DIY Recovered Lamp Shade

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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

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I really had my heart set on some swing arm pendant lamps for the bedroom but I couldn’t bring myself to pay upwards of 200 bucks for a pair of lights.  Ikea to the rescue!

ikea lamp shade

free farrow and ballinspiration and color guide and wallpaper samples with arrow

At $15 per lamp (including the bulb—can’t beat that deal!) I knew I could find a way to bring some elegance to lamp shade.  I picked out a lattice wallpaper from the samples I had ordered from Farrow and Ball.

stripped lamp shade

lamp shade template

taping wallpaper to lamp shade

I started by removing the existing lamp shade fabric then creating a template out of newspaper before cutting into my wallpaper.  I used double sided tape for the whole project.  I wanted something less permanent because I think ultimately I’ll end up mod podging some fabric to the shades.

painting lamp shade ribbon
After cutting my wallpaper and taping it to the plastic shade, I painted the ribbon I had saved from the original lamp shade covering.  It finished up the edges nicely and added some welcomed contrast.

An easy lamp shade redo from

Before putting the new lamp shades on, I moved the lights above our headboard instead of keeping them on the sides.  Not only was the move one of utility but I think it leaves more space to create a soft vignette on the two night stands.

After I had the lamps in place, I used white duct tape to cover the cord (I keep finding reasons why I love our white walls!).

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About Jennifer

Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home.

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