We needed more light in our living room so I have been lamp shopping for a while. Turns out, lamps are kind of expensive. I needed cheap and ugly but with potential! After a few thrift store runs with no success I discovered this in my parents basement:
Unfortunately, this is the best before picture I took. The lamp shade had that accordion fabric cover on it, it was a breeze to pull off. I cleaned it really good, see how shiny it is : ) Then I primed it and painted it this fabulous yellow!
I scuffed it up a bit to get the shabby look I wanted. Then I used a gloss varnish to seal it and make it just the right shinyness : )
Now for the shade. I got some inexpensive fabric and traced the lamp shade by rolling it over the fabric and marking with a pencil on the top and bottom of the shade. Then I cut it, leaving about a half inch extra to sew. I hemmed the top and bottom, then sewed the two ends together. It slipped right over the shade. It needed a little something still, so these fabric rosettes worked perfect!
See that fun yellow pot? That was the inspiration for the yellow.
I am thrilled with how it turned out! I love a good cheap project : )