How to Recover a Lamp Shade Tutorial

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How to update a lamp shade and take it from drab to fab! Don’t spend tons of money on fancy designer lampshades – pick one up at the thrift store and recover it with these 6 simple steps!

How many times have you walked into Goodwill and looked at a lamp and thought man that “could” be a cute lamp but didn’t know how to make it cute? Or think I’m not sure how to recover a lampshade? I used to do it all of the time until now!

Turn even the ugliest of lamps and lampshades into beautiful decorative pieces that you are proud of to have in your home!

The process is actually really easy and can be done by any beginner crafter with very minimal supplies.

Purchase the fabric you would like at your local fabric store and be sure to buy a coordinating color trim piece.

  1. Start by removing your lampshade from the lamp
  2. Remove the current bias tape (if there is any) and the fabric
  3. Use the fabric you pulled off as your pattern for the new cover
  4. Cut out new fabric
  5. Spray glue the fabric on the wrong side and adhere it to the lampshade. Trim with scissors where necessary
  6. Attach bias tape with glue (may use hot glue if it’s too difficult with the spray glue
  7. Spray paint lamp and allow to dry (optional, if changing lamp color)

Be sure to carefully remove the existing fabric from the lampshade and use it as your pattern with your new fabric.

You can either add bias tape or tuck the ends of the fabric and secure them in place with a thin bead of hot glue.

Spray paint the lamp post if needed or desired.

And wa-la! Now you have a beautiful lamp shade that didn't break the bank and can be any color and pattern you would like!

Suggested materials:

  • Old Lamp   (Goodwill)
  • Old Lampshade   (Goodwill)
  • Spray Paint of Choice
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