I found this bland lamp at a yard sale for $2. I am currently on the hunt for lamps because I have so many shades stocked up at home.
I wanted to whitewash this lamp instead of painting because the finish had such nice texture and I wanted some of that to show through.
I whitewashed the lamp by thinning some of my white paint with water. I brushed the mixture on and then wiped it off. I applied a brown glaze after whitewashing and the final color turned out to be a grayish-white.
The owner of Blessings Boutique, Sherry, knows that I like to recover lamp shades and she generously gave me a few of her self-adhesive shades to try. This was my first time using one of these and it was so much easier than recovering a regular lamp shade. I didn't even know these existed! I loved how the adhesive held the fabric in place as I wrapped it around the shade. I still applied a little hot melt glue to the top and bottom edges and then attached a mini-ruffle trim.
Another thing that made this lamp shade easier to recover is that the paper comes off and becomes the pattern for cutting out the fabric. I usually have to trace the shade onto paper as I roll it along to make my own pattern, like I did here. The self-adhesive shade saved me sooo much time!
Here is my finished lamp and shade at the boutique, ready for a new home.
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