I love the warmth that lamp light gives. Especially when I want to sit down with a good book, or when I want to entice others to do so.
And all the better if the lamp is pretty! Sometimes I have bought new lamps, but mostly I get them from GW. We acquired this one from our neighbor a few years ago, on garbage collection day. It even came with a light bulb!
It was fine where I had it in the old house, but once we moved it here, the brass was just too brassy, and the shade needed a little something. I have another lamp that I made a shade for a few years ago, so I knew it wasn’t hard to do. Just needed to figure out what fabric to use, what style, etc.
After glancing through my fabric, I decided to do a slipcover made from drop cloth fabric. First I measured around the bottom part of the shade, which was 45 inches and doubled that. I laid out the drop cloth and cut a long strip 1 inch wide along the hemmed edge of the fabric. That way I wouldn’t need to hem the edge myself.
I pleated the strip of fabric on the sewing machine, just folding it over about the same amount (not exactly the same) and stitching over the folds one at a time until I reached the end of the strip.
I had planned to attach the pleats to a shade slipcover made with the drop cloth, but when I finished the pleats, I liked them as is. Plus this way I was finished! I thought the frayed upper edge added a nice rustic touch, so I just hot glued the pleat to the bottom of the shade without finishing it.
Then I took the lamp stand out to the backyard and spray painted it with my trusty Rustoleum Heirloom White. A couple of hours later – voila! My old lamp is now a new lamp!