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!