We Tried a DIY Lamp Shade Kit and Here's the End Result

We Tried a DIY Lamp Shade Kit and Here's the End Result

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Melissa DiRenzo
Mar 17, 2015
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If you love vintage decor, specifically vintage lamps, I'm about to make your day. I find so many great lamps in my vintage hunting but I had to start passing them by because as much as I love them, it drives me absolutely nuts trying to find the right updated shade for them. Finding the right shape and size gives me grey hairs. Then I discovered i like that lamp and their DIY Lamp Shade Kit. It was time to take my beautiful turquoise vintage lamps out of storage and give them a shade makeover and new spot in my space. Keep reading for my review and experience with the kit.

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I found these two Blue Mountain Pottery-inspired lamps years ago but after many failed attempts and finding a narrow and tall drum shade, I put them in storage.

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The DIY Lamp Shade kit comes with everything you need to make your own shade, minus the fabric. You can have some real fun with fabric, or just keep it neutral like I did with some off-white linen. I do recommend a fabric that's at least 50% natural fiber and not stretchy.

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Overall I found the process fairly simple if you have any kind of DIY experience. I think a beginner DIYer can handle it, but it just may take a bit more time. Regardless of your experience, a little patience goes a long way. The kit comes with really clear illustrated instructions and all the little tools you need. Here's a few photos of my process.

TIP: I recommend that you take the time to iron your fabric really well. Use tape/clamps/pins to secure one end of your fabric to your surface to allow you to pull the fabric as you slowly roll out the adhesive backing to create a smooth application.

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Then you trim the fabric and use clips (provided) to wrap the shade in place around the top & bottom settings.

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Then take your time to neatly glue the edges down and that's pretty much it. If you're not the neatest, you can add a piece of trim or ribbon over the glued edge for a clean look. Let it dry overnight with the clips in place and then you have your new custom shade!

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I couldn't be happier with the results and I'm so happy that I finally get to enjoy these vintage lamps. I highly recommend the DIY Lamp Shade Kit if you're looking to give some new love to an old beauty.

Use the helpful measuring guide to figure out what custom size you'll need before ordering your kit.
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