Monday, October 18, 2010

Mini Lamp Shades Transformed

I have a wall sconce for sale at the boutique that I purchased at a yard sale with two mini shades for $5. When I bought it, it was black iron, but Mr. Rubbish spray painted it heirloom white for me (before he quit). I added a glaze that I made by mixing some brown acrylic paint with water and then distressed it. This wall sconce was one of the first items that I took to the shop. Recently, a customer bought the two mini shades on the sconce for a light she had at home. My poor wall sconce was left naked.

It does not look very pretty here. I am sure it does not help that the wall color looks exactly the same as the color of the sconce.

Luckily, I had two crystal-trimmed, yet plain, shades from another garage sale that I decided to recover in the same cabbage rose fabric that I used for this rectangular shade. I find it easiest to cut and glue each section for these wire lamp shades, otherwise it is difficult to keep the pattern straight. The cylinder shades are definitely easier and less time consuming because you just have to glue one piece around. I used a linen-colored trim for the top and bottom and covered the seams with folded fabric strips.





Here they are - perfect for my wall sconce and hopefully for a new home soon!



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12 comments:

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I love the little shades you made...makes such a difference, really very pretty! I would love to see a tutorial on how you just make the basic one. I was going to give it a shot for my redone chandy and would love your input first.

Kelli said...

Love Them!! I need some of that fabric! They are beautiful!

High Street Cottage said...

It's gorgeous, I have covered shades myself, measuring by rolling the shade around the center of the fabric, but with those little chadie shades, I really like the cutting the shapes for each section, it's a great tip. The sconce is fabulous too!

Emily said...

Sad to hear that Mr. Rubbish quit! And, the shades are beautiful...as per usual!

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Thank you all for visiting my blog and leaving me lovely comments! Your comments make my day!

Sue, I think I will do a tutorial Tuesday this week or next showing how to cover a basic shade. Thanks for the idea!

Emily, Mr. Rubbish did not quit completely, he just quit spray painting:)

kyleesue said...

LOVE IT!!!

Deborah said...

So pretty Amanda!
Love the fabric you chose!!
It looks fabulous...

Deborah xo

Pamela said...

How very pretty!

MiniBinoy said...

woww!! very pretty!!u r full of great ideas Amanda!

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