Rose: DIY Lampshades

I haven’t been home for a weekend in a while, so I made this weekend count. I have an endless list of DIY projects to tackle, and one has been on my list for quite a while. Ever since I remodeled my bedroom, I’ve been wanting to jazz up some funky old lampshades. I’ve shopped around, but no stores quite had what I was looking for. Thanks to the brilliance of Pinterest, I found an online tutorial providing step-by-step instructions for making your own cloth lampshades. Voila!


These lampshades were in rough shape. I’m not sure what quite happened to them, but let’s just say I blame the cats. The trouble is that these lamps screw at the top, which is sort of uncommon now. I couldn’t buy a shade that fit, but I didn’t want to trash these either. See my dilemma?


After spending far too much time at Joann Fabrics, I decided upon a print that matched the decor of my bedroom. Sure, it looks like macroni, but the purple was perfect. I followed these instructions to a T and the end result looked something like this:


They weren’t perfect, but they were pretty darn close. Plus they only took about 30 minutes to prepare. I think they look perfect with the gray-yellow-purple scheme I’ve got going on …


What’s interesting is that they look quite different when the lights are turned on. I like it, but I must admit that I’m still getting used to it being a little dimmer at night.


Have you ever tried something like this? How did your results fare?


2 thoughts on “Rose: DIY Lampshades

  1. We did a lampshade makeover but instead of covering with fabric, we painted the whole thing black and then used foam stamps dipped in gold paint to make a print. At the time, the bedroom was a green/gold theme and the lamp base was a ceramic puma that I had inherited from my parents. The stamped motif just seemed to “fit”.
    We actually appreciated the dimmer light because this was an actual lamp that used full-sized bulbs, rather than a table lamp that uses the mini bulbs. So turning it on to read was no longer quite so jarring to the senses!

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