How to Cheaply Recover a Lamp Shade

Happy Monday, y’all! I wanted to share this quick and easy update with you today. I have been wanting to do this for years. Literally. And I don’t know why it took me so long!

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

I registered for this purpley-gray lamp shade when we got married almost 5 years ago. And I never liked it. Ever. I don’t really have anything purple in my house and don’t love the color. But it sat in our living room for a couple of years before I banned it to a closet.

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

 

I kept thinking I could just cover it in a new fabric, but you know how those little projects just kind of pile up and sit? No, you don’t do that?? It’s just me? Hmm, I need to work on that. {As opposed to half doing projects and then going out and buying supplies to do more projects. Yeah, it’s a sickness.}

I had this lamp sitting on this long table under our gallery wall. LOVED the shade, but not with the lamp base. And it was really too large for the space, in my opinion.

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

So, when I ran across this pretty glass lamp base at Target the other day, I snatched it up for this table. I didn’t buy a lamp shade because I knew that I had one that was the perfect size at home, just waiting to be recovered!

I was excited to finally have a reason to quickly do this project that had been on my list for years. I went through my fabric stash and decided that these two long strips of fabric would work. They were pieces I’d cut off the bottoms of my IKEA curtains in my bedroom. Turning trash into treasure? LOVE it!

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

Let me just tell you something before I show you what I did. You would probably be shocked to know how many DIY projects and crafts I do with tape. It’s seriously the best! Anytime I want to quickly change something, but not permanently, I just use tape. You’ll see here in a minute. It’s the lazy girl’s solution to the glue gun. Ha!

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

I rolled the lamp shade along on the fabric and traced a line about an inch away from the bottom and top of the shade with chalk. Make sense?

I knew I wouldn’t have enough to cover the entire thing, but my fingers were crossed that it would be close enough.

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

I cut the fabric along the chalk line. And then taped the two pieces together.

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

And then I just taped the extra fabric to top and bottom of the lamp shade. It’s not perfect, but it’s cheap and easy, so yay!

Once everything was taped down, I was pleased to find that I only needed a small triangle on the back to completely cover the lamp shade. So, I just cut a piece, taped it down and done!

How to Easily Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

I found these two leather flowers in my crafts stash and pulled out some faux leaves to finish the look.

How to Cheaply Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

Guess what I used to stick them on to the shade? You guessed it … tape, again! LOVE that stuff.

How to Cheaply Recover a Lamp Shade #DIY

If I ever get sick of the look, I can just take the fabric off and sell the shade. Or recover it with something else.

And I know you may not have your own leftover curtain fabric or leather flowers. But I bet you have something that you can use to pretty up your house.

I’d love to hear your best trash to treasure stories.

Or the most creative way to use leftover fabric? Do tell!!

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Comments

    • says

      Thanks Emily! I’ve been hanging on to those just for the perfect project and I’m so glad I finally was able to use them. :) Tape does wonders, I think. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Amy says

    You posted this at the perfect time! I have a lamp with a shade that I can’t even bare to look at! And now I’m going to change it, with a million thanks to you!! :)

  2. says

    I recently recovered some lamp shades, too. On one I used a map. The only thing with paper is that it is less forgiving than the cloth. I also had a small spot that wasn’t covered and the patchwork job is noticeable. Good thing it sits in a corner! lol I like the flower accents you added. Looks great against that gallery wall.

  3. says

    Recovering and updating lamps and their shades are one of my most favorite things to do! It’s so simple and can totally change the look!

    I would love for you to share your creativity at my party: Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Join us on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am EST to show off your awesomeness!

    ~ Ashley
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  4. JaneEllen says

    Awesome shade redo. Love projects like that. Using tape, perfect, why make a change permanent is you can change it to be changed again? I love that idea. I can’t afford to replace things so much so like to cover them up when an idea hits me. Usually I have something in the house I can use. (we live a few miles from town where I can buy things to fix them up) Seems like by the time I can go buy something I’ve either forgotten about it or have changed my mind. I’m a very spontaneous person. Always enjoy your projects.
    One time in MT (it was winter, slippery roads and more snow on way) so I decided I’d cover my couch with some fabric I’d gotten at Ben Franklin. Didn’t have quite enuf to wrap around cushions so I just used duck tape. Worked like a charm til I wasn’t tired of couch anymore. Quicky slip cover. Hey whatever works huh? Then later I used fabric to make pillow covers. Believe me I didn’t want to have to drive to Helena (32miles) Happy Spring days

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