Monday, April 18, 2016

Custom Shade For Thrift Store Lamp

When I redid our bedroom last year I liked everything except the lamps.  Since the dresser is used as a nightstand on my side of the bed and it is taller than the actual nightstand on hubby's side, lamps were a problem.   Now it may not make any difference to anyone else, but I like for the lamp shade heights to be similar.  With matching lamps the one on the dresser made the one on the night stand seem off scale to me. and way too short.  I looked in my stash and found I had one candlestick lamp that would work and one regular lamp that I could redo.

This is the thrift store lamp that I made over with a little paint and gilding.  I added an oval shade for some interest and to coordinate with the other lamp.  Try an unusual shape for some added interest to your lamps.  It makes every lamp look more expensive.

This is the candlestick lamp I had in my stash.  I updated it with this oval shade. This oval column shade definitely elevates the lamp a notch, so pretty.

Not bad, but I think they can look better.  (I really want to find another lamp base for the dresser, I just haven't figured out what I want.)

A little custom trim is one more detail that helps to give the lamps a more expensive look.  There are all kinds of trim that people use - tassel trim - ribbon and patterned trims.

I chose a beige/camel color 2 1/2 inch greek key trim that I found at Hobby Lobby.  It took 2 1/2 yds for the two shades - $18.  That's only $9 a shade and it definitely makes a difference.

 I tried two different ways of adding the hot glue.  I started out this way - --

but decided that this worked better.  This kept the top and bottom of the trim glued down all the way around.  

I cut off the end, folded it under and hot glued it in place, pressing it nice and flat.  This is the backside of the shade so it doesn't show anyway.

 I love the difference it makes.  This small step takes a simple lamp and turns it into something special.

See how pretty it looks when the light is on too.

Now I don't even dislike this lamp so much.

 I really like the greek key design, it goes so well with the rest of my decor.

I think this was definitely worth the $18 and the 15 minutes it took to do them.

So what do you think?   I added trim to my Living Room lamps here, and my chandy shades here.   Do you trim out your shades or remake them?

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  1. It truly does take the lamp up a notch! Great work Marty!

  2. Marty, I love adding the Greek key trim. Such a great idea.

  3. I am getting ready to redo my bedroom....did you write a post on that?

    1. Yes, you can see my complete make - over and all the tutorials here - - -

  4. Hi Marty! They look outstanding and the trim truly does take it all up a notch. Jane

  5. Love it! You've gotten me crushing on Greek key trim! You also might slip a book under the lamp on DH's side and then the lamps would be at the same level at the top.

  6. Hi Marty! I just love the extra specialness the trim adds to your lampshades! You're so good at knowing just what to do! Thank you for popping in and sharing the joy for our little Carter. I so appreciate your prayers, Marty!
    You are a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. That looks great! I love to embellish lampshades.

  8. Love your update! Made such a difference. Great job!


  9. love odd lamps in a room. i wrapped 3 previously read books in burlap leftover from a fall project and stacked them to make my lamp taller. quick to make, the lamp is the perfect height and it didn't cost a thing.

  10. Wow! The trim really jazzes them up! Gorgeous!

  11. You did a great job with the lamp shade trim---so pretty. I love how you think like this.

    My daughter has two different nightstands and they added 2 X 4's on the shorter one to sit on and make them both the same height. Genius!


  12. Gorgeous, Marty! I sometimes use books to elevate lamps and am just like you with wanting bedside lamp heights to be symmetrical. Your lampshade trim looks so nice. I haven't tried hot glue but use double-stick tape because I know I'll change things out frequently. Lol

  13. I'm like you - it would drive me nuts if the lamps were not even! Love the redo, that trim is lovely!

  14. Marty, what a beautiful idea! I love your lamps new look. xxx Maria

  15. Marty- your lamps are fabulous!
    Thank you for the hot glue tip because I tend to make a mess.
    I love the Greek key design of the trim you selected.
    Everything is perfect!

  16. First of all I love that lamp on your dresser! It is beautiful and now with the lampshade all trimmed out, FABULOUS! That trim is perfect! Well worth the little time and money!!!

  17. Grecian key design is classic...excellent choice to dress up your lamp shades! xoxo

  18. Marty, I love the trim you added. What a great idea!

    Lamps are the hardest thing to get just right. I'm always on the hunt for something a little different that doesn't cost $100+.

    We've had the same lamps in our bedroom for 16 years because they are just the right shape and size. I've replaced the shades but other than that they are keepers!

  19. Marty, your lamps look spectacular! It's amazing what a little trim can do and I really like the gold. Thanks for sharing.


  20. Beautiful! Now I want to add trim to all of my lampshades. They look so customized and expensive. Thanks for the idea, Marty.

  21. Total transformation for a few dollars. It looks like a very pricey, catalog-like lampshade. Visiting from You're Gonna Love It party.

  22. Marty you've done it again. You are so creative. That shade looks so expensive now. Really a beautiful transformation. I will be featuring this at my next Swing into Spring party that opens each Tuesday evening at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.