How To: Gold-lined lampshade

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Morning!  Bit of a tutorial today, though nothing very involved. Paul’s mum and dad were getting rid of some lamps, and you know how I don’t like to pass up free stuff…  the shades that were with them were so hideous I almost said no to the whole lot, but once I thought about it, the bases are pretty much perfect to go on our dresser!

When I was looking for new shades, I saw these black ones – way out of my normal line, but I bought them on a whim, and I think they suit the (fake) brass bases.  Only problem was, with the light on, they looked really cheap.  I mean, they were really cheap, at £3 each, so I’m not complaining, I just don’t want them to stay looking like that!

No 1 problem:  not opaque, so the light shows through the fabric.  With another colour this wouldn’t matter, but with black it looks awful.  No 2 problem – they’re up on a dresser, so when you’re sitting lower down on the sofa, the white interior is quite dazzling.   Eurgh.

Now for how to fix it  – black shades with gold inners were really fashionable a few years ago, and I think they’re pretty much everywhere now- this is a quick and easy fix which makes them loads better.

You’ll need:

  • Thin card/thick paper (I used wallpaper lining paper)
  • Blackout material (optional)
  • Gold spray paint (or another colour – I’m not here to dictate ;))
  • Glue (again, you may get away without this, as I did, but you may need it)

1:  Your lampshade should have a seam somewhere, which will give you a starting point.  Cut a big sheet of paper/card, and mark the starting point.  Do this on both the top and bottom of the shade.

2:  Roll the shade along the paper carefully, following the top and bottom edges with pencil, until you’ve gone all the way round and the seam is over the paper again. Mark the end point on the paper at the top and bottom.

3:  If your shade is narrower at the top than the bottom, you’ll end up with a shape like the above.  If it’s a drum shade, obviously it’ll just be a rectangle.

4:  You’ll have to cut a bit of the long edges, to account for the rolled edges of the shade (the black bit, top right).  It’s worth doing this a bit at a time, as if you take off too much, the light will show through at the edges.  Also, a tight fit might mean you don’t need to bother with glue at the last stage.

5:  You may just want to use the paper or card that you’ve just cut out as the inner or your shade, in which case skip this one!  Otherwise, trace round the card onto your blackout fabric.

6:  Spray paint it!  If you’re using blackout fabric, there’s a smooth side and a fabric-y side, so choose according to how much texture you want.  I painted the fabric side, but be aware that this does soak up quite a lot of paint, and will probably need two coats.

7:  (No pic, sorry) Fit the painted card/fabric into the shade.  I thought I would have to use glue, but actually the fit was good enough that I could just wedge it at the edges – this is why it’s worth making sure you don’t trim too much off!  You may want to glue it for security, though.

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And that’s it!  I couldn’t get a good picture from below with the light on, but it’s got rid of the blinding-white effect as well.

I didn’t buy these shades with this in mind – it was a solution to how they looked when I switched the light on. Still, you get quite a snazzy result for very little effort or expenditure – this is a really quick win!

Have a great week, and happy making!

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