Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Retro / Vintage, Romantic, Victorian / Steampunk, Traditional, Classic
Black and Creme Toile Linen, Black Decorator Trim, Lamp Shade Frame and ivory polyester knit fabric to cover metal struts,
What was your inspiration?
I'm decorating our 1893 Victorian Farmhouse in rural Wisconsin. I found a vintage lamp shade for $6 at a thrift shop. I started by removing the old, stained, tattered taffeta fabric down to the wire frame. Sand the wire frame with steel wool (be sure to wear filtered paper mask for any sanding you do). Wipe down frame after sanding and spray metal frame with clear coat of Rustoleum, and allow to dry overnight. Cut 1" strips of polyester knit fabric. Wrap the wire frame with the knit strips, securing with hand-sew stitches as you go. Overlay each section with toile fabric, hand-stitch fabric to wrapped frame and trim away excess fabric when section is stitched in place. Hot glue braided trim over hand-stitches. Mount shade temporarily on lamp base, and hot glue fancy fringe and ball trim around perimeter.
What are you most proud of?
I used two layers of trim to finish the lamp. One layer of fringe, and one layer ball trim. Tip: I took the toile covered lamp shade with me to Hancock Fabric, and auditioned several trims. This way I was able to try on different looks, and measure properly the yardage needed to trim the entire lamp.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
There are two different ways to cover a lamp shade and it depends on the shape of the frame. I'll post a couple more lamp shade covering projects so you can see how it's done. It takes patience to make lamp shade covers, but the results are great. You can do this, it easy.