A Quick Project

Let’s face it, friends.  Knitting can be a slow process.  This is one of the things I find both satisfying and infuriating about it!  So when I get to do a different craft or project that is finished the same day I begin, it blows my mind.

Our new place has no overhead lighting in the living room, so we needed to come up with a relatively inexpensive lighting solution.  I had grand visions of something from Restoration Hardware or Crate & Barrel, but ended up grabbing two $20 lamp-in-a-box sets at Target instead.  The bones were good: chrome pedestal with a clean white drum shade and a cute pull chain.  I immediately planned on finding some great graphic fabric and recovering the shades.

The shade circumference is 36 inches, so I was able to get both shades out of one yard.  I used some recycled packing paper to trace a loose pattern and set about cutting.  There is a slight curve, which I didn’t think about when choosing fabric; the motif won’t line up!  No worries–there’s a back side to any hand-made project, right?


I applied some spray adhesive to the shade and smoothed on the fabric in small sections.  It was at this point that I realized I should have ironed the fabric, but it was too late.  After the glue was dry, I trimmed the fabric so there was about 1/4″ on each side of the shade.  I then sprayed the adhesive onto the back of a pre-measured length of bias tape and applied it to the front of the shade.  Then I folded it over and hot glued the rest to the inside of the shade.  Any excuse to get out my hot glue gun!

And voila!  Two snazzy, custom lamps for under $50.

12 thoughts on “A Quick Project

  1. Wow, they look better than the store bought ones 🙂 It is always a satisfying feeling when something turns out the way you want it to.

  2. Cute! (And good timing for me–we have a lamp on the verge of needing replacement, and I’d like the new one to be more interesting than the current one.)

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