DIY Lampshade Makeover

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I found these two small table lamps at an estate sale many years ago. The shades were faded, but a nice shape, so I used some wine-color stain to spruce them up. It’s several years later and they are in need of a makeover. This DIY lampshade makeover couldn’t be easier, and I hope it will inspire you to update some of your lampshades too.

DIY Lampshade Makeover

Finished lamp ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

I found some really pretty fabric, at this wonderful textile store in the strip district, while shopping with my sister and friend. They have tons of high end fabrics, including many small remnants, at much more affordable prices. This particular fabric, is a heavier weight cotton, possibly a drapery fabric. That made it easy to work with, and gave the shade great coverage.

Original Lamp ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

Here’s what the lamp looked like before. Not too bad I think, but maybe kind of dated.

Old Lampshade ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

The trim, especially at the top was looking ratty, so I removed them both. At first I thought about painting the trim or adding trim but then I thought, no, because I the fabric print was strong enough on its own.

Tracing Pattern on Fabric ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

To cover your lampshade with fabric, simple lay it on its side and trace a pattern. Start at a seam so that you can easily tell where to end.  Then give yourself an extra inch or two.

Also, make sure to give yourself extra material on the bottom, and when you cut the top, add a good 1 inch.

uneven edge of fabric ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

If your shade is smaller at the top than the bottom, like mine, you will probably have this uneven effect shown above.  Just make sure it nice and taut with enough fabric to turn over on the top and bottom.

Then start with one edge. Glue it in place with a hot glue gun. Even up the other edge by cutting with scissors, or  just folding under to make a straight edge and glue in place.

Extra fabric at top ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

Next you can cut the top and bottom to even up the fabric, then fold over and set in place with more glue, just inside the top edge.

Finished lampshade ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

Here’s the new look! I love the modern feel this lampshade now has.

The floral print is fresh and neutral in color, so I think they would look good anywhere in the home.

Finished lamps ~ DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover ~

Here’s the finished lamp with its mate. They will look great in their original home on my dining room buffet.


This DIY lampshade makeover is so easy. For just a few dollars you can cover your existing shades and totally update the entire look and feel of the space.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Elen Ribolla says:

    Very cute.
    And the color looks perfect in the photo.
    I would like to see the lamp ‘workings’ camouflaged, though.
    Perhaps a fringe, or something else would do the trick nicely.
    Just a thought.
    I took a lamp shade frame that I liked, stripped off the fabric and replaced it with a pressed paper I found at our local art store, for a floor lamp I have. It has a very organic look to it, which fits my decor.
    Silly, how people spend so much money for store-bought things that could be made or customized so easily.
    Nice job, Patti! Happy Spring!

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