Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bedside lamp makeover...

Bedside lamp makeover 
Another wee makeover and a pretty dramatic one actually if only I had taken taken photos before I ripped the shade apart to show you....
but here is the old fabric which is terribly faded and stained and now I can't think why I put up with its sorry state for so long. It also used to have a blue fringing along the bottom edge the same shade as the braiding.

Bedside lamp makeover 
I used one of the unpicked segments as a pattern and used 4 different fabrics on the main shade in similar aqua colours. Above is a Michael Miller dot and an Amy Butler print.
Bedside lamp makeover 
And on this side a Heather Bailey print .
Bedside lamp makeover 
Some pretty ric-rac trim around the top or crown of the lamp.....

Bedside lamp makeover 
For the bottom edge I used some leftover bias binding and added the turquoise and green beading but when I put it back on the lamp base it just didn't look right... sort of like it had a crop top on.... so I added the white pompom trim which added the extra length it seemed to need. I was going to remove the beading once I'd added the pom-pom trim but have decided to leave it and it adds a bit of sparkle and did take quite a bit of time to sew on.

Bedside lamp makeover
Now the base was originally a very dark brown so I gave it a couple of coats of white gloss spray paint which I must say looks way better than the drab dark brown.
Now I have never spray painted anything until this project and I learnt the hard way to always read directions when trying a new technique or product. It says on the side of the can to shake for a minute before spraying and because I didn't do this to begin with I was wondering why I wasn't getting good coverage. :-D

8 comments:

Michelle said...

It's gorgeous Catherine, love the fabrics you chose...:O)

supermomnocape said...

How pretty! What a great way to update an old lampshade.

Needled Mom said...

I love the new look. The colors are so pretty.

Leslie said...

what a huge change...i love all the embellishments

Gina said...

Beautiful!! Pretty fabric and colors! Painting the base white and the Pom Pom trim are perfect finishing touches!

Wendy said...

this is gorgeous! Love the fabrics, love the colour, love the pompoms, love the beads! Know what I don't love? That my bedside lamp is one of those gooseneck ones so there's no shade to makeover. :0(

Karen said...

That is a fabulous makeover! I just adore your fabrics. I notice the book off to the side. Do you like the books? I think they are a lovely read. Have you seen the TV series?

Kathleen O'Grady said...

What a great makeover, so fresh and happy looking. You have inspired me to do the same. I have a table lamp in a spare bedroom that the shade keeps falling off, this would be perfect for a makeover, thanks for a great idea!

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