So here's my old lamp that was in my craft room. I don't even know where I got it...I think it was in my grandparents' house, it got passed down to my parents, sat in their basement for 10 years, and then I took it.
Anyway, it's the perfect size for the room, but the ugly off white shade was just not right. I wanted a bright red to match the bedding.
Solution? Spray paint...or so I thought. It did NOT work well and I didn't get the bright red I wanted.
Plan B was to cover the shade in red fabric. First, I wanted to make sure the fabric was ironed. Any wrinkles in the fabric will never be able to be fixed once it's on the shade.
Then I spread the fabric on a flat surface and slowly rolled the shade around the fabric.
I traced the outline of the shade. Yeah, yeah, still using my pen to write on fabric, but I promise I have real fabric pencils now too! It's a bad habit to break!
Then once I had the outline drawn, I enlarged the shape by 1 inch on each edge so there would be extra to wrap around the inside of the shade.
I cut out the fabric and slowly wrapped it around the shade. Using tacky glue, I wrapped the edges of the fabric to the inside of the shade and glued. It worked best to only do a few inches at a time.
After each section, I let the glue dry. If it works better, use paper clips or binder clips to keep the fabric from moving while it dries.
When the shade was completely wrapped, I folded over the edge to give the overlapped area a finished look. Then I glued the edge closed.
And here's my finished lamp!
It was super easy, took less than an hour, and only cost me a couple bucks for the fabric!
The red fabric could not match any better!