Friday, October 21, 2011

Lamp Shade DIY

I think I have the ugliest light fixture ever!
It's hanging over our dining room table.

 I hate sitting at the table all because of that darn light! Thankfully help was on the way!
I was browsing blogs and came across this great tutorial at The Keylor family.
She was having the same problem..with the same light fixture!
I immediately went out a got some of the materials to start this DIY magic!
 I did it a little different than she did at first, but it totally didn't work!

I started with 2 dowels that were left over from my DIY Sunburst mirror
and I purchased one 18' embroidery hoop from Michaels

I opened the hoop and now I have two!

I measured and cut down the dowels to the size I wanted the shade.
I attached them with the glue gun!

I first attached brown fabric

Then white over because I was worried that with just the white it would be totally see through.
Both fabrics are curtains.
The white one is actually a shower curtain that I found at Marshalls for 5.99!

Using tacks from the dollar store I gave my shade a little shine! it came out pretty nice. Just not loving it!
Plus I plan on getting white curtains and I'm stilll debating on the table.
I know I'm definitely gonna cover the cushions with a cool pattern, but I'm not sure if I want to paint the table yet. Oh decisions!

So take two!

I took the Keylor route and used plexi glass
 It was 5.99 a sheet at Hobby Lobby and I had a 40% coupon!
 The burlap is also from Hobby Lobby! I got 2 yards, the total was around 8 dollars

 Added more tacks!

This is how I hung the shade, with a tension rod.



It looks so much better!

I now think I want a cool chandelier...but this shade is definitely a great start!

It's Friday!




  1. Nice! It looks so much better! The tension rod is a good idea! That is the hard part.

  2. Oh, I just love it! Both are beautiful but I can see why you like the burlap one better. I think this is so clever and what a great way to inexpensively get a whole new look. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!

  3. I love this! the burlap and tacks look so chic!
    Thank you for popping by my place!
    Kerry at

  4. Thanks Vanessa! I like them both too, but the burlap is definitely the better choice!

  5. So creative- and the burlap is great!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  6. I love what you did, it's funny looks like you lightened the area alot, very natural looking like it was supposed to be there


I love reading all your comments! Thanks so much!

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