DIY How to recover a lampshade

We all know that lamps and lighting are expensive items that are essential to our home. You can easily update a cool lamp by recovering the existing shade and change the feel of a room.

Easy step by step process to recover a lampshade. Items you will need:

  • old lampshade
  • fabric to cover the existing shade
  • ***optional***trim, ribbon or bias tape
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

It all started because I feel in love with a vintage hand blown glass lamp that I found at an estate sale. Everything about it was in great condition except for the shade. I went to a couple of stores, trying to find a lampshade that would work as a good substitute shade. Because of the height of the lamp I realized that it must have been custom and I needed to make due with what I had. DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

This lamp was in great condition but the shade needed to go!

DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

Cool Crystal Detail at the top

DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

You can use any fabric you choose. Silk fabric is thin and can be translucent when lit up at night. It adds a bright pop of color in the family room. To measure the amount of fabric: Lay the fabric out, hold the fabric to one part of the lampshade and then roll the shade until you have about 6 inches of overlap.

  • DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    As you can see everything about the shade was dirty, dingy and dated! The 3 D’s

    DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    Start with scissors and cut the outer layer of fabric and trim off of the plastic shade. Make sure to take your time and don’t dent or damage the inner layer.

    DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    After cutting an area of the existing fabric and trim, slowly peel the old fabric off

    DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    Now you are ready to hot glue the fabric to the top.

    DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    I chose to use bias tape to give the top of the new lampshade a purple trim. So I started hot gluing the fabric to the top perimeter of the shade.

    DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    I used my serger to bind off the sides of the fabric but it really isn’t necessary.

    DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    Continue gluing around the top perimeter. I used a rolling technique making sure to smooth the fabric and I went.

    DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

    After you are finished gluing the fabric to the top perimeter, repeat on the bottom perimeter. I chose to fold the fabric over the bottom of the shade because I didn’t want trim on both the top and bottom. You can trim off excess fabric off once the gluing process is finished.

    After the top and bottom perimeters are secured with glue, cut off the excess fabric leaving about 1.5 inches of overlap. fold over the crease two times leaving a smooth crease. Hot glue. Next you can add trim, ribbon or bias tape with hot glue.

DIY recover a lampshade- so easy and inexpensive!!! What a great idea!

Finished Shade!

DIY recover a lampshade-Such an inexpensive and easy way to update a room!

Nighttime shot of silk fabric covered shade

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