A few months ago we picked up this little guy at Target in our favorite section, the clearance one : )
I knew I’d have to put a little DIY love into the shade since it was damaged and the base was slightly chipped, but I loved the color so into the cart it went. I tried to work with it as-is in the new guest room, but in the end it just didn’t fit into the color scheme of the room or my house. Womp womp. Luckily, we own a glue gun. Phew. I whipped that baby out along with some rope, paint, and fabric and got to work.
Step one was to cover the base of the lamp in the rope, adhering it every few inches with a dab of hot glue until it was completed covered.
The natural rope color was fun, but having so much tan/beige in the living room already with the furniture and carpets, a splash of white was in order. I love the nautical looking decor with painted rope, so I used that as my inspiration as I lightly painted over the base with some leftover white Behr paint.
Lamp base… done. Lamp shade… still sad looking.
As mentioned earlier, the shade had some damage to it but luckily it was all towards the middle.
So, I cut a piece of navy fabric slightly smaller than the shade and ironed down the three of the edges, leaving one end untouched.
The one end that did get ironed is the end that will be showing. Because of that, it got “hemmed” with some hot glue to make sure the seam was crisp once on the shade.
Once the fabric was ready, I glued the unfinished end to the back of the shade…
Then wrapped the fabric tightly around the shade and lined up and glued the finished edge down.
The shade was put back on the base, a lightbulb was added, and we had a new lamp!
She now sits in our living room and we love the nautical feel and extra light. We’re officially getting ready for spring. I suppose that whole Target “clearance” thing didn’t hurt either… : )
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