Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lamp Shade Do-Over, and an Announcement

What goes around, comes around.  Drum shades, which were de riguer in the ’70s, are in again.  Which means keep your eye out at thrift stores for old lamps.

I got this shade for a couple bucks.  At the time I wasn’t sure how, but I new I could update it.


This lamp was a super clearance deal at Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  It was okay, but nothing special, and I was getting tired of the square-ish lamp shade.  It took me a while to put two and two together, but when I finally did, it was quick and easy.


I used burlap, because I had some, but I imagine you could use any fabric.  This photo doesn’t show it very well, but the shade had a seam down the side, and I started at that point, lining up the finished edge of the burlap with the original seam, because I knew the fabric would not be straight once I’d gone all the way around.


Using spray adhesive, I carefully smoothed the burlap down all the way around the shade.  Then I tucked the raw edge under that finished edge and glued.  That gave the overlap a nice, straight finished edge.


I left lots of extra fabric while I was gluing to make sure I got full coverage, but once that was done, I trimmed the top and bottom edges to about 1/2”.  I had also sprayed the coppery-colored frame black before I started with the burlap.


Then I just went around the top and bottom with the glue gun and folded over the edges.


And here it is now!


Me likey!


It's a pretty good knock-off of this one from Ballard Designs.  Ballard’s:  $59.  Mine:  under $5.


Now for the announcement.  Way back in February I had a Pottery Barn Knock-off Party.  It was awesome, and it’s still one of my most popular posts.  I always figured I’d do it again sometime, and now is the time!  I’m going to do it once a month, on the last Friday of the month.  That will give us lots of time over the weekend to look through the entries.

I’m going to broaden it just a little bit, though, to Ballard Designs and Restoration Hardware in addition to PB.  I know there are others out there, but I feel that there must be some restraints or it just ends up as anything-goes and the original idea is lost.  If you feel strongly that I should include another catalog, make a suggestion and I’ll consider it.

A few more rules I’m going to insist upon:

  • your knock-off entry must be made by you
  • you must include a picture of the original item from the catalog so we can compare (scan in the photo from your old catalog or find one on the internet if there’s no longer a photo of it on the website)
  • it must be a specific comparable item, like my lamp shade, and not just a “this kind of has the PB look to it”
So, the first monthly PB/BD/RH Knock-off Party will be Friday, October 29.  Grab your catalogs, get inspired, create, and meet me back here a week from Friday!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a great tutorial! And a really great reult too.

I LOVE the idea of your linky party. I'm excited already!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Oh my wheels are turning!! Can't wait!

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

Love it! Everytime I pick up a PBKids catalog I see things and think, I can make that. Can't wait to see what everyone makes!

FrouFrouBritches said...

AWESOME!!! I love the new lamp base and the shade you made ROCKS! It looks fantastic!!!!

So excited about the party! WOO HOO! Count me in!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great lampy makeover! I've always been scared to try doing a lampshade...I guess b/c I've never worked with spray adhesive. Yours turned out great!

Richella said...

Good for you, Holly! Your lampshade looks awesome! And your party idea is a good one. I've racked my brain to think of a party recurring party idea. . . seems to be the way to generate good traffic. . . but no dice. Oh, well. I'll just be a joiner, I suppose. Anyway, I love that you're keeping your focus rather narrow, and it'll be fun to join!

I gave you a shout-out on my blog today--I used your method of trying out plates on the wall. Thank you again for that idea!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

I just did two shades for my family room with burlap, but did NOT think to use spray adhesive, I just burnt the crap out of my fingers with more hot glue, lol. Love how yours turned out, that lamp looks completely different now, so much taller.

Thanks for the great tutorial! On the hunt for some drum shades now, hmmm...

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I thought about your shades today when I got a look at my icky ones. ;) Thanks for linking up with me. :)

Mom to Many - Cheryl said...
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Mom to Many - Cheryl said...

Love the kiddo feet in the background on the before pic. I have a shade that needs a make over. It got crinkled a bit.
Great post!


Paula said...

Your new shade looks fabulous!!

I've read all about your party and I'll be sure to drop by to visit. I doubt that I'll have time to participate, but I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

What a great idea! I'm bookmarking this :)

Wendy said...

It looks much better after!

top questions on lighting said...

I super like. Thanks for the tutorials!!