Friday, June 3, 2011

Lampshade redo with a little bit of a fail!

So I finally got around to redoing my Ikea light.  It always just seemed to blend into my walls which was BORING so I went for a drastic change!  I found 6 yards of dark burlap for $6 at a local thrift shop and busted it out!
Close up!

Luckily the lamp shade is plastic that can be undone and laid flat.  So I took it off and laid it out on the burlap and traced it's shape (it slants out just a little so it was kind of bowed).  Then I made a sleeve of burlap to slip over it.  I didn't want to make it permanent because I knew the dark burlap would cut down on a lot of light which might not be appropriate in future use.  I sewed the burlap sleeve together and then I tested that the lamp shade fit in.  Pulled it back out, slid in some cardboard and then started painting in the vinyl stencil I cut out from my Silhouette.

I think it finally stands out in it's corner now!  It has some pop back there!  The walls in our new place are a light tanish and our new curtains are a green with hints of brown.  I am still thinking of doing brown slipcovers on the couches and then painting the wood end tables in a light blue.  I like green, blue and brown together but I'm afraid the green curtains aren't the right shade of green.... hmm who knows.  This picture doesn't do the curtains justice really.
So I did four stencils on the lampshade so you can see it from where ever you are sitting!  So I like it for now... but here is the fail ...

At night you can see the seam of the sleeve and the stencils don't show up that well since they aren't really solid.  Oops.  It works for now though.  There are so many big windows in our new place that we rarely have lights on!


  1. LaurelJune 3, 2011 2:34 PM

    Oh is this ever pretty! Great job.

  2. The Mommy TherapyJune 3, 2011 8:52 PM

    Great idea to really add some fun to the lamp. It would look great to just add some blue throw pillows to the couches so highlight the lamp shade. I love it! Really well done.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Link Up Party!

  3. AmandaJune 5, 2011 10:58 AM

    Like this alot! I have a few shades that are waiting for a re-do...this may work!

  4. Seriously MosesJune 7, 2011 10:30 AM

    This is super. I really enjoy your blog!

  5. idesignJune 7, 2011 11:26 AM

    i love simple projects that make a big difference :) found you over at sugar bee...stop by for a visit sometime


  6. lauren @ West Furniture RevivalJune 7, 2011 4:26 PM

    love the lamp shade it turned out beautiful.

  7. gailJune 9, 2011 5:30 PM

    very nice job! thanks for sharing at Catch as Catch Can.

  8. freckled laundryJune 9, 2011 7:57 PM

    Very pretty, Kaitlin! Thanks for linking with Air Your Laundry Friday! ~Jami

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