Fabric Covered Lampshade Tutorial

April 4, 2013Allison Murray
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Today we’re going to pretty up yo poodle lamp with a unique and totally matchy matchy fabric covered lampshade!
Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

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).

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

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!)

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For the final part of this project you will need:

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

If recovering the shade:

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

So here is where we left off yesterday. Our statue has become a lamp that needs a new coat of paint.

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

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.

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

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.

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

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.

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

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.

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

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.

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

When your shade is dry, pop on to your poodle. Add a lightbulb and plug him in!

Update a homemade lamp with paint an a fabric covered lamp shade

Hoping your Thursday is filled with lovely poodles or whatever it is that makes you happy. Until tomorrow!


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Comments (12)

  • Ama

    April 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Very nice colors, I like the bright yellow lampshade! And your father's comment make me laugh! Great job!

  • Midsommarflicka

    April 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Cooper Jr. looks really really great! :)

  • Allison Murray

    April 5, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Thanks, Ama! I have to give my dad grief whenever I can :)

  • Allison Murray

    April 5, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    I appreciate that you used my lamp's proper name. He is being called "FiFi" by some and I don't care for it at all. :)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    April 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Ahhh! Polka dots! Super cute lampshade, Allison, and I love how chic Cooper Jr. is looking painted white. Another incredible project completed!

  • Midsommarflicka

    April 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    It's called FiFi? This is actually funny,a s "Fiffi" is a german, bit degorative, name for dogs – mainly for poodles with ribbons in their fur… I'd never thought this would be found somewhere outside Germany :)

  • Allison Murray

    April 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Thanks, Lauren !

  • Allison Murray

    April 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Midsommarflicka – I call the lamp Cooper Jr. but my dad calls it FiFi. When I was really little I had a black boy poodle and I'd paint his toenails red! My grandfather (who happened to have been German) called him FiFi and it's kind of been a generic term in my family for poodle ever since. I am guessing that my Dad had no idea just what it was we were saying or he wouldn't have let us say it :)

  • krista

    April 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    This is so cute! I'm already thinking about where I can get a fun dog statue to turn into a lamp!

  • Allison Murray

    April 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Thanks, Krista. Send a pic if you do make one, I'd love to see it!

  • Christina @ I Gotta Create!

    July 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    How absolutely cute, quirky and clever, Allison! I love it. I pinned it!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open

  • Allison Murray

    July 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Thanks so much, Christina!

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