One of the projects for Eleanor’s art center that didn’t make the cut was this shabby chic lamp. If you recall, the amazing desk I found on Craigslist came with a pair of white lamps. I’m long on lamps so thought I’d experiment a bit with one of these in case there was room in the ‘studio’ for a table lamp.
The lampshades weren’t my style and I had this image stuck in my head from one of my Pinterest boards:
Unfortunately, my lamp shade didn’t have the right structure for weaving like this so I needed to improvise.
I wanted to keep it ‘rough’ and a little crafty since in theory it was going to be for a children’s art space. Following the lead of my Pinterest inspiration, I grabbed some of my fabric stock pile: in this case, old cotton shirts from Goodwill and a silk sari I bought on ebay. (And I would never pay full price… knock 50% off that price tag!)
Once I’d removed that gray fabric from the shade, I pulled the plastic drum off of the wire frame. I was left with two very separate pieces of wire lamp shade that needed to come back together in order to do me and my lamp any good… so how to get these two pieces back together. I considered using wire or altering the plastic that came with the shade, but ultimately I decided just to use the fabric somehow.
I measured the height of the lamp shade and cut my strips so that they were about 6″ longer than this and maybe 1″ thick.Working around the top rim of the shade, I tied one strip at a time in a simple knot.
Next, I tied each strip to the bottom ring of my lamp shade using the same simple knot technique. The measurements aren’t perfect so some strips are looser than others, but the contraption actually works.
I won’t ever use a high wattage bulb and the fabric is clear of the bulb itself by a good 6″, but I did pause for a minute to consider the safety of this DIY shade.
Sadly there’s no room for this lamp on the art desk, but it was a fun experiment. In hindsight, the shirts were the perfect weight fabric, but I’m not crazy about the overall color pallet … next time I’ll go to Goodwill first and hand select some brighter shirts.
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