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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

the layered look

So, last week, I had just finished up the bronze lamp, and showed you this lampshade that I got for $1, that I planned to update.
I don't know where the idea came from, but I knew I wanted the shade to be a nice, crisp white, to contrast with the bronze lamp. 
So, I went over to Hobby Lobby, and picked up two yards of some cheap, crisp, white, cotton fabric.  The fabric was about $3/yard.  I started by cutting the yard in half (width), and then cut 2" strips the whole remaining width.  I folded each piece in half (length), and ironed for a crisp edge.
By the way, this ironing board is a table board, so it's only about 6" tall, and it was only $5 at Ikea! It is great for craft projects like this!

After I had all my pieces cut and ironed, I started attaching them to the shade.  Because my shade is a cone, I had to measure the circumference of the bottom and top to determine how much of each fabric strip would show on each layer.  My shade was about twice as large on the bottom as the top, so the layers are about 1" on the bottom, and a half inch on the top. 

I attached each strip with hot glue, but only gluing down a strip when I had the next one in place, to allow for positioning.
After I got most of the way around my shade, and had just about 6-8" left to do, I placed all the remaining strips (without gluing) on to ensure the proper positioning to finish it off.  This project took a few hours to complete, and I really like the finished product.  
When all was said and done, we spent $4 on the lamp, $1 on the shade and $6 on fabric, making a grand total of $11 on this whole lamp project. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

I'm not going to lie, this shade is not perfect; but like a lot of projects we've done, I kind of love when they don't turn out perfect.  I hope to have this in the living room in the future, but we don't currently have a side table for it to go on.  I'm thinking maybe a pop of color for a future table, though...stay tuned.

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