Give New Life to a Lamp Shade

My little sister went back up to college yesterday, but before she left we did a bit of thrifting for her new apartment. Hands down, the best find was a perfect vintage yellow ginger jar at Goodwill for about $4. We used some of the fabric left over from this ottoman slipcover project to dress up an inexpensive and plain drum shade from Walmart. Then we glued cream bias tape along the top and bottom rims to cover up the unfinished edges of the fabric.


I love it and wish I had kept the lamp for myself!

PS The very talented Janell from Isabella and Max Rooms recently posted a super thorough tutorial on covering lamp shades with fabric. Check it out here.

34 comments:

sophie isabelle said...

oh man, i covet that lamp! it's so bright and cheery. :)

Fran said...

Love the shade with the lamp. I found the exact same lamp at goodwill too and it is not sitting in my bedroom!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

I love ginger jar lamps they are so classic and that shade is fabulous.

Flick, said...

It's stunning, you did a great job! It will certainly brighten up the apartment. I am loving that bright yellow at the moment!
:) Flick

The Robin's Nest said...

That is beyond cute! I love it. I think I am inspired to do something similar.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

This lamp is crazy adorable and the colors, just fabulous! Thanks for the mention!! Janell

paula said...

looks gorgeous!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

It looks great. Love that fabric! I used it my dining room, which is almost, almost finished and ready for a reveal.

Hope you are enjoying your time at home with family!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

It looks great!

Angie said...

Oh I wish I could keep the lamp too!! ;)

pve design said...

Sunny lamp and cheery shade! Makes me smile!!!!
pve

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

that is just too adorable! I love the personality it brings to your little vignette!

Sarah (Matters of Style) said...

Looks great! Word to the wise- I tried painting stripes on a lampshade once. It looked fab when the light was off... but when you turned it on, it was AWFUL. The stripes changed from light blue to army green- eek! So I will stick with your fabric suggestions:)

Casey@HelloLove said...

Adorable lamp! That would do a great job brightening up an apartment or dorm room!

Joi said...

That is gorgeous! Great makeover. : )

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Great makeover....looks fabulous.

Lila said...

It's totally cute! I would've loved to have something zhush up my dorm at college!
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Laura@JourneyChic said...

I've got leftovers of that very same fabric!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

What a great sister she has :) I am sure it will add some cheer to her apartment!

Lindsay Edward said...

That lamp is ADORABLE! You could've have found a more perfect yellow. I'm in love.

Dina said...

I keep wondering WHEN in the world you have time for all of your awesome projects and thrifting with 3 little ones?! I just had my first and can't even imagine!
Love the lamp, and that dresser!
~Dina

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

genius! now i want to go scour my local goodwill.

The Modern Beehive said...

I love the lamp! I love those fun little finds that become a favorite in a room. And yesterdays post reminded me that I have a beautiful set of spoons from my husbands grandmother that I should display. Very sorry about your grandmother.

Jill said...

seriously.

everything you touch turns to gold!

love.

Kim at Yellow Brick Home said...

Beautiful fabric, beautiful lamp! Perfection.

Hello Lover... said...

I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing that fabric!

Michelle said...

ahhh I love it!!!

prashant said...

Love the shade with the lamp.
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Lindsey Tollefson said...

Thanks for posting this! I've been staring at an old lamp shade for the last few weeks, trying to decide what to do with it...paint it or cover it with fabric? I'm still on a hunt for fabric, but I think you have me convinced that is the way to go.

My Fashionable Affair said...

I want that lamp its adorable and just brightens up the room.

Anonymous said...

So love it!
What type of adhesive did you use?

kalanicut said...

Fantastic find and even better shade makeover! I have two silver lamps I bought at Target a million years ago that have been in a closet for a while. You've inspired me to bring them out and spruce them up.

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it's a HAPPY lamp it will surely brightens anybody's day.

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