Friday, August 6, 2010

Project Day: Recovering Lamps
















I have decided to recover some lamps for my new store. I have done this before on smaller lamps but this time I am working with quite large ones. But the procedure is still the same. I am using plain white shades in cylinder form, which I find are easier to cover.
  • Grab some fabric [heavy patterned cotton is best I find].
  • You will also need: braid or trim, spray adhesive, a glue gun, dressmakers chalk, sharp scissors & a ruler.
  • Spread your fabric out on a long table. Place the lamp shade on the fabric. Starting at the seam inside the shade trace along the sides of it [ with dressmakers chalk] while rolling the shade along the fabric until you get back to the seam you started at.
  • Repeat for the other side of the shade. You should now have 2 lines running along the fabric.
  • Join the lines up with a ruler allowing a 2cm seam at one end [ iron it over to give you a neat finish when the ends match up]. Cut out the pattern. You should now have a piece of fabric that when wrapped around the shade fits fairly perfect!
  • In a well ventilated area generously spray your shade with the spray adhesive. You will also need to spray the cut out fabric piece. Wait a few minutes for the glue to become tacky.
  • Starting again at the seam on the shade, carefully attach the fabric and press out any air bubbles as you go. If you make a mistake you can peel it back off and start again. But work fairly quickly if you can.
  • Trim off any excess fabric around the edges of the shade with sharp scissors [being careful not to cut into the shade]. Allow glue to dry.
  • Using a hot glue gun attach your braiding or trim to the edges of your shade, again beginning at the seam and ending by folding a small seam at the end of the braid and gluing down securely.
As you can see I am getting carried away with all kinds of fabric and trim. Fun fun. Just like my upcoming weekend. Hope yours holds just as much adventure! Thanks for all your beautiful words this week. Simone xx

64 comments:

  1. Wow, I love the pattern w/the black running thru it...Gonna have to dig out my glue gun...

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  2. They look stunning Simone! Bright and cheerful and easy to do. Can't wait to see them in your store!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Pam

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  3. very nifty - the lamps look great. thank you for the pics xxox

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  4. Thanks for showing us how. I love yours.

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  5. Love these - You're so clever Simone. Have a lovely weekend.
    Carmel
    x

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  6. Just what I need right now, thanks. I love that you showed all the pictures first, then the instructions. I found that easier to follow for some reason.
    I have a couple of lamps to cover. Unfortunately they are tapered squares, gulp. This post gives me a place to start though.
    Angex

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  7. Thanks for the visit, your blog is wonderful!

    xx

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  8. Simone they look fabulous. Love the fabrics you have used.
    Alison

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  9. Looks great.
    Those prints are really cool!
    Have fun.

    Melinda

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  10. Oh how darling are they!! I love to recover lampshades. It's such an inexpensive thing to do but gives such a big look.

    xo
    LeAnn

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  11. The look great! Love the tutorial especially since it does not require a sewing machine! I have a lamp I am still trying to decide what to do with and your tutorial has given me a better idea.

    Thanks!

    ~ Tracy

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  12. Oooh what a great idea! I love what you have done! *Gorgeous*

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  13. Oh i love that blue fabric...looking forward to checking out your new store. all the best.

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  14. You are brilliant! I was just looking at a very cool vintage lamp in a thrift store and you have inspired me!

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  15. love the lamps!
    i will keep your thoughts in mind
    whenever i recover a lamp shade : )
    thanks for sharing!

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  16. Gorgeous lampshades. Looks so easy, think I might have to give it a go. Love the fabric.
    Have a lovely weekend Simone.
    Rebecca x

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  17. I did this a while back...it wasn't any where near as cute as yours! I need to give it another go! (pppsssttt...by the way, I would {{LOVE}} for you to join in my giveaway!!)

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  18. I love that fabric too, I'm going to cover a chair & make some cushions but now I think the lamp is going to get a make over too. X K

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  19. They look fabulous - you are one clever cookie! Have a lovely (though I'm sure busy) weekend!

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  20. super cool, simone!!!

    xo
    elyse

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  21. super cute lamps!! what a great idea

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  22. Hi Simone, Your lamps look fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  23. Hey...this is one thing I do! I have even used wallpaper! Love it. xoxoxo Happy weekend my friend. xoxo

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  24. i wondered how that was done!! i see so many cute lamp shades and i've tried and tried to make some cute covered ones myself and failed!! thanks for settin me straight!!!!! i appreciate your tutorial. good job and your shades look great too.
    take care
    sue

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  25. I adore this, I have been inspired and think I need to spruce up an old table lamp of mine!

