Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I love me some lamp!

Okay people I have to admit I have a thing for lamps and lamp shades...however, I do not like to pay a lot of money for them. I have found when I pay a lot for any type of decoration I later feel guilty for wanting to make changes to it which halts my creative process. This is one reason I adore craigslist! If you ask the hubs I have been known to swap a shade, wrap it, cover it etc... so it was no surprise when he came home from work one day last week and found this old shade covered in yarn.

So I decided today to make a change to a lamp that has been driving my eyes crazy! It just seemed too harsh for our space. So I went to TJ Maxx and spent $10 on a clearance shade to jazz up the shape a bit.... The hubs then sprayed the base with my favorite gold metallic spray paint (which sounds tacky but I LOVE it surprisingly) and I decided to wrap the new shade with yarn like I did last week (but this time with a different color scheme). The lamp is currently in my living room but will be making it's way to my bedroom eventually which is why I picked pink,cream and grey yarn. I have the "how to" in picture form below...

All you need is a shade, scissors & yarn. You begin by tying a knot around the center support of the lamp on the inside and then you start to wrap it inside out, up and down the shade. If you want to change colors then  tie a knot in the current color on the inside and then tie another knot where the colors meet, then begin to wrap again with the new color. Be sure and count how many times you wrap each color around so that your pattern is consistent. Every time you switch colors you must knot it on the inside of the shade when you start and stop the color. When you are finished wrapping it will look crazy on the inside of the lamp, thank goodness no one will see that part! I then decided to add a grey outline to the cream and pink stripes so I knotted it inside the shade and just wrapped it around the parts I wanted outlined and then finished by tying it to the inside strings. You can build as many colors as you want! Have fun with it! I know that this probably sounds confusing but I hope the pictures really convey how to do this, it really is simple. Here is what the base looked like before we sprayed it and also the spray paint I used...
and here are the after pictures of the shade and lamp...

It may not be in the look that matches your home but that is the beauty of this. It would look amazing in any could do black and white stripes, grey and yellow or even one solid color and it would just add texture to your space. Don't be afraid to try it. I would love to see any pictures of your own lamp shades before and after!


  1. Love it! I'm going to try this out on my little tiny lamp shades on an overhead chandelier. The shades are BORING. I think this is just what they need.

  2. That's a great idea Debra! I would love to see some before and after photos ;.)

  3. I made one and posted it today. Thanks for the inspiration!

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