covered lampshade

Years ago I bought white paper lampshades from Ikea with the intention of decorating them (yeah, that almost never happened). After I painted the bedroom, they were certainly the ugliest bits in it so they needed a makeover. I did not take photos along the way, but I can describe the easy process here:

I used wrapping paper to make a template by rolling the shade and marking its edges with a marker. It will make a big C shape. Then, I added about an inch or so to either side so I could fold it over the edge, and I cut the paper accordingly. Laying it on top of the fabric I had stashed, I could then cut the piece of cloth I needed. I used spray adhesive on the material and carefully rolled the lampshade over it. That was a little tricky and I wish I had left more than an inch for the overlap. I could not align the shade in exactly the same angle as before – and since the fabric was tacky with glue, I couldn’t easily reposition it. But, in the end, it worked great!


It is just meant to be something fun for now. Eventually (soon, actually), Boy and I will be moving into another room so we can rip out the floor of our current bedroom (similar to my kitchen woes). Can’t wait for that to begin….not. I’m not sure how I will redecorate the future bedroom, and that will include adding a closet and eventually a master bath. Lots of changes happening around here!

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