Sunday, 5 January 2014

Giant Lampshade Makeover

I've been making little changes to our house, I think it's this time of year, fresh starts and new looks. I bought this giant lampshade ages ago, it's been in the to do pile and I finally got around to doing it on Friday. I love how it's over sized but it was just too boring for me in white, so I gave it a makeover in my current favourite vintage fabric. I know it's the middle of winter but this new shade definitely has a hint of spring time about it. On Friday night I had the strangest dream, I dreamt the shade was hanging about an inch from my face and was about to all from the ceiling, might have been something to do with sleeping in a room with glue fumes! Note to self always use glue in a well ventilated room.

The shade comes in a box but it's really easy to put together, I did discover that the hole in the middle is too big for the light thing that dangles down (very technical terms), so I rigged up a fitting from an another shade

measure twice, cut once
I cut the fabric half an inch wider on either side so I can glue it over to get a neat finish

Use a PVA glue to stick the fabric, do a little at a time, smoothing any bumps as you go

I find superglue works better for the edges
Then this happened!!

Finished! It's huge and I love it (it's circumference is 74 inches)


  1. I looks awesome Linda, but how did you get the inner edges so neat?

    1. Thanks Kylie, I use a different glue and with this shade I was able to glue and tuck the edges in, so it turned out nice and neat x

  2. That is one huge lampshade but it looks amazing x

    1. Thank you Mrs! I'm heading over now to your new blog to follow xx

  3. I love it! I have 2 cream lampshades in the lounge that I keep thinking about covering then I get worried I make a mess of it. I am feeling inspired again lol.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Val! Have fun making over yours xx

  4. Oh it's fabulous and so very neat - I love the print - so colourful and happy! Just what you need to cheer up these grey old days :) xx


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