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sneak peek at lamp revamp

A little peek at the progress of the op shop lamp I have taken on the task of revamping.  You may remember the lamp base was a tuscan terracotta number that looked like this.  A few coats (quite a few coats!) of spray paint and it is now a beautiful, glossy white basketweave lampbase. That was the easy part. 

Tracking down the elusive polypropylene sheet that you glue the fabric to, to give the lampshade shape and strength - that, my friends, was a task in itself. But find it we did, at a plastics supplier, although it is probably not the right colour or thickness (too thick, not opaque enough) it will do for now. It is just a pity I stocked up on 4 sheets of it! 

I was planning on using the fabric above for the shade but do you think I can get the pattern to sit correctly on my tapered shade? Nope. I think I bit off more than I could chew for my first foray into lampshade making with this pattern so I have decided to be kind to myself and use a fabric with a more forgiving pattern. So, the green bamboo fabric it is - I think it will look great with the base, don't you?

I've cut my base stock (polypropylene) to shape using the original shade as a stencil so tonight I will cut the fabric to this shape also allowing a little extra to fold over the edges. I am going to give the original lampshade frame a spray with new paint as it is looking a little worse for wear. When I have finished this project I hope to show a little step-by-step tutorial on how to make a lampshade.  I found a great tutorial that I will also link to, which I have used as a reference for making my shade. Hopefully it will turn out ok, wish me luck!

Images:  Olive & Joy


  1. Clever cookie! This is going to look amazing. I'm tempted to re-do a couple of my shades now. Can't wait to see it all finished.

    When I painted the lamp based for my son's room I was actually looking for a pineapple shaped base and couldn't find any. I might keep on looking. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. That lamp base has come up a treat - it's a great shape and the bamboo fabric is perfect. I'm sure it will look fantastic.

  3. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Viv - I love pineapple bases too :)

  4. Oh, I'm so impressed. The base is transformed and I love the new fabric too - shame about the yellow print but I can see how tricky it would have been to get it right. Good luck with the rest of it!

  5. what is the yellow fabric you decided not to use? I love it!

  6. Hi Miranda, the fabric is called Circles & Squares by Florence Broadhurst and the colour is Sunspot. I love it too!

    You can view and buy it here: (look in the Fabrics - Home Collection)


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