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.