This post is about a Lamp DIY Project that has taken me WAY TOO LONG to complete.
Awhile ago I purchased a pair of “ugly duckling” bronze lamps with dirty, “white” (not anymore), pleated lamp shades. They must have been nice in 1984. I purchased them at a consignment shop in town in the back section called the “red dot” section meaning the cost will be 1/2 off the last ticketed price. Perfect. The cost was $11.25 for the pair. This way if I completely wrecked them…who cares? It seemed like the right price to experiment.
In Novice Blogger-Style, I forgot to take a before picture. Here is an example of how my lamps looked before…**Not my actual lamp**
To turn my lamps from disaster to beautiful…I had to…
- Remove the lamp shades
- Sand the entire lamp bases
- Prime the lamps using spray paint primer
- Apply a top coat of glossy grey spray paint
- Purchase new lamp shades from Ikea to modernize the look
- Enjoy………….BUT WAIT…..my shades were not large enough….
See the almost finished product below. The lamp shades look way too small. I still love the look of the lamp base and was quite pleased with the transformation.
I dug out the original, pleated shades and carefully (actually not very carefully ripped off the pleated part to reveal a smooth discoloured shade underneath). I decided I would try my hand at recovering the shade. This is where the project fell off the tracks. I am not crafty!
The next phase…
- Purchased 2 pillowcases from Dollarama in a Grey & White scheme
- Used a stitch ripper to take the pillowcases apart
- Traced a template using Lightning McQueen colouring pages (Don’t tell Older Son. It was the largest paper that we had in the house) of the lamp shade
- Ironed the fabric
- Cut the fabric based on the template
- Use spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to the lamp shade (this was crazy difficult)
- Repeat steps on the second shade (UGH)……………..SCREECH TO A HALT! This is NOT working. I am going to cut my losses! I plan to purchase a larger lampshade from Ikea next time I have time to make the trek.
The lamps as they are today…
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