Sorry for such a dark picture. This mini-lamp now sits in my son's room, and I snapped this picture right before his bedtime (it's the last unfinished lamp from the set).
So at first I decided to add at least a little bit of color and painted the base of the lamps this lovely turquoise. I did it like a year ago :
It was OK but it never felt finished for me. Then last week I discovered a new-to-me and my now favorite store- Hancocks Fabrics. I swear, I spent 2 hours there just walking the aisles and falling in love with their choices. I ended up buying these:
Aren't these lovely? As soon as I saw these fabrics, I knew what I wanted to do with them. I decided to make new shades for our lamps. It was my first time ever. Here's what I did. It is a no-sew project. Instead, I used fabric glue, spray adhesive and a double-sided iron tape. That's it! First, I removed all the trim off of the original shades:
Then I rolled and traced each shade on fabric and added some more space for folding (I just noticed that I made this picture before I actually removed the trim. Oops...)
Sometime during the process I got a little helper to assist me too :)
So I cut out my fabric, sprayed the shade lightly with the adhesive and wrapped fabric around it tightly smoothing all the imperfections and leaving extra hanging on the top and the bottom. I then wrapped the extra fabric around the edges and used fabric glue to attach it. Then I cut out the new trim and added double-sided tape inside:
I again used my trusted fabric glue to attach it and also cloth pins for better adhesion:
And here's the finished lamp. What do you think?
I love it!! And what's even better is that Hubby loves it too!! :) I also made a few pillows to add some color to the couches too:
I never know how to make pictures of pillows! I made two of these blue ones to add to a couple of blue and brown that we already had.
I really enjoyed this inexpensive and easy project. For about $15 total for three new shades- you just can't beat that! Eventually we want to get some bigger and "chunkier" lamps but for now I love what we've got. And I just can't wait to start working on a new DIY adventure!!
I'm linking this project to milkandcuddles.com , www.familyhomeandlife.com and www.gingersnapcrafts.com Wednesday linking parties. Check out other awesome projects there!