hem along the lower edge and the vertical seam for overlapping the fabric in the back of the shade.

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Once I knew I liked the way the fabric fit the shade, I trimmed the hems to about 3/8″.

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At this point I used spray glue to attach the fabric to the shade making sure I placed the “seam” of my fabric close to the existing seam of the shade and smoothing out the wrinkles as I wrapped the fabric around the shade.

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I folded the hems over my seam for a more finished edge. This is the upper edge.

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And here you can see the lower edge. I didn’t get my fabric seam quite as close the shade seam as I would have liked but that’s okay.

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At this point I used hot glue to secure the hems along the upper and lower edge of the shade. I didn’t glue around the entire hem maybe 6 or 7 spots around the shade.

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Here you can see where I allowed the lower hem to be just about 1/8″ longer than my shade. I didn’t want the green to show.

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Next I used hot glue to apply the burlap trim approximately 1″ from the lower edge of the shade. I then glued the pom poms in place over the burlap trim.

This method of recovering a lamp shade is basically making a simple slipcover for it. Really quite easy with no sewing whatsoever!

Lamp Base Makeover

I painted this lamp years ago during my Makenzie-Childs phase. This lamp has sat on a little table in the hallway as you head towards our laundry room.  But you know me…always ready for a change.

Now to decide on a base for this shade.

Should I repaint this one or purchase something new and different to go with the shade? Maybe a crystal base…or a metal one? Rusty metal? What would you do?

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11 Responses to How to Recover a Lamp Shade #2 ~ Neutrals & Pom Poms

  1. The shade turned out great, Sonya! I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to recover the old shades from my master bedroom {such a weird shape}. I love the lamp base and was wondering if you painted it. : )

  2. Cynthia says:

    Sonya this shade is so pretty. I love the use of the burlap and the trim adds so much. I think you should splurge and get a rusty lamp base. I think they would go great together or maybe even and aged ivory would be great. Thanks for the tutorial, I will pin it for John, LOL, he has steady hands.


  3. martina says:

    Very pretty Sonya!! I have two scone lampshades that I want to cover in buffalo check but I’m afraid I’m going to ruin them and they’re a funny size so I just can’t run out and get more.

  4. You always find the prettiest trims- the updated shade looks great. I would probably try repainting the current base; then, if it doesn’t work out, you can always buy another. I have no idea what color to paint the base, though- you’re on your own there. :)

  5. Stacey says:

    The shade is beautiful and so current. Now about that lamp, don’t paint it! I love it.

  6. Judy says:

    I’d opt for what wouldn’t be expected to go together…….like a crystal lamp base! Appreciate these tips for re-doing a shade. Shades are expensive and it is great to know that one can re-do one with a little patience. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is just very clever! I am bookmarking these instructions for later.

  8. Heather says:

    I have wrecked so many shades trying to recover them. Your instructions are great! I’m going to use your instructions to give it one more try. Thanks for the great tutorial! The shade looks beautiful!

  9. What a professional looking job…I would have never guessed that the shade had been recovered. I adore that pom pom trim. Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!

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  11. Judy Pimperl says:

    That was a great, easy to follow tutorial. I would have been wrapping the fabric around and trying to cut it to fit without the paper pattern…thanks for sharing. I think I would paint that lamp white!