Drab to Fab: Recovering a Lampshade with Fabric

Hello everyone! :) I should be doing edits to my thesis right now, but instead I've spent a lazy Sunday afternoon editing vacation photos on Picnik. J and I spent a lovely week at Masanutten resort in Virginia, and we just got back yesterday. Although we had an amazing week, we are glad to be back with the pups! 

Before I move onto the point of this post, check out this gorgeous view atop Bearfence Mountain:
Bearfence Mountain - Shenandoah National Park, VA
Breathtaking, isn't it? Okay, moving on...
Today I'm going to show you another lampshade makeover. (Perhaps you have seen my first lampshade recovering project here.) 

Here is the before:
It's just a plain white lampshade that I got from Target for, I think, $12-14. This lampbase has worn a lot of different shades in its day. If my memory serves me, I have switched out the lampshade with various ones around the house about 5 times in the last 2 years. Nothing was working, so that's why I decided to buy this one.

I have a recovering-a-lampshade-with-fabric tutorial here, in case you are interested. 

Here is the after!
I used home decor fabric from Joann's. I bought it over a year ago, so I don't recall the price. It only took maybe 1/4 yards of fabric. Not bad at all!

What do you think of the before and after?
I like it a lot more! I'm not 100% thrilled with the edges, however. I wasn't as careful as I was the first time I recovered a lampshade. Oh well...I still like it! I'm just happy that it adds a pop of color in the corner of the room where the walls are renter's white.  :)

Have you recovered a lampshade before? Any other lamp projects? 

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
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  1. This looks beautiful!
    PS. I'm sorry I haven't been around in a long time -- I'm enjoying catching up on posts I've missed :)

  2. Love this idea...looking around right now to see what I can cover! STickhorse Cowgirl C

  3. Looks beautiful ... not only the lamp but your cushion is also fab...
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  4. So nice to meet you! I found you this morning from sweet Heathers site and your lampshade post caught my attention since I have been doing a few projects with them myself.
    Yours turned out really pretty. What a difference color brings into our life.
    Looking forward to being one of your many followers

  5. love it! I am looking through my fabric to see if I have any on hand to recover the lamp in my bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  6. i just attempted covering a lamp shade in my lounge. yours look great mine ended up a bit of a bodge job and ended up with burns from my glue gun. i wish id read your tutorial first lol.

  7. I just love it! It brings a relaxed, comforting mood to the corner too. I could just curl up in that chair and say Ahhhhhh!!! Great job.

  8. I love it! And I love the green pillow too. Great job as usual girl!

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  9. It adds the splash of colour that corner needs, it's very pretty and feels "alive" now! Really nice!!

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  11. I found your blog post after doing a google search! So happy I did!! :) I LOVE your lampshade!! And the first one as well! I have a question, did you just use the regular Matte Mod Podge?? I am going to attempt this project on a shade for my daughters bedroom! Thanks in advance for any help!

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