Deconstructed and Reconstructed Lamp Shade

For several years, I’ve had this really pretty old metal lamp shade.  The original fabric covering it was trashed, but once I removed it, the base itself was a pretty, scalloped one.

I used it in this photo I took of my sheet music dresser, but when we moved, I didn’t have any place to go with it, so it’s been sitting in my workshop ever since.

While at a thrift store one day, I found a light attachment meant to convert lamp shades into hanging lamps for only $3 (and that included another cool old shade that it was attached to!).

I remembered my pretty shade out in the workshop and realized it would make a pretty hanging light in our bedroom (once we start remodeling it).  I love “naked” metal lamp shades, but it seemed a little too industrial for what I have planned for the bedroom, so I batted around a few ideas to soften the look up, while still letting the metal show.  I’ve been itching to do more things with the big roll of twill tape I bought, so I just zig-zagged up and down around the top and bottom, using the hot glue gun to start and end it and I wrapped more around the top of the shade.

I didn’t want the white cord to be so visible and thought about ordering an old-fashioned, cloth-covered cord to replace it, but they’re a little pricey, so I opted to use some blue striped twill tape to cover it instead.  I glued the twill tape to one side of the cord, then the other, sealing up the edges.

It looks very cool lit up and I may splurge and order an Edison-style bulb for it.

I had to do a whole lot of “repair” work on the photo above, because I’ve put a whole line of drilled holes into my faux brick wall where I shoot my shop listing photos.  I make so many coat racks and each one of them has the hangers in a different spot, requiring different holes.  I finally got smart and starting attaching wire to the hangers on back, so I don’t have to make more holes.  One of these days, I’ll fill the wholes and repaint, but I just “filled” them with my Paint program for now.



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  1. Angie – How darling!! I love what you did with the old lamp shade. I am always bringing home old lamps and shades. I know that I’ll find something to do with each and everyone of them. LOL


  2. Angie that shade is gorgeous! Love the beauty and simplicity!


  3. I like it! And I love the faux brick wall! FYI, they have edison style bulbs at Home Depot – they’re like $10.

  4. Great job Angie. Maybe someday we will open our own bigger space somewhere! Love it.

  5. I love this lampshade Angie. Its gorgeous in its simplicity…just awesome!

  6. I love the shape of this lamp and your transformation of it. Thank you for sharing.

  7. It’s fabulous! I love it! I have 3 lamp shades just like that one and was just considering making them hanging lamps. Now….where to find an enormous ball of twill tape…..

  8. I love how this turned out! I saw something similar and a home shop last week… way expensive! I’m certain yours was way cheaper! Great job!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  9. Hi Angie,
    What a lovely soft light your shade emits. It makes everything look warm and cozy.
    Lovely in so many ways…
    Carolynn xoxo

  10. Hi Angie, Your lampshade turned out great! I also love your chalkboard project with the alphabet and your bakery sign. I’m sorry that you had so much trouble with that one. It was worth it though. It’s really great!

  11. I love this lamp shade. I have several shades that I want to update, but not sure exactly what to do. You have given me a great idea.
    Have a nice week,

  12. Wow, so cool. You’re so clever!! Love it 😉
    Jamie @

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