Fail: Recovering Lamps

Pin Reaper: Jean

Original Inspiration: http://beachvintage.blogspot.com/2010/08/project-day-recovering-lamps.html

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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:

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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.

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS FAIL:

  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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