Hello and hope your weekend was wonderful! We got to have lunch with a dear friend here on Wednesday, and it was sunny and warm, so we ventured out into the garden to check out what was still growing. Then Friday evening we had our sweet neighbors over for dinner of salad and a variety of homemade pizzas–they were so good, and the conversation was interesting as always!
Today I have a quick and easy lampshade project for you. Earlier this summer I shared a lampshade that I made out of a Dollar Tree wastebasket, which I spray-painted antique gold and beaded, and it now lives on my makeup vanity in the bedroom. I needed another lampshade for the bedside table, and I wanted it to go with the beaded lampshade as well as the colors that are in the wallpaper and furniture. I already had a plain white lampshade, and some ribbon I got from Dollar Store, which was one of the inspiration colors for my Seaglass and Sunshine summer mantel, so I decided to reuse this ribbon.
The supplies you’ll need are:
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- paper towels
The tutorial is this: I simply cut strips of the turquoise ribbon to fit over the front of the lampshade and overlap a little bit on the inside of the shade, and then hot-glued it to the inside of the shade. (Easy, isn’t it?:) I had to angle the ribbon a bit as I placed each piece to fit the curvature of the lampshade, and this I just eyeballed as I glued each piece of ribbon on. To make the inside appear more finished, I used a contrasting grey grosgrain ribbon I had on hand, also from Dollar Tree, and hot-glued it along the inside top and bottom edges of the shade to cover the cut ribbon edges. You will want some paper towels handy to wipe your fingertips as you work, so you don’t get glue all over the silky ribbon.
The whole project took about 30 minutes to complete.
The lamp base was one that I’ve had for years, and I just spray-painted it antique gold to match the hardware color on my makeup vanity, as well as the heavy gold glazing I did on the bedside tables. I like the shape of it, and also the size of it, because I wanted something smaller than my old one, which hogged up a bunch of tabletop space.
I took it into the bedroom to see how it looked, and after looking at it for quite a while in various lighting throughout the course of the day, I decided that it really wasn’t exactly the right hue. Turquoise is a pretty difficult color to match, I’ve discovered over time and several projects, but this lampshade was just a skosh off in the color that I had in mind.
On to Plan B.
I happened to wander through our local antiques store around this time, and noticed that one of the vendors had a great assortment of antique-looking ribbons for sale. I found some beautiful ribbon, this time in a darker turquoise and covered in wonderful ribbon rosettes. This was $9 a yard, so I only got one yard, and then followed the same instructions of cutting and gluing that I did for the first lampshade cover. I ran out of ribbon for the back of the shade, so I went down to the store again, and they had some beautiful gold and bronze ribbons that were less than a dollar a yard, so I got a yard of each and finished out the back of the shade with those.
I think it turned out really unique and vintage looking, and now the colors work well with the wallpaper and furniture! And look at how the color changes depending on the light–turquoise really is a multi-faceted color!
The back of this shade reminds me of the back of a fancy lady’s dress from the French Renaissance!
Jasmine the cat had to have her day in the sun as I worked on the pictures.
Have you covered your own lampshades before, or decorated your lampshades in a fun way? I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!
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