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  26. Simone I love your blog! I live at the other side of the globe...southeast Asia. I am so inspired with your work and you fulfill the things I am not good at. You inspired me to create my own blog. More power and hope you can visit me sometime..
    http://40andbeyondbyirene.blogspot.com
    Irene

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  27. Great shades Simone! Love the fabric!!! In fact I read this at work today and thought...hey, I know that fabric!... Sitting beside me in my basket is my work apron that I made from the same Ikea fabric!! LoL!!!

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  28. They look STUNNING SImone....they shall be snapped up quick smart in your new shop..

    Exciting to the countdown to open day..

    xx andrea

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  29. this is a really good method- and I know I do about 20 a day! though we start from scratch, a good tip would be if you dont want to add trim you can fold over a neatly trimmed edge and use double side tape to stick it down then add a white bias binding over the top for a professional finish that hides any mess

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  30. morning....don't know where us gals- particularly one opening a ahem...vintage boutique- has the time to do so many other creative jobs- the lamps are lovely...i have made bunting & a wall hanging out of the blue fabric with the lovely pink flowers & cabins on it for my daughter...we just adore that fabric...
    hope all is going swimmingly on the shop front..
    have a lovely weekend...setting all your goodies up?
    melissa xx

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  31. I'm so glad there are creative people like you around! they are just lovely.

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  32. Greatness! Even your striped work table is decorated cute!

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  33. They turned out so great, Simone. Beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend xx

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  34. I like it too much. Thanks for the tutorial. Silvia (Argentina)

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  35. Great fabric, great lamps, there gonna look great in the shop Simone keep at it!!! :)))

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  36. The mark of an expert: you make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Hi there,

    I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it!! I also have a thing for lamps and breathing new life into them. Your tutorial is great and much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Karen

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  38. So super cute! love your fabric choices! : )

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  39. Those are wonderful!!! I love them!!!


    http://labellevie-jhr.blogspot.com/

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  40. hola simonne!!!!lovely lovely your homemade vintage lamps!!!very beautifull!!!! everybody is going to love them..!!one of that lamps in a room ... l can imagine ... how beautifull!!!!!muchos besos and very happy and inspiring weekend!!!!!

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  41. They look fantastic! thanks for the tips :)

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  42. I love these, Simone! And the prints are so you!
    Brenda

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  43. Hi Simone, these are fantastic (as usual of course). I particularly love the blue and yellow lamp shade. Doesn't it just lift the lighter yellow stand. Stunning!! Pruxxx

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  44. Hi Simone
    Your lamps are fantastic.. so special!! I love covering lampshades too.. but sometimes get lazy and just wrap a scarf around them...

    I really should make them more permanent as you have done.. thanks for the instructions.. and have a lovely weekend.. xxx Julie

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  45. ..Yikes ....mine NEVER look this good!...This is inspiring!...Thank you for the inspiration!

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  46. Looks great Simone. Just wondering where you get your drum shades from if you dont mind me asking?
    Ness xx

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  47. You are just so talented! These lamps look lovely! The colourful fabrics makes them look like designer pieces :) We don't even have such lamps in our home, but I really want to try what you did someday :)

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  48. ok, you've seriously inspired me, not even kidding! i just found an older lamp, sans the shade, taken from my mother's attic. i remember her using this lamp when i was little, in another house. so...now, i'm going to spray the base (it's an ugly faux gold and dingy) and attempt a shade project like you did! i love how those turned out. so eclectic, really fun. enjoy your sunday ;)

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  49. You make everything look so easy! I like to imagine I could do one of your projects one day without gluing my fingers together :)

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  50. fantastic makeovers! i love the choice of colours and patterns. i can't wait to see your shop!

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  51. Olé!!, what a wonderful lamp!!. Kisses, Ana

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  52. How simple is that - for such a gorgeous result. I am putting this on my project list!

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  53. ARRASOU, COM ESTA DICA ! Estou trabalhando num projeto com cupulas de abajur, que vou usar suas dicas .
    bjs,
    Silvia.

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  54. Beautiful! So glad you're creating while all of this is going on. Good for you! Sending you lots of good thoughts!

    xo Mary Jo

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  55. I love the lamps! What collection is the blue fabric from and do you know where I can find some? Please email me: karitandberg at yahoo dot com.

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  56. Thank you for inspiring my future ceiling drum shade to be amazing. I can't wait to try this!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  57. great i love your styl very match
    Greatings send you Conny from the Nederlands

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  58. So adorable! Seems easy enough too!

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  59. Do you know how to cover the lamps if they are not a cylinder? Are there any tricks?

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