How to Recover a Lampshade {Tutorial}

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Oh the family room transformation is coming along….a little here and a little there. If you’ve been following along, you saw my Gallery Photo Wall post. This was a great victory for me because I finished it without leaving photos missing or details undone. HAHA! Today, I am excited to share with you another piece to the puzzle in fishing up our family room. Here is a tutorial on how to recover a lampshade and see our before and after!

Supplies needed:
Spray adhesive
Tape measure
Hot glue gun or fabric glue

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First, I started out with a generic lampshade that came with our lamp that I purchased from TJMaxx {for $20}.

I used a fabric tape measure and measured the height and circumference of the lampshade.

Next, I measured out my the fabric I was going to use, leaving a ½ inch give on each side for the height so I could roll the fabric over the rim of the lampshade and glue it down nicely in the inside for a finished edge. I also cut my fabric 3” longer for the width to make sure I had enough fabric to go all the way around and leaving room for any “mishaps.”My lampshade measured 10” high, so I cut my fabric at 11” for the height and I think it was 20” circumference, so I cut at 23” there.

Tip: You can always cut off excess fabric, so it is better to have too much than too little.

With the back side of your fabric facing upwards, spray it with spray adhesive generously {but not so much that it is going to soak through your fabric…find a happy medium here!}

Next, take your lampshade and roll it over the fabric and let the fabric stick to the lampshade as you roll it along.

Tip: This part can be tricky, so make sure you try to keep your fabric lined up and centered with your lampshade.

Now that your lampshade is recovered you should see an excess of fabric on either side of your shade like mine above.

Cut little slits all the way around the edge of your fabric on either end of the lampshade. This will make it easy to fold the fabric to the inside of the shade when you glue it down.

Next, Take fabric glue or a hot glue gun and glue the excess fabric to the inside of your lampshade.

Here is an easy step by step picture guide that you can refer to while you complete your project J

Sit back and enjoy your new recovered lampshade!!

Tip: Make sure your fabric is not upside down when you roll your shade on….like ME!!! Haha lesson learned. Oh well, I could easily do it over but for now, I will leave it!

Cost was $0 because I had everything on hand. Love a good, frugal project!!

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  1. says

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Someday Crafts! I will be featuring your project on the party Wrap up these evening. Please stop back in a grab a Featured at Someday Crafts Button for your blog!

  2. Diana Serpa says

    Thanks for posting! Your “mistake” of upside down fabric made me laugh…that is so something that I would do/have done. I am so glad that you still posted it. Sometimes us “non-bloggers” can get overwhelmed with the “perfect-ness” of the ideas we see.

  3. says

    That’s really pretty! And I love the fabric. I’ve tried recovering a lampshade before but it didn’t turn out quite as nicely as yours and I ended up tearing it all apart! The fabric was kind of ugly though so no harm – I’ll try it again.

    Popped over from House of Hepworths!


  4. says

    What a wonderful idea, and great tutorial! Beautiful end result. Will have to try this for a couple old shades we have. Until you mentioned it and I looked closer, I didn’t notice the fabric was upside down. lol
    Saw you sharing at Transformation Thursdays
    Debbie :)

  5. says

    I LOVE the fabric–even if it is upside-down!! Who makes it?

    Also, did you actually use hot glue on the top & bottom of the shade? I would be concerned that it could melt from the heat of the bulb. Obviously, this is a greater risk depending on the wattage of the bulb.

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