I got this shade for a couple bucks. At the time I wasn’t sure how, but I new I could update it.
This lamp was a super clearance deal at Hobby Lobby a few years ago. It was okay, but nothing special, and I was getting tired of the square-ish lamp shade. It took me a while to put two and two together, but when I finally did, it was quick and easy.
I used burlap, because I had some, but I imagine you could use any fabric. This photo doesn’t show it very well, but the shade had a seam down the side, and I started at that point, lining up the finished edge of the burlap with the original seam, because I knew the fabric would not be straight once I’d gone all the way around.
Using spray adhesive, I carefully smoothed the burlap down all the way around the shade. Then I tucked the raw edge under that finished edge and glued. That gave the overlap a nice, straight finished edge.
I left lots of extra fabric while I was gluing to make sure I got full coverage, but once that was done, I trimmed the top and bottom edges to about 1/2”. I had also sprayed the coppery-colored frame black before I started with the burlap.
Then I just went around the top and bottom with the glue gun and folded over the edges.
And here it is now!
It's a pretty good knock-off of this one from Ballard Designs. Ballard’s: $59. Mine: under $5.
Now for the announcement. Way back in February I had a Pottery Barn Knock-off Party. It was awesome, and it’s still one of my most popular posts. I always figured I’d do it again sometime, and now is the time! I’m going to do it once a month, on the last Friday of the month. That will give us lots of time over the weekend to look through the entries.
I’m going to broaden it just a little bit, though, to Ballard Designs and Restoration Hardware in addition to PB. I know there are others out there, but I feel that there must be some restraints or it just ends up as anything-goes and the original idea is lost. If you feel strongly that I should include another catalog, make a suggestion and I’ll consider it.
A few more rules I’m going to insist upon:
- your knock-off entry must be made by you
- you must include a picture of the original item from the catalog so we can compare (scan in the photo from your old catalog or find one on the internet if there’s no longer a photo of it on the website)
- it must be a specific comparable item, like my lamp shade, and not just a “this kind of has the PB look to it”
I’m joining Amanda’s Weekend Bloggy Reading party.