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

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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Accordion pleated lampshade, clearly a 1960s home design!

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)

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