Easy Lamp Makeover

Lamp Makeover Tutorial

Used to look like this:

Here’s how I did it:

I taped off the parts I didn’t want painted. And sprayed the old brass-look finish with a new satin oil-rubbed bronze which is my new favorite paint color…rich brown with flecks of gold & bronze.

Covering an old shade:

First, I made a pattern. I started with the seam and rolled it along a sheet of newspaper (old wrapping paper would work too), tracing the bottom as I went along. Then I traced the top as I rolled it back. I drew a straight line from top to bottom on the ends. I cut out my pattern.

Then, I pinned it to my fabric…
and cut – eyeballing about a 1 inch (give or take) margin all of the way around.

Snip every inch or so (I guessed about 1/2 to 1 inch) along top and bottom.

Iron the fabric and iron a small fold to create a “hem” on one side.

Then I used spray adhesive on the wrong side of the fabric (make sure you protect the area your spraying on):

Roll the shade on the fabric, smoothing as you go. It’s just tacky, so you can move and slide it easily. Use the ironed hem part on top of the unfinished edge.

Tuck the snipped ends around the top and bottom of the lamp.

Spray adhesive to the wrong/back side of your trim.

Secure wi
th clothes pins while adhesive dries.  (I’ve also used hot glue when folding over the cut edges and it reduces the drying time and you don’t have to use clothes pins to keep it closed.)  Another lamp tutorial HERE.



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