Fabric Covered Lampshade Tutorial
Today we’re going to pretty up yo poodle lamp with a unique and totally matchy matchy fabric covered lampshade!
Okay, so yesterday you learned how to make a lamp out of a store-bought (non ceramic) statue. Today I’m going to show you how my little lamp went from being a pink nightmare to a lamp that is so loved that my father has been taking orders for them (seriously).
You may be wondering what I have named my new lamp as I have a tendency to name things. Well my illuminating new friend is named Cooper Jr. after my Momma’s poodle Cooper, who I love and often try to steal. (He loves me and wants to run away with me, too!)
For the final part of this project you will need:
- enamel spray paint in gloss white
If recovering the shade:
So here is where we left off yesterday. Our statue has become a lamp that needs a new coat of paint.
I wanted my poodle to be shiny white so I got this spray paint in protective enamel. Enamel coat is harder than traditional spray paint so it’s going to stay nice for longer. Since Cooper Jr. is going to be living on my nightstand and be a fairly high traffic little lamp I wanted that extra protection. I used two full coats and did a few spot touch ups after that.
Set somewhere safe for the paint to fully harden for at least a day or so before putting into use.
I apologize that I don’t have more pics of this particular project, they were taken with my new camera (hip, hip, hooray!) and I am still not used to the settings and most of my images did NOT turn out.
At any rate if you’re recovering you need to remove the piping at the top and bottom if needed.
Take your fabric (I used about 1/2 a yard) and lay out nice and flat and iron out any wrinkles. Choose your fabric wisely. My shade is an angled box and to wrap it in the fabric it goes at a wonky angle, not in a straight line. As a result since I wanted polka dotted fabric I found one that was a random pattern rather than traditional dots because the lines would have wound up being funny (and driving me nuts). If you shade is round, you don’t have to worry about this.
If your shade has sides, work one side at a time, if it is round just wing it. Apply a healthy but not crazy amount of fabric glue and cover with the fabric, smothing out any wrinkles or bubbles as they occur. Continue for all sides until you have fabric left over but everything is covered.
Take that lip of fabric and trim so that it is only about 2 inches or so in length. Fold it inward and press down for a nice crease. Apply fabric glue and then attach to the shade smoothing out for a nice, clean crease.
Trim the fabric at the top and bottom until you have 1-2 inches of overhang.
If you have four straight edges, snip the fabric at each of the corners almost to the edge of the lampshade. If you have a circular shape, you’ll need to make frequent snips every few inches.
Take and fold each piece inward and press for a nice seam. Spread on a small amount of glue and push into the lampshade. Make a small snip anywhere the fabric needs to accomodate a metal arm and glue around it.
When your shade is dry, pop on to your poodle. Add a lightbulb and plug him in!
Hoping your Thursday is filled with lovely poodles or whatever it is that makes you happy. Until tomorrow!