Here are the buffet lamps that are just little accents for the wonderful artwork that adorns my friends dining room walls. They just add a little extra sparkle.... (click on photo to enlarge and see a closeup of the bookcases) Do you see the cat in the bottom left bookcase? Next time you're thinking of getting rid of that old lamp, think again. A new lampshade with some glitz and sparkle may be all it needs. If you're looking for other Thrifty ideas pop on over to Thrifty Thursdays and see what everyone is talking about. On Friday stop by two sites that are filled with all kinds of things.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Well it's Transformation Thursday and Do it Yourself Day, so I want to share with you may latest Do it yourself Transformation. Last week I got to spend the afternoon with a sweet friend who is a talented artist. She has blessed me with her painting talent and now I had the opportunity to return the favor. I was thrilled to do something for her. She had two buffet lamps that were beautiful, but the lampshades needed an update. Below is the lamp. While you are looking at the lamp take a look at the bookcases...Wonderful old books don't you think? NOT really... That's my friends wonderful artwork. The book cases and all the books are hand painted to look like real books. Isn't her work beautiful...
So out with the RED lampshade.... Let the transformation begin. Let me share with you some basic steps, so that you too can change your old lampshade into a custom, one of a kind lamp with lots of glitz!
First remove all the bias tape. You can just tear it off. Be careful. If it's hard to remove steam it a bit, this will soften up the glue. After the bias tape is removed, carefully cut away the face fabric. You will need to use this as a pattern so take your time. Be careful not to cut the lining. It isn't pretty, but just wait and see..... Here are the fabrics I selected for the new look. I have a wonderful stash of scrap fabric from my drapery business. The trim was a find at Hobby Lobby. This is the entire face fabric after I cut it off the lampshade. Cut one section off of the entire piece. This will be your pattern.
When cutting your new fabric, make sure you add 1/2 inch all the way around.
This lampshade required 4 pieces of each fabric. (There were 8 sections)
Use a HOT glue gun (not low temperature) to glue the first section on. Glue it directly to the metal ribs of the lampshade.
Trim away excess fabric and then glue the next section of fabric in place.
Continue until you have completed the entire lamp.
Just add some beaded trim around the bottom and finish it off with the gimp trim. I just love how the crystals on the trim shimmer in the light!
Posted by Creations from my heart at 8:21 PM