Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lamp Shade Make Over

I was in need of a little side table lamp for the room I have been working on to use as my Victorian/Garden room.  On the weekends I usually have my cup of coffee first thing in the morning and use it as my quiet time to pray and read scripture to start off my day on a positive note.
 I found tucked away in the top of a closet a small, pretty ceramic lamp with lots of attacked ceramic flowers.

 To start with I just put one of my hats on top of it for the time being til I found a shade I liked.  I don't have much selection in the small town I live in so I thought maybe I could fix something I wanted myself.  Of course this is not the usual way I go as I'm not that crafty and would just a soon buy what I want.  I did find a simple shade at the local Walmart so thought I would start with that.

I tried it on the lamp and saw it was a bit short as it did not hide the metal part above the ceramic lamp.  So I'm thinking of using tassel to hang down long enough to serve the purpose.  I went to my Mom's (she is 92) to look through her large sewing supplies for something that would work.  I found in her supplies the lace trim that was used on my wedding gown from 1974.  The pretty green, floral lace above was used on my wedding dress and still looked great.  I'm thinking this will work to trim the top and bottom of the shade.

Okay, so I start with measuring and pinning the first lace to the lamp.  Being new at this I'm just kind of feeling my way through this.

 So now I have the idea of what I want but I need the tassel part.  So again I go to Walmart and find something that I like.  While I'm there I find this double sided adhesive tape for craft projects.  I'm sorry I did not think to keep the name of it.  When I saw it I thought that would be a better way to attach the trim to the shade than to sew it on. 

 I now had my tassel trim and proceeded to pin it to the bottom  of the lace trim in preparation to sew the two together.  I had used the two sided adhesive tape and attached the top trim to the shade.  

 I then proceeded to hand sew the tassel trim to the lace trim.

 Now I applied the two sided adhesive tape to the white and green lace trim and pressed it firmly to the lamp shade.

My finished project turned out quite well I think.

You can see the tassels hang down far enough
to cove the medal shaft above the
ceramic base of the lamp.

And I think it is very Victorian looking so fits with
the decor of the room.

 It makes my little corner a very 
delightful place to enjoy my coffee and tea.

And a good place to have my quiet time with the 

Now my Victorian/Garden room has another piece
added to it that helps to pull it all together.  It 
gives me an enjoyable room that I have had
fun working on.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my quiet place
and seeing my first project of this kind with
my cute Victorian lamp shade.

Blessings to you one and all!!

Today I am linking with:  Between Naps on the Porch -  Met. Monday
                                        Debbiedoos -  Newbie Party
                                        Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday 

§§§§§  Sue   §§§§§


  1. Oh, this is darling! What a wonderful job you've done on your lampshade! I need to do this to a few of mine! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Hi Sue! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower! :)

    I love what you've done w/the lampshade - perfect timing! I need to work on some lampshades.

    Also, I have a Victorian couch in my formal living room. I hope you're able to come back to my blog soon (I will be posting about it soon).

    Have a great day!


  3. Hi Sue,

    I love the Victorian era! I collect Fisher Girl prints.

    I love how you added the pretty ribbon and tassel trim on your lampshade.


  4. Hi Sue,
    I love the white and green lace you put on your lamp shade. You did a great job.
    Thanks for stopping by our blog today.
    Barb & Dell

  5. You'd never know it was the same lamp. You made it look so easy. I tried to just add ribbon to a drum shade and it looked awful. I'm your newest follower; found you via Kim.

  6. Hi Sue,
    Adore your lamp shade make over!! I always want to tackle a lamp shade, but mine NEVER seem to work out as loverly as your did! Mine end up looking like a hot glue mess!


  7. Hi Sue, I found your blog through Kim's and thought I would say hello, welcome you to blogging and tell you how lovely your blog is. I am "newly" back to blogging with a new blog after suffering a blogging slump for more then a year. It is lovely to be back and I look forward to finding new friends and lovely blogs to follow. many greetings from your new follower, Debby in Germany

  8. Sue,

    Your blog is gorgeous!!! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I look forward to visiting you again soon:).



  9. What a beautiful job! Love the trims you used! The tassel fringe is so fun and just perfect for the victorian lamp base. The lamp fits right into the room now. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party, and would love for you to link up anything you made/did/bought Before Blogging. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party.

  10. Sue,
    Lov what you did with the lamp shade. It isn't that hard after all, right? Hot gue also works well when added trims and fringe to lamp shades.
    Love your victorian garden room.


  11. What a cute makeover! Thanks for linking to the party at Share the Love Wednesday!