I found the funkiest pair of black and white textured lamps, while antique shopping down in Kentucky last spring. Spotted from across the room, these lamps were partially hidden from full view on the shelf. They were crystal clear on my texture radar; however, and complete with ruffle trimmed lamp shades no less.
Ruffled trimmed shades that were pretty… hmmm… let’s just say “different”.
I found this shade/ lamp combination to be very curious. The lamps themselves are vintage for sure, and most likely from the fifties era, if I had to guess. Could it be possible that these calico-patterned, tutu fabric-trimmed shades are the originals?
“No way,” would be my first reaction, but then, perhaps at one time… that kind of bad was actually good??
I might just have to research that one day, meanwhile I had plans to revamp these lamps.
As they say, don’t fix it if it ain’t broken. Since the shades fit the lamps perfectly, I decided that salvaging these exact shades was the way I wanted to go.
I removed all the ballerina tutu trim and threw it in the garbage…like real fast!
There were a few small tears in the shade, so I dabbed some Elmer’s glue along the tears and let that dry. I then gave them a coat of black spray primer; and then several coats of Mod Podge Matte and black craft paint combined; and finally a spray coat of Mod Podge sealer.
I had two lamp shade projects I fell in love with while I was planning these.
First was the most darling-ever burlap rose-trimmed lamp shade project that you can see here from Sheila at Plum Doodles. Sheila re-purposes a fancy wire trash can as a lamp shade adding burlap rosette trim. Super cool!!
Second was a very elegant ruffled lamp shade project that you can see here from Shanna at Restoration Redoux. Shanna uses a drop cloth to make a fabulous ruffle pattern throughout the lamp shade. I never would have guessed that it’s a drop cloth on that lampshade!
I followed Shanna’s tutorial only I decided to keep the trim look that the shades originally had.
When I was done, the trim appeared too large at first, so I dabbed a bit more hot glue in the center of each circle and scrunched it down some more until it was size proportionate to the shade and lamp.
A funky lamp deserves an over-the-top lamp shade, and I’d say it’s got one now. Looking rather Hollywood regency and glam, I think these ruffle trimmed lamp shades will do.
You can see other lamp shade projects here.
If you had to guess, do you think those were the original shades?
The curiosity is getting the best of me…. Thanks for stopping by ~ Amy
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