If you missed the kick-off to this challenge, you can click here to read all about it. Remember that we're having a big link party/blog hop on the last day of the challenge where you can link up a post showing how you incorporated a new color into YOUR home.
I had picked up a brass lamp at the local Goodwill recently for $2.99. The lamp came with this ratty old shade.
I had originally planned on just replacing the shade with a new drum-style shade and maybe embellishing it with some sort of trim. But, then I remembered that I had some Waverly Cross Section fabric in navy left over from when I recovered an old corkboard.
Why not attempt to cover the lampshade in the fabric? A quick trip to Pinterest and I found lots of tutorials on how to cover a lampshade. Unfortunately, most of them only worked on a drum shade.
I ended up improvising this project and it really wasn't that hard.
1. First I cut a piece of fabric that was a few inches larger than the shade.
2. Next, I sprayed spray adhesive on the shade in small sections. I attached the fabric and smoothed out any bubbles or creases before moving on to the next section.
3. I wanted to make a straight seam, but since the shade is angled, it worked better to make a diagonal seam. I just folded the end of the fabric over several times and used hot glue to firmly tack it down.
4. Finally, I folded the fabric down tightly around the top and bottom of the shade. Again, I folded the fabric over twice so there aren't any unfinished edges and then glued it down. This was the most difficult part. Mainly because I kept burning myself with the glue gun. Ugh!
In the background you can see a little sneak peak of my new wall color.
I originally planned to spray paint the lamp, maybe coral or white? But, I like the way the brass looks against the navy blue in this inspiration photo:
blog, did you? She bugged me on The Bachelor, but her blog is pretty cute.
Here's my new brass lamp against my navy wall.
What do you think of the brass? Does it bring back bad flashbacks of the 80's?
I'm happy with it considering the entire project only cost me the $2.99 I spent on the lamp. I had all of the other materials on hand from other projects.
Stop by the other Color My World challengers to see what they've been up to this week.
Ange - The Blooming Hydrangea
Anna - A Newfound Treasure
Carmel - Our 5th House
Cassie - Primitive and Proper
Jadyn - Dutch.British.Love
Jessamie - Bird and Branch Redesign
Julia - Black Tag Diaries
Julia - Pawley's Island Posh
Kristy - Hyphen Interiors
Lisa - Shine Your Light
Lisa - Trapped in North Jersey
Maury - Life on Mars
Shaunna - Perfectly Imperfect
Shelley - Crazy Wonderful
Suzy - Saved by Suzy
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Tiffany - Worthwhile Domicile
Vashti & Jamie - Like me Some...
Come back on Thursday where I'll reveal some more navy goodness as part of the Spring Into Action Challenge. Is it cheating that I've rolled both challenges into one? Wait, you really don't have to answer that one!