Since I started working on my office, I have been looking for a lamp to go on our desks with no success. I wanted a green lamp with a cute shade. I found a lamp at Target, but the shade was too plain for me. It was white with a small strip of green material at the bottom. I would’ve been ok with it, but I felt the price wasn’t right. Then, I tried to get a plain white shade that I could put fabric over. But, here is the kicker… If I was going to purchase this lamp shade to recover, I wanted to pay a small amount of money for it. Well, I had no luck with this method either. Then, all of a sudden, Desiree from The 36th Avenue posted about her fabric scraps lampshade. BINGO!
That was exactly what I was looking for. Plus, I had a lamp and shade that would work perfect for this project. Here is the lamp that got the revamp…
Step 1: I covered the top of the lamp with a plastic bag to avoid spray paint getting on the wiring.
Step 2: I primed the base of the lamp.
Step 3: I used Valspar’s Tropical Foliage spray
paint to cover the entire lamp.
(I ended up applying 3 coats of paint due to the detailing.)
Step 4: I ripped the fabric off the lamp shade
using my hands and scissors.
Step 5: I applied primer to the lamp shade base.
Step 6: I applied red spray paint to the lamp shade base.
(I ended up applying two coats.)
Step 7: I purchased five fat quarters of fabric from
(pink and green dot stripes by Robert Kaufman, red chevron by Riley Blake, green circles by Robert Kaufman, kelly green remix dots by Robert Kaufman, & garden remix stripes by Robert Kaufman)
Step 8: I cut small pieces of each type of fabric.
(approximately 1 inch wide and 3 inches long)
Step 9: I applied the strips randomly on the lamp shade base.
A look at the final product!
I ended up having to spray paint the top knob too. I painted it Valspar’s Gloss Frosty Berry.
Before and After