Recovering a Lamp Shade

Last year, I had black lamp shades on the lamps in my kitchen/ dining area.  They were cool shades – a nice blue Asian inspired pattern on the inside that showed through with the light on.  However, they were not quite “springy” enough for my new vision for the space.

So, I put the shades on my family room lamps and decided to buy new plain white shades for these and recover them with blue fabric.

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I simply wrapped the fabric around and secured it with fabric glue.  The hardest part was clamping it place while the glue dried and being patient as it dried.

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Then, to hide the unfinished edges of the fabric, I glued ribbon around the inside on the top and bottom.  Again, securing in place with some plastic clamps.

Remeber that such edges are visible from certain angles, even though they are on the inside.



Tada!  A new, more vibrant shade.


Tomorrow, I will talk about how I ATTEMPTED to embellish it.


  1. I love it! I'm kind of obsessed with those type of lamp bases right now – and I love how it looks with the blue shade!

  2. Great transformation! Love that blue! Great blog, now following! Miss Walker xoxo

  3. Very cute! Love your choice of blue.

  4. Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess

    That looks great. So often, I think DIY lampshade redo's end up looking, well, like they were DIYed. But yours looks really nice! You got the covering nice and taught, and I can't imagine anyone will ever guess you did it yourself.

    postmodern hostess

  5. Elizabeth@themustardceiling

    Isn't it amazing how such small things can make such a difference? Your new lampshades look great.

  6. This looks amazing! I love the blue with the black base. I just bought two plain white lamp shades that are screaming to be covered with something pretty. Now to pick out fabric … ;)

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