Another Lamp Transformation

I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, but have never been brave enough. I first saw it in the Park City Parade of Homes 3 years ago and thought it looked so cool but never tried it. Then I saw that Beth did something really similar and that helped me get up the nerve. This is how the little lamp on my desk looked yesterday. I don’t love it.

I wanted a naked shade, down to the metal form.

So I peeled the trim off and the lining out.

Then took scissors and cut the rest of the material off. 

Here’s the naked shade.

Hmm, don’t love it.

Maybe if I change the base? Nope, still don’t love it.

What if I spray paint the shade form black? Better, but….you know.

What about twine? I’ve put twine on bottles, vases, frames, wreaths, letters and around flowers. Why not shades? First I tied a knot and added a drop of super glue.

Then I just started wrapping. I tried to space it pretty evenly as I went around. I wrapped the twine 3 times in each area (between the wires) of the shade.

Once I had it spaced how I wanted, I started at the beginning and made them all tighter so it wouldn’t slip. Then I tied the beginning and end together and added a drop of super glue.

She’s pretty snazzy now. I don’t know how much twine I used. I just cut a really long piece off the roll and started wrapping.

What do you think? Now, I love it!!!

It’s hard to take a picture of it with the light turned on, but here you go.

I’m liking to:

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Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

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{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Sonya August 11, 2010, 7:10 am

    I’ve been wanting to try one of the new lampshades with a “see through” look! I like your rustic take on it! Great job!

  • Creative Decor by Brooke August 11, 2010, 7:13 am

    Very creative idea. I love the shadows in creates on the wall when it is on. Great job.

  • Julie August 11, 2010, 6:58 pm

    Wow! This is so similar to the lamp shade I did last weekend! I posted about mine here:

  • Roeshel August 15, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Cool! I have a lamp project in the works and now I’m inspired to do something cool with the shade too! Thanks for the inspiration. Great job! Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade!

    Have a great week!

  • Beth@A2Z August 16, 2010, 11:48 pm

    It looks fabulous! Thanks for the shout out :).

  • marlis August 17, 2010, 11:27 am

    Love the new look you gave your lamp. Been wanting to do that with some seam binding, but have neither the right lamp nor the right shade… cool.

  • Betsy August 22, 2010, 7:52 am

    I love this idea. I have so many lamp shades that need something different and special. Great transformation.

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