Google+ House Revivals: Ideas for Updating Lampshades

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ideas for Updating Lampshades

Have you priced lampshades lately?  Yikes!  Those things can cost more than lamps!  My husband accidentally knocked a floor lamp over the other day, and I nearly had a heart attack worried about whether the shade was damaged (and it's part of a pair, so replacing one means replacing two).  The lampshade survived the fall, but the incident got me thinking about creative lampshade ideas.  Here are a few:

Many of you saw the wild pants lampshade I did a couple of years ago.

This was a quick project done with -- you guessed it -- wild pants!

If you don't happen to have any wild pants lying around, maybe you have some vintage textiles like this bark cloth?

Maybe you have some vintage doilies in a drawer somewhere.....

Covering a lampshade with a map is a great way to use travel mementos!

I love this fun lampshade made from vintage rulers!

Here are a few more lampshades covered in vintage textiles.... swoon....

Vintage clothing patterns and other papers can make unique lampshades!

You can wrap an old ugly shade in pretty rope....

or wrap it in twine...

The Land of Nod blog shares a quick tutorial for dressing up a plain lampshade with string.

Are you feeling inspired to dress up an old lampshade?


  1. Great roundup! These are definitely more creative than the usual fabric or paint makeover. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm very inspired. I've been looking for a small lamp for my work area and revamping an old shade sounds like a better idea. Thank you!


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