I’ve had plans to jazz up this lamp for a while now…
I thought about painting the silver parts gold, and still might, but was tired of that boring old white lampshade for sure. I happened to have some ribbon around the house in two of the colors I’m trying to bring more of into the living room, and decided wrapping the shade with those would work great! (Not perfect, as you’ll find out, but still…)
All you need is a basic lampshade, ribbon, Tacky Glue and of course scissors!
First I figured out how I was going to start, and decided to start and end where the big seam was in the shade. This way the more “unfinished” part would be to the back and unseen.
Ignore chipped fingernails and the accompanying hangnail. #don’thavetimeforthat
Working in sections, I spread a somewhat light strip of glue, then lined the ribbon up with the trim on the shade and carefully pulled it around. It took some fiddling, and since this shade isn’t perfectly cylindrical (the bottom is bigger than the top), there were wrinkles in the ribbon. To reassure myself I searched Pinterest for similar projects, and if you look close enough they all had some wrinkles. Mine are more evident, however, because I used lighter, shinier ribbon. (Let that be a lesson for you.)
I started with green at the top, and using the exact same ribbon in blue, did a second row right below the first. The bottom is a mirrored pattern (blue on top, green on bottom).
I may wind up going back and tweaking it, but for a no-cost makeover of a plain white lampshade, I’m pretty happy with the pop of color!