I was SO excited when I bought it... so excited that I immediately went out to Joann's and bought this fabric so I could make a new shade (the original shade was stained & so not my style)
I did the happiest of happy dances when I found this fabric..the day was going just my way..I had found a cool retro lamp & now the perfect fabric for it..plus, hello I had coupons! SCORE!!
Well, yesterday I finally got down to putting it all together...
First I measured out some white tagboard so I could make a new shade
I had to use two pieces of tag board because I wanted to keep the lamp as long as the original.
Then I cut it to fit and folded it into shape. I held it together with little pieces of masking tape until I got it just right.
Here it is next to the original
I used masking tape to keep the edges together with the interior wire. (oh, yeah, forgot to mention that I took the wire off the original shade) and maybe I should also mention that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I started this project..really, no idea!
So next I split the original shade and flattened it out on top of my fabric
Remote weights optional :o)
Once you have your old shade stretched out, trace it lightly with a pencil (on the back of your fabric of course)
After tracing my fabric, I cut it leaving an inch around my traced pattern.
So that's the scary part (for me anyway..I'm always afraid I'm going to screw up the measurements & ruin my fabric..I'm a worry-wart)
So anyway then you spray glue your shade and wrap your fabric around it
After that warm up your glue gun..its hot glue time!!
I folded my edges in and glued them down
And I think that's pretty much it...It looks good..
Really good actually...but I don't love it... Am I crazy?? I like it a lot...but I just know that I jumped the gun with this project...I should have thought about where this lamp was going to go in the house..did I mention that it matches absolutely nothing in my house?...nothing...there is a possible solution however...
Remember I mentioned that I was going to turn our small guest room into a craft room?? Well I guess I could build my craft room around this lamp...but truth be told, it feels forced...
I really do like the lamp...*sigh*
maybe I should have used something like this instead...
I know..it doesn't match the orange base..well, that's because I should have spray painted the base white..duh, Bernadette!!
look how lovely this fabric would have been...
I could build a room around this, right??
So lesson learned..My advice to you ladies, gents, or whoever is reading this, is..let it marinade..just like beef..let it sit there & soak up the possibilities...I for one will never jump the gun again...
I do like the lamp..I just don't love it...
so maybe I'll change it..what do you think?? Let me know in the comments...I read them all!
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