I've been working on a few DIY projects here and there, and this was a fun one that I really wanted to share. I've never made over a lamp before, but I used this post from Young House Love as a guideline and figured it out along the way!
- A lamp (obvs.)
- Lightweight fabric
- Masking tape
- A glue gun and glue sticks
Outside, lay down some sort of drop cloth. I used an old sheet, but you can use pretty much anything that you don't mind getting spray paint all over.
Unscrew the lampshade and tape off the edge of the power cord and the screw part of the lamp (basically any where that you don't want painted).
Spray paint the lamp base following the instructions according to the can. I found it was best to hold the base on an angle, and spray at a 30cm distance. You will most likely need to do a few recoats, depending on the base colour and how strong you want the top coat.
Place the lampshade on the fabric and slowly roll the shade, tracing around it as you go. You should end up with a large circle, like in the picture above. When you cut it, remember to leave a bit of extra fabric so that you've got enough to fold over the edge of the shade.
Heat up the glue gun, and position the lampshade on the fabric.
Holding the fabric firmly, put a little dab of glue right on the bottom edge of the shade and press the fabric down.
Repeat this the whole way around the lampshade.
After you've glued around the bottom edge, you'll have excess fabric on the side. Trim this so that it lays nice and flat. Tuck the edge of the top layer of fabric under so that it creates a sort of 'hem' and glue this edge down.
Nick the excess fabric at the top edge of the lampshade.
Turning the shade over, dab glue around the top edge and press the fabric down firmly.
Be sure to hold the fabric so that it stretches tightly over the lampshade.
Assemble your lamp, put in a lightbulb, and turn that baby on.
It's all very exciting, isn't it? I was totally excited when I'd finished. I went into my husband's study and had a little show and tell. He was so proud.
Hope you liked this DIY! Let me know if you make your own lamp, I'd love to see photos! Do you ever DIY your own things?