Here’s a square shade I covered in our master bedroom. Same method, seam to the corner & folded under & glued down with fabric glue. I’ll go through all the steps below. If you are adding trim, you don’t have to be as careful, as the trim will hide a lot of little mistakes. You can see with a check like this, your seams will not match up in the back, but it will look fine from the front. On this shade, I cut the fabric a little bigger than the shade & wrapped it inside & glued down. Again, covered with trim at the bottom & none at the top. You can really do whatever you’d like, trim or no trim.
Underneath the lampshade, you can see where I turned the edges under & glued them down.
OK, let’s get started! First, you’ll need some sort of paper to make a pattern with. Tissue paper is fine, craft paper, anything big enough to hold your lampshade completely. Make sure your paper is big enough (tape pieces together if necessary) that when you place the lampshade on it & roll it completely around the diameter (staying flat on the surface as you’re rolling), that you’ll have enough paper to complete the circle. Make sense?? Then, you’ll place the shade down & either cut it exactly to fit your shade or make it a bit bigger to overlap…either way works, again depending on if trim is being used. Trace your pattern (top & bottom of shade) as you are rolling the lampshade all the way around, making sure to meet where you started from & make the pattern big enough that you can trim any excess. You don’t want to skimp & end up cutting your fabric too short.
Your shade will roll all the way across the paper as you are tracing the pattern. Once you complete rolling the lampshade,it will look like a circle.
And your pattern should end up looking something like this, only twice this size. I didn’t use a large piece & the pattern should end up looking like a circle with a hole in the middle. Next, you’ll put the pattern on your fabric & cut the shape out. If you have a patterned fabric, it won’t match up at all, but something without a pattern will be fine. I just don’t worry about the matching part (like the toile or check) & put that to the back of the shade where it won’t be seen.
Kitchen Window Treatment
Someone asked about painting shiny brass. YES! It can be painted very easily. Here’s one of the light fixtures that was in our house when we moved in…they were all shiny brass. I’m in the process of changing them out to bronze. Some of them I’ve found already bronze at yardsales & have picked those up for cheap & others, I’ve painted with craft paint or the above product, Sophisticated Finishes. Either way works well. This particular fixture was shiny brass & I used satin black spray paint, then added bronze over the top with bronze craft paint, mixed with another rusty color called Burnt Sienna. You just spray the whole thing black, let dry, then daub on the craft paint with a damp sponge until you get the bronze look you want. Very easy project! I have changed so many things over the years from shiny brass to black or bronze. Edited to add: If the brass is something that you will be touching, then use a spray primer on it before you spray it black & do the bronze finish on it. Things hold up really well if you don’t touch them, but items that are handled are subject to chip (like door knobs). So the primer will help it stick better.
Here’s another lamp before & after. This one’s in my foyer & as you can see above it was a bright gold. I used Sophisticated Finishes in Blackened Bronze on this too. It wasn’t brass, but some sort of resin material, so the SF sticks to it very well. Looks much better, don’t you think?
So, that’s my quick little tutorial on lampshades & painting things! It’s a great way to update some old things you have laying around the house. Start looking around & you will probably have something you can paint. I do it all the time! Picture frames, lamps, anything brass or gold can be painted to whatever you want it to be. It’s such a frugal money saver & a great way to get a new look!
- A true Southerner makes friends standing in line. We don’t do “queues”, we do “lines”. And when we’re in line, we talk to everybody.
- A true Southerner never goes snipe hunting twice. (I really did have this done to me growing up, anyone else?!)
- A true Atlanta Southerner knows that all directions start with “Go down Peachtree” & includes the phrase “when you see the Waffle House” & when you’re in Cobb County, all directions begin with “go to the Big Chicken“. (this one is totally true…see pic below!)
- The North has double last names, the South has double first names.
- You may hear a Southerner say “ought” to a dog or a child. This is short for “y’all ought not do that” and is the equivalent of saying “No!”
- If there is the prediction of even the slightest chance of snow, we must go to the grocery store. It doesn’t matter if we need anything or not, we just have to go and pick up bread & milk.
- It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy.
- “Jeet” is actually a phrase meaning, “Did you eat?” (a personal favorite of my hubby, LOL!)
I should have just included this pic of the Big Chicken in my post originally (See #3)! You really have to get a visual of it to really appreciate the magnitude of this thing. I grew up a few miles from the Big Chicken, so it’s always been a part of my life. This landmark started back in the 60’s as a chicken restaurant, which eventually went out of business & was sold to KFC in 1974. They kept it as is & it was finally renovated in 1996, with the help of Pepsi. Back in the early 90’s, there was talk of tearing down the Big Chicken & those of us who grew up with it launched a campaign to save it & we won! There was actually voting, help from polticians, the whole nine yards, but we who have a soft spot for the Big Chicken prevailed & here she stands to this day!
Hope you had a good laugh! We are pretty predictable down here in the South!
Niesz Vintage Home says
All of your lampshades are gorgeous! I especially like the bunny lamp!
I have several around the house that I’ve covered with vintage fabric and trimmed with buttons.
It makes for a quick and easy transformation.
Thanks for the aged bronzing technique. And I loved your Southern Thangs. LOL
We’ve had company for a week now so I haven’t commented as often as I like to do, but I’m reading quickly blogs I like every chance I get. I’ve really enjoyed these last two posts about lamps. I too love lamps and I love having light in every room. I start turning on lamps as soon as I get up in the morning and they pretty much stay on all day. I was curious so I counted mine and I have 25…so far. LOL Loved seeing your tutorial and your southern list was so true! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.
Hey Rhoda! What I want to know is, where did you find your kitchen window treatment or did you make it? Love it!
Betty Jo says
Goodness! You did a lot of work on this incredible post. Thank you so much for taking your time to give us such wonderful tips. I sooooooo enjoyed reading your southern thangs, as I’m a southerner too. I’m still laughing over the snipe hunt. I fell for it the first time when I was sixteen–but not the second time. I’ve written some southernese on my blog too. xoxo
Rhoda, I am from Southern Ohio, where ALL our teachers are from “down home” (Kentucky) — so I feel like an honorary southerner. I know this because I make friends in the grocery store line too. I am charmed by this post — thank you.
Thank you so much for the brass tutorial! I needed it. 🙂
Sophie Honeysuckle says
Rhoda- I loved the southern tag-ever since I read Gone with the Wind, I have wanted to visit your part of the world! Love the big chicken too!
annewithane65 (Kim) says
What great ideas for recovering lamp shades…I love how yours turned out!
Thanks for the tutorial Rhoda! I have a shop full of lampshades that need some help. I will get right to it.
“Fabri-Tac fabric glue (great stuff, JoAnn’s has it!), Spray adhesive”…yes…those are a few of my favorite things…that and hot glue!!! (((hugs)))
Trudi Morgan/Alwine says
Where do you purchase sophisticated finishes. I’ve looked at Hobby Lobby and they did not have it.
Thanks for all the great tips. I’m covering a lampshade, and I will show you the final results next week. I was also thinking about painting my horrible brass lights outside the house. Is it easy to remove light fixtures, or is this something I should have Hubby do? Thanks!
Beaufort Belle says
Rhoda, I absolutely love the lamp makeovers! What a takented decorator you are!
By the way, I have tagged you for a meme.
Jennifer @ Beaufort Lookout