Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Non-Permanent Lamp Shade Recover

I've been wanting a small lamp with a red and white checked shade for the kitchen counter for a while, but just never ran across one. Finally, I just picked up one with a plain white shade and decided to cover it with some red and white checked fabric I already had.

But, I didn't want to use glue and spend a lot of time and work covering it. I also wanted to be able to recover it with another fabric if I chose to in the future.

I decided to use transparent tape and it worked pretty well. The place I am using the lamp is on the counter top in the corner of the kitchen. So, the back of the shade is in the corner against the wall underneath the upper cabinets, so nobody can see the tape down inside the shade or on the back.

To make the pattern I just rolled the shade on a large piece of newspaper and marked the paper with a pen as I rolled. Then I laid the paper pattern on the fabric and added a little extra width to be sure it was wide enough so that I could fold the fabric over the edges of the lamp.

I taped down one end of the fabric when I started wrapping it around shade. Then I folded under the other end to make a neat finished edge and taped that down.

To fit the edges around the metal things, I made small cuts with the scissors.

This was so much easier than dealing with glue and I knew if it turned out bad, all I had to do was take it off!

This post is linked to TABLE TOP TUESDAY at A Stroll Through Life.


Meggie said...

This is really a cute idea...I already have a small lamp, on my kitchen counter, with a plain shade. I will difinitely give this a try.

Impera_Magna said...

Very nice lamp shade recover... bright and cheerful against the white tile!

Debby said...

Oh how sweet, great way to unload a little fabric as well!

Pen Pen said...

Clever! I like it!

ancient one said...

Cute... I never would have thought to roll the shade on the paper to make a pattern...

Auntie M said...

Would you like to come and do a clinic? Very nice job!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Debbie,
You are just too creative. :)
So pretty. I made a Chocolate Cake today. I posted the recipe .

Lyn said...

The gingham blends in so nicely with your chicken decor. You did a lovely job! I like that instead of buying a new lampshade you created something. Frugal and creative.