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Monday, February 21, 2011

DIY That Works!!

So..I have this lamp shade that was broken several years ago. I have been looking for a new shade ever since. It is a large oval and I have not found the right size or shape. In truth I haven't looked that hard, I just turned the lamp at an angle so the crack wasn't so noticeable.

If you look closely, you can see the cracks. This weekend I decided that one way or another I was going to fix the shade.

First I thought about wrapping strips of fabric around the shade, I was going for an Anthropologie look...not really working for me. Then I remembered Janelle from Isabella and Max Rooms had recovered some shades in fabric and they looked fantastic. Even better? She had a step by step post with pictures. Check it out here.



I followed all her directions, first cutting my fabric at a slight angle to make the pattern lay straight.


Then I tucked, glued and taped. And guess what?


It worked!! It really worked!! I love it. It was still drying when I took this picture, so please excuse the tape. Today I will go and get some ribbon to finish it off. Do you know how many half finished projects I have in my house? I can't believe I finished-or almost finished-this one and I really like it. A huge thank you to Janelle for the excellent tutorial!! Be sure to check out her blog here.

P.S. My walls are not blue zebra-I wish. I just couldn't get a good photo of the fabric against the plain, bland walls, so I taped up some of my favorite fabric.

39 comments :

  1. Your shade looks so good. I can't wait to see it without the tape. That's one of my fave fabrics too.

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  2. I love it! I am totally going to try this!!!

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  3. Nice job! Doesn't it feel so good to get something off the project list? I can't wait to see it with ribbon!
    Danika

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  4. Great job!! Don't you love when you can re-use something without paying a dime and it turns out fantastic!!

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  5. Looks fabulous! Can't wait to see it with the trim!

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  6. WOW! Your lamp looks amazing!!! And the way you styled it for this photo is pretty great too...can't wait to see how you trimmed out the rest...such a great job!!!

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  7. Love your lampshade! This is so timely as I'm about to recover one of my daughter's lampshades with fabric (I just have to find the right fabric first). I actually wrapped a messed up shade with navy grosgrain ribbon and it turned out nicely. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right?

    Now, I need to go read and bookmark Janell's tutorial!

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  8. Hey, that does look great! Gives me courage to try it myself...

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  9. I love the fabric you chose and good job!

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  10. You did a great Job! Janell really is one talented lady !

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  11. barrel shades in the right size are hard to find unless you're will to pay a ton of money. Beautiful fabric choice

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  12. Love it! I tried it w/o instructions and a big striped fabric years ago. Didn't work so well. I'll give this method a try.

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  13. Your lampshade looks fabulous and I adore the print you used!! Thanks for the shout out! Janell

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  14. It looks great! I have a few lampshades that I might have to try this.

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  15. I love that fabric! I'm inspired.. I didn't think it would be that easy!

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  16. I love that fabric! Looks wonderful. I will have to try this for sure. Glad to have found your blog:)

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  17. Fantastic...you've inspired me, Sissy to get moving on some of my own half-completed projects!

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  18. beautiful! you have inspired me, too.

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  19. Beautiful! Love your fab and the shape of the shade!

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  20. I am so doing this too! I have been thinking about it but now with this tutorial I have no choice!

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  21. I am so gonna try this, Sissy! It looks awesome. Love it.

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  22. Nice job.The fabric is so pretty.You would never know it was that old lamp shade.

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  23. This looks great!! You are an official DIYer now!!!Love the fabric you chose it made a great looking lampshade, KS

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  24. Crap..that is so cool...just let me put it at the bottom of my 10 page to do list.....

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  25. It looks amazing. I really like the fabric.

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  26. That print on that shade is wonderful! Such a great job! good for you!!!

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  27. great fabric - what is it?

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  28. okay definitely trying this! love it!

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  29. i am not mad at it at all.
    and i will probs use this when i set out to redo fiona's rooms this spring/summer.
    word to your mom.

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  30. What's the fabric? It looks amazing!!

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  31. LOVE this! I just found your blog and love it! New follower :) Have a great day!

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  32. One of my favorite design things is to try to add some custom lampshades to a project. This is perfection...don't you wish you had done this months ago? LOL!

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