Friday, March 22, 2013

Lampshade Makeover

I was looking around our living room at the transformation progress (this is going slowly since I'm trying to keep it as budget friendly as possible), and I saw our VERY modern lamps. I had a glue gun, some burlap ribbon and scissors laying around so I decided to experiment.

Start out by gathering the needed supplies. I used a glue gun with lots of glue sticks, burlap wired ribbon, and scissors.  And of course the clean canvas of a lampshade. 

Step 1: Cut your piece of burlap ribbon to size for the lamp. Let it overlap or be too large so you can trim it true to size after gluing it down. If you do not, there is no room for error in the gluing process.

Step 2: Repeat with each side until you have all of your pieces cut. 

Step 3: Gently glue your ribbon down, I started with the bottom and then worked my away around the ribbon in a circle to eliminate "Kinking" in the ribbon or any wrinkles. Gently smooth the ribbon as you lay it down on the glue to further help you avoid wrinkles. 

Step 4: After you glue down each side, carefully cut off the excess. Be careful not to trim off too much, if you have a good pair of sharp scissors you will be able to take off a little at a time. 

Step 5: Repeat with each side. 

I ended up painting the lamp base too.  I used 2 coats of Krylon Spray on Primer, 2 Coats of Krylon Satin "Almond" color, and 2 coats of Krylon "clear-matte" spray paint. Voila!

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