I threatened to do it. Every time I mentioned it, I’d follow up with… ‘I wanna try this again.’ Well, I came, I saw, I wrapped. Again.
After the transformation of my ombre lamp, I was curious about something more sisal-y. Rustic. Swinging through Home Depot last week, I grabbed a roll of sisal rope for $6. I was open-minded for things to sisal wrap, but this lamp for $5 seemed like it was too good to pass up (50% off the price tag). I know… one trick pony.
Here’s where I’ll throw you a fun little twist on this lamp makeover! In the past, I’ve just bought a new shade, but this time… no sir… DIY shade. Boom. I’m not sure that this shade ‘goes’ with the lamp. But they were together. And this shade seemed like a good refurbish candidate. (Again, 50% off so… $5.)
Let’s start with the shade. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t really take pics of the lamp portion because I did it EXACTLY like my ombre one… minus the Rit Dye.) First step for the shade was to pull off the current fabric. This one was a macdaddy job… sewn and glued and secure.
I wanted my fabric pattern to line up, so I covered this shade one side at a time. This is remnant fabric from JoAnn so I’m not sure what it’s called, but I love the flame stitch pattern. I cut my fabric an inch wider than the actual shade.
Starting from the top, I used hot glue to attach an inch or so of the fabric. I continued along the top making sure the fabric was pinched together around the wire of the lampshade. I applied a thin bead of hot glue along the underside of the wire and pinched the fabric one more time to make sure it was secure around the wire.
I repeated this whole song and dance along the bottom wire of the shade, and then again on either side making sure the fabric was pulled fairly taught. For the corners, I cut away the fabric so there wasn’t excess fabric. I have big ginormous sewing scissors so I couldn’t trim the fabric as close to the wire as I would like, but the closer and cleaner the cut, the better!
With one side covered, I moved over to the opposite side. If you’re playing along at home, my shade now has two sides covered, and two sides uncovered. For the last two sides, I glued the top and bottom like before, but I had to treat the sides a little differently because there was no wire to wrap around because of the fabric I’d already glued. I placed a very thin line of glue to effectively ‘hem’ the raw edge, and then I just glued this right around the corner of the shade being careful to keep the edge even. Next time I might iron these edges first to keep them super crisp. (If you have some fabric edging or cord or gimp, you could certainly use this to just cover the raw edge of your fabric and forget about the ‘hemming’ step.)
To review the lamp transformation… start at the bottom and slowly but surely use your hot glue gun to wind the sisal around the lamp. Be careful to squish your sisal against itself as you wrap so you won’t see the lamp between the cord.
A couple of hours later and…. This $10 lamp is hardly the one I brought home from Goodwill!
Quick review of before and after:
See how far you can get with $15?!
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