Do You Have An Old Lampshade Like This? You Won’t Believe What You Can Do To It (watch!)

I needed a new lampshade in the hallway and I really didn’t want to come out of pocket for a new one, and I opted to save an old one by giving it a do-over.

So, I went to a thrift store (find home decorating ideas) that was about two blocks up the street and perused for what felt like eternity (they had so many things in there!) until I saw the lampshade that would be mine just sitting on a shelf almost hidden by a giant box of paper plates. I asked the manager of the store to help me get it down and I jokingly asked for some home design tips to make it not so much of an eyesore, he said, you can have it for a dollar if it doesn’t disintegrate when I bring it down because it’s been there forever. I replied that I had some simple home decor ideas in mind for it and I would be glad to have it for a buck. Honestly, I thought I would have to at least spend about 15 dollars for a lampshade ALONE, but I scored a whole lamp for 1 dollar…hello! Can anyone say deal of the century? I bought a roll of rope (2 dollars) that was also at the thrift shop since I felt like I wanted to wrap the lampshade and tear off the accordion pleats that presently surrounded it and make it look like those upscale lamps that I see in my rustic home decor catalogs.

So, I get home with my prize and start the breakdown process, I carefully cut the old shade off and like the manager suggested the dry rot was very prevalent under the shade, but that I could fix with some sturdy cloth that was the same color of the lamp. I also tried removing the glass base from the shade, but it was attached quite firmly, and I felt that if I tried to remove it I might ruin the whole thing altogether, so the glass body stays untouched. With a damp cloth, I gently wiped away the dust and the dirt from the entire lamp and I begin my repairs on the holes which weren’t too bad once I got started. This was definitely one of my more creative home designs and all I could do was hope for the best. So now it was time to get my rope situated around the shade and I brought out in addition to my glue, some silver hair clips to keep the rope in place while I continuously looped the rope over the glue. I did this in small parts because to do it in larger spaces meant it could create more issues and it just wasn’t worth the stress, I recommend that when you are gluing your rope on to the lampshade use a thick glue, since the one I started with was too thin and the rope kept slipping off. Now that the roping was all completed, I began to sand the very base of the lamp (the picture shows how it looked before the paint job), I had some pinkish colored metallic paint that I wanted to use to finish the look of the lamp. This part was little annoying because I had to put at least 5 coats of paint on it to get a decent cover up, but I got it done and after all the work, my lamp looked like it could cost a million dollars! (smile)

Accordion pleated lampshade, clearly a 1960s home design!

Accordion pleated lampshade, clearly a 1960s home design!

So here it is…the way my lampshade looked prior to the makeover. It’s begging to be put out of its 1960s home design hell!

 

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How gorgeous and simple is the body of this lamp? | gorgeous home decor.

How gorgeous and simple is the body of this lamp? | gorgeous home decor.

Listen, I have so many plans for this lamp’s glass body (gorgeous home decor)! I am going to try and remove it from the shade and maybe put some designs on the inside of it.

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The lampshade wouldn’t budge no matter how hard I tried to separate it from the base. | DIY home design.

The lampshade wouldn't budge no matter how hard I tried to separate it from the base. | diy home design.

I wanted to redo the entire lamp (DIY home design) and that included the glass body, but it would not let me be great; so it stayed as it was.

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Like unwrapping a booby trap, I was so worried! | home decor design.

Like unwrapping a booby trap, I was so worried! | home decor design.

It had to be removed in order to get my home decor design idea started, and I took my time taking it off. I really was afraid that the entire thing would crumble to dust!

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Well folks, this is what dry rot looks like on my lampshade.

Well folks, this is what dry rot looks like on my lampshade.

Trust me I was a little edgy when I started seeing all the holes in my lampshade, but my anxiety slowly subsided after I finished repairing them with the cloth and glue.

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My brother suggested I re-wrap the shade with the pleated cover…sigh.

My brother suggested I re-wrap the shade with the pleated cover...sigh.

I don’t know where he came from with that idea but he was convinced that I needed to rewrap the shade with its original covering and even after I humored the kid and showed him how awful it would look, he’s still telling me that that is the intended look. Okay, buddy (laughs).

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No more interruptions! I brought out the rope and I was ready to begin wrapping.

No more interruptions! I brought out the rope and I was ready to begin wrapping.

I don’t know if I mentioned it before but I got this ball of rope for 2 dollars, if you shop around long enough you will find bargains like these.

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Glue application in process and I learned a lot about what not to do next time.

Glue application in process and I learned a lot about what not to do next time.

I tried this glue at first to begin wrapping the rope around the lamp and it kept sliding off the top because the glue was too thin.

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I am holding on for dear life wondering if I would get past the first row.

I am holding on for dear life wondering if I would get past the first row.

This was so frustrating right here, I am literally holding the rope hoping it dries so I can move on to another row.

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My hair clips have saved the day again and this time by holding the rope in place.

My hair clips have saved the day again and this time by holding the rope in place.

A genius idea was born out of a conundrum and that genius idea was using hair clips as a way to secure the rope to the lampshade so it could dry in its rightful place.

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Thicker glue was needed to get this roping act together once and for all.

Thicker glue was needed to get this roping act together once and for all.

I acquired some thicker glue for the rope to adhere better to the lampshade and I found that it worked perfectly well.

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Time to sand down the metal base and finish up this DIY project.

Time to sand down the metal base and finish up this diy project.

Definitely better than sanding down wood, it was quick and I didn’t break too much of sweat on this!

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But the painting I sweated more than I expected to!

But the painting I sweated more than I expected to!

Oh my goodness, I swear it took so long for this base to look painted, 5 coats after and I finally have some semblance of a decent base.

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Lamshade is all dried and I am removing my clips and checking out the workmanship!

Lamshade is all dried and I am removing my clips and checking out the workmanship!

I took the hairclips off and checked to see if there were any imperfections I had to address before I set the lampshade in its new place in the hallway. So far it looks perfect.

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My finished lampshade stands proudly in my home, looking all HGTV-ish (smiles)

My finished lampshade stands proudly in my home, looking all HGTV-ish (smiles)

I am really, proud of this DIY. I lucked out and completed it way, way under budget and it works great!

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