Yay! I actually have a D.I.Y for this Friday, this one was much harder than anticipated. I’m trying to slowly add new D.I.Y pieces for our bedroom and the first on the agenda was this lamp. We purchased the lamp from The Warehouse, over a year ago when we moved into our first place. I liked it at the time, but like a lot of things for me I became a little bored of it. It’s been on my mind for a while now to update it, firstly I was going to get faux flowers and cover the whole shade, but after pondering it, I thought that this idea could end up being a little costly and time consuming. Then I was at work and one of the beautiful ladies Belinda was telling me how she’d just finished making lampshades with fabric from Bolt of Cloth (any excuse for me to go into that shop). She had made her lampshade from scratch however, to keep costs down I wanted to reuse my lampshade and just cover it with fabric. I would recommend getting an extra pair of hands to help you with this D.I.Y as it can get very fiddly and I’m not going to lie, I had to out of frustration but it down and come back to it.
Anyway lets get started,
Here’s what you’ll need:
You’ll also need;
Masking Tape, Scissors, an Iron, Pencil or Fabric Chalk and a Laquer Coat (optional)
*So, once you’ve got all your required items, you can get stuck in. Firstly you need to pull the lamp apart and then you sadly need to get sanding (we all know how much I love this). Thankfully not too much sanding is needed. When we popped into Mitre 10 to get the spray paint and sandpaper the guy in the Paint Department, who also helped us last time, gave us some great advice. He suggested to sand the lamp with a really fine sandpaper, and then grab a clean cloth and wipe the dust up and away from the lamp. To ensure that we weren’t rubbing it back into the lamp and creating an uneven texture. So that’s what I did.
*You then need to take some vinegar, we only had apple cider. Just to clean the lamp shade really well. This is to ensure all the dust is gone and you have an even base for your spray paint to adhere to.
*Next requires masking tape. Take your tape and cover any parts of the lamp you do not wish to be covered in black spray paint. I went ahead and covered the top part where the lightbulb sits, the bottom and the cord with the switch.
*Once you’re satisfied with your tape placement, the fun can begin. Grab your spray paint and spray away. Make sure to read the instructions on the can before applying, for example; at what distance you need to hold the can. I would also advise wearing gloves and either doing this outdoors or in your garage or shed if its too cold out. I got Chris to hold and turn the lamp whilst I sprayed, to ensure and even coat. The lamp needed two coats, for a glossy opaque look. We also added a lacquer coat on top to maintain the colour and protect against wear and tear. This is optional as it did take away a lot of the original gloss from the spray paint.
*Now to move on to the lampshade. As I said, next time I do a project like this I’m going to make the lampshade from scratch. But to keep costs down I decided to go ahead and use the original shade. The only downside to this was that because the fabric I chose is so light there is a green tinge when the light is on, which I actually don’t mind too much.
* Once you’ve got your chosen fabric. I went for this really cool Mexican, Sugar Skull fabric, again from Bolt of Cloth. I just loved the bright colours and the birds mixed in with the skulls. You then need to measure out the amount you will need. I’d recommend getting a larger piece cut at the store, my philosophy is ‘better too much, than not enough’. You can alway use the left over fabric for other projects. The easiest way to measure this is to get someone else to roll the lampshade across the fabric, whilst you trace the line with a pencil. Make sure you have a reference point on the lampshade as to where you started tracing from.
*Next is pretty self explanatory, get those scissors out and start cutting away. Ensure to leave enough of a gap, so that you can fold the fabric over the lampshade, at least 1cm. Same for both ends, so you are able to make a neat fold.
*Now’s the time to get your double sided tape out. Is it just me or does anyone else find this stuff really frustrating?? I can never ever get my nails underneath the corners to pull the tape away. It really gets my knickers in a twist. Anyway take your tape and place it around the top and bottom edge. The tape I’d purchased was a little small so I had to go back in and put more take on the inside of the shade. You then just need to make small cuts in the tape, in order for you to fold the tape over. Repeat the process on the other end.
*Now comes the glue. I went for this Multi Purpose glue by Modge Podge. You could also use a spray adhesive. You firstly need to glue the fold that you created earlier together. The next part needs two pairs of hands. The basic technique for this is that one person glues, whilst the other one places the fabric on top of the glue, making sure to rub out any bubbles. You do have to work quite fast with this as the glue sets quickly. Once you get to the end you just need to over lap the fabric and ensure that fold you created is visible on the outside.
*Now you need to fold over the fabric and tuck it under. However, before you can do this you need to trim the edges. I folded the fabric over and marked with a pencil, where I would need to cut. Trim the edges away. Next fold the fabric over onto the tape that you’d earlier placed down and push the fabric under the edge. Repeat this on the other end. I then went in with a card and push the fabric under further, just to neaten it up.
So there you have it. The finished product. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I love the black against the bright colours. I once again have to give a huge massive thank you to my right hand man and partner in the D.I.Y project Christopher, for putting up with my little frustrated strop. Also thanks to the unnamed man in the paint department at Mitre 10, you’re awesome and to lovely Belinda from work for giving me this bright idea (no pun intended). This piece has brightened up, what is quite a bland room and I can’t wait to get started with another one.
Thanks again for reading!