Fail: Recovering Lamps

Pin Reaper: Jean

Original Inspiration:


What I Did: I was really pumped about this project because it seemed like such a simple & cheap way to make my shabby lampshade look brand-new. I don’t think it was intended to be done on such an ancient lampshade. It crumbled to pieces as soon as I started. Having no lampshade looks much shabbier than how it looked originally.

My Result:


Next Time I Will: I suppose I should have used a lampshade in decent condition, but then of course if it had been in decent condition I wouldn’t have attempted to re-cover it in the first place.



  1. Pam

    Holy smokes– did it just completely dry rot crumble and the metal rings fell out? Time to buy some cheap shades from Walmart/Target and try again. And my .02 — your shade was pretty conical — it would have been tough to keep a pattern aligned on that.

  2. Bri

    This is another case of user fail. I cover ugly thrift store lampshades with fabric quite often. It’s ridiculously easy and there’s no reason I can think of that this should’ve been a fail!

  3. Rebecca

    Can you offer advice on your technique, Bri? Instead of being rude?

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