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Cover Up

We can’t count the number of times we’ve found the perfect lamp in a store or flea market, but when we looked at the basic white or cream shade, we’ve thought, Not so much. But don’t let a plain-Jane shade discourage you from picking up that ideal piece. Instead, head to your favorite fabric store or flea market, or pull out that scrap of Peruvian woven cotton you’ve been wanting to use for something but couldn’t decide on what. Then follow these simple steps for creating your own custom lampshade covering.

Note: Before you get cutting and spraying, make sure you’re using a drum lampshade with no taper. Extremely thick or heavy fabrics aren’t good options for this project, so stick to lighter and midweights—but almost any type of fabric will work. And use a spray-mount adhesive that’s labeled for fabrics.

Place the drum lampshade on top of the wrong side of the fabric and mark the top and bottom of the shade.

Draw a straight line long enough to cover the circumference of the shade, plus a 1” or 2” overlap.

Check your markings against the shade by rolling it within the fabric.

Mark an additional line 2” outside your original markings for the top and bottom of the shade. Cut the fabric.

Fold over each of the long sides at the 2” mark to create a clean edge. Iron to flatten.

Spray adhesive underneath each flap, and press down to adhere.

Spray adhesive along the first several inches of one end of the fabric. Align the seam of the shade with the end of the fabric and begin rolling. As you roll, spray additional adhesive a few inches in front of the shade and press to adhere. (Spraying as you go prevents the adhesive from drying out before you get to it.)

When you reach the end of the fabric, fold over the 1” or 2” excess, spray underneath the flap, and then spray the remainder of the piece.

Press firmly to adhere at the fabric seam, and press to smooth out any air bubbles that may have formed elsewhere on the shade. Allow the shade to dry according to the directions on the adhesive before using.

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