Pretty Quick: 10 Minutes + $10 = A Lamp Makeover

6 Jun

So last night was kind of a DIY whirlwind.

What started out as a plan to hang a mirror in the living room (more on that later) turned into an hour of table vignette arranging. The surfaces reflected in said mirror need to look pretty, right?

Well, I realized I had the perfect lamp base for the table, but the shade…not so much.

lamp before

It was then I remembered this little guy I picked up awhile back from Michael’s for $9.99:


It’s a self-adhesive lampshade, made to be easily covered with fabric of your choice (hopefully your choice doesn’t include the questionable selections pictured on the label).

It’s a bit gimmicky, but I took it for a spin and I’m pretty happy with the results.

First, I snagged this old linen curtain I’d been hanging on to for several years. (Tip: Don’t throw away curtains! Even if they don’t work in your house, the fabric can still be used.)

curtain fabric

sticky lampshade


After peeling off the label, I taped it to the fabric to use as a pattern. I traced roughly an inch around the pattern on the top and the bottom to allow for tucking behind the lampshade.

The, I got to sticking.


I wasn’t so sure about this guy at this point, but I kept working. After all, it was free and Law and Order SVU was on.


I used tacky glue to stick the extra fabric inside of the lampshade. The paint brush helped me to keep the glue in line.

rubber band

The shade ring was a little big for my lamp base, so to make it secure I wrapped two thick hairbands around it before adding the shade.

Here’s the finished product!

lamp after

lamp after 2

Pretty cute, I think! It’s certainly not the most exquisite lamp I’ve seen, but it works to add some height to the table (which you may recognize as my curbside find! )

I might move around some items on the table – it feels a tad bit crowded – but for right now the other items displayed are:

  • Two glass light fixtures found in an antique store in Savannah, TN. These originally hung in a plantation home and were salvaged before the home was sadly torn down. I love their texture and found them for a steal ($36 for the pair!). I plan to hang them one day, but for now, they’ll stay tabletop. They’re actually the same height, but the second one is on a block to add some dimension.
  • My great-grandmother’s tea set from Japan. No, she wasn’t Japanese, but she visited there and brought these home with her. My grandmother gave the pieces to me last year and I treasure them. The colors and patterns are incredibly intricate and they look almost modern. There’s two larger pieces also for which I’ve yet to find a home.
  • Garden Lily jar candle from Target

Have you ever used a self-adhesive lampshade? What’s the most gimmicky home decor item you’ve used? (I know people who swear by this one!)

6 Responses to “Pretty Quick: 10 Minutes + $10 = A Lamp Makeover”

  1. Sarah June 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    So cute! I love this idea!

    • Katie June 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

      Thanks! It was so easy!

  2. Linda June 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    I love it . It’s all coming along!

  3. EveMarieR June 12, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Very cute! I love the use of elastics to make the shade fit.

    • Katie June 12, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Thanks Eve!

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