DIY Project: Taking a Lampshade from Drab to Fab

Nesting Newbies

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Do you have a lamp that provides light but no pizazz? Is it time to give that lamp a little pick me up? While perusing the fairly new online shelter magazine Nesting Newbies, we came across this quick and easy way to update a lamp by transforming a blah lampshade with fabric and ribbon.

Diane Phillips, a Martha Stewart like craft maven, created these easy to follow step-by-step instructions that ensure fantastic results. Full instructions for the lamp DIY can be found at Nesting Newbies: Drab to Fab (pages 118-121). In the meantime, here are a few tips to think about before you get started:

• Straight lamp shades work best, but all shapes (rectangular, oval and barrel) of shades will give great results.

• If the lamp shade you are recovering is heavily patterned, it's best to cover with a layer of muslin before covering with the new fabric. This will ensure that the old pattern won't show through when the lamp is on.

• Have fun with the textures and patterns of the fabric and ribbon. If an all over pattern for the shade is too much, look for a solid fabric and a patterned ribbon to finish off the project. (The fabric Diane used was by Thomas Paul.)

(Image credits: Diane Phillips / Nesting Newbies)