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10 Ways to Reinvent a Lampshade

by on Sep 13, 2012

If you’ve ever bought a lampshade you know it isn’t exactly the most exciting item to shop for. The shades and drums that are readily available tend to be pretty basic and lack personality, or they cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, there are plenty of DIY options for those inexpensive store bought shades, so you won’t have to shell out a ton of cash to get a designer look. Here are ten ways to reinvent a basic lampshade on a budget.   

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1. Make a lace pattern lamp shade

2. Use washi tape to create a unique lampshade liner

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3. Use a fabric stencil to paint a pattern

4. Refinish the surface of a lampshade with paper

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5. Tell a story with sharpie pens

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6. Create a dainty doily lampshade

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7. Give a lampshade the ombre treatment with yarn

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8. Learn how to recover a shade with fabric and trim

9. Add family photos to a standard drum lampshade

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10. Add a diamond detail with ribbon

Which one(s) of these will you try? Share your favorites in the comments below.


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  1. I bought a great vintage flamingo lamp with a mis-matched lampshade th at the color did nothing for the lamp…i painted the lampshade a lite green I had from painting my walls.  The lampshade looks fab, like it was made for the lamp & easily done-30 min.