I came upon some grapevine wire in the store a short while back and knew right off that I was going to have to wrap it around a lampshade to see what kind of texture possibilities I could come up with. The grapevine wire reminded me of the twigs from my twig trivet, but with a twist, literally because you can twist grapevine wire!! But as I digress, lamp shades come in so many shapes, I seem to lean toward the drum shape style myself. I just so happened to have a lamp with a drum shade that I picked up from a yard sale for a dollar last summer.
The fabric on the shade was stained and the lamp base was just not doing it for me. It’s a designer brand, and the base in it’s original form has a faux wood look that would probably work well in a modern setting or perhaps a boys room, but I really needed it to work for me, here and now, thus the lamp re-vamp.
Grapevine wire from Hobby Lobby
(I used Martha Stewart Multi Surface craft paint in Wedding Cake and Metallic Gunmetal, and burnt umber)
Glue (I used Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue)
Decoupage (I used Mod Podge matte)
Office type clips
Cardboard strips and 1 larger piece of cardboard
Craft sponge paint brush and several chip brushes
Using the sponge brush, I applied Mod Podge to the lamp shade and starting at the lamp shade seam, I wrapped the fabric around the shade a section at a time. I trimmed off the excess leaving 1/4 ” or so on top and bottom and then wrapped the ends down inside the shade adhering with the Mod Podge. I also trimmed off the excess, width-wise, to create a seam. I gave the fabric a coat of Mod Podge and let that dry.
Next I gave the lamp base a coat of Wedding Cake, let that dry, and then a dry brush of the metallic Gunmetal and the burnt umber mixed at half and half. This process game the lamp base a sort-of birch-y wood look.
I ended up painting the bottom and top section with a solid coat of the metallic/ burnt umber mixture.
For the grapevine trim, I unravelled the grapevine wire and started a glue line at the very bottom, right a the seam. I glued half way around the shade, laid down the wire, pressed it in, and put one of the clips just over the end to hold it in place and the other clips just half way around. I applied another glue line half way around (going back toward the seam) and repeated the pressing and then clipping process.
(Note: I should have made a small bend, just at the end of the wire, folding upwards, so that as I wrapped the wire over the bent piece, it would hold down the end, but I didn’t).
I continued these same steps. The only added step was that I applied a folded piece of card board over the wire and then added the clip for better holding power. I let the cardboard sit over the wire for just a few minutes. The glue dried fairly quickly, enough so that the wire stayed in place, and then I removed the cardboard piece.
When I reached the end of the wire, it was just enough to give it a trimmed out look, so I stopped there and used the card board / clip method, this time. I also clipped it down onto a larger piece of card board to hold it in place and let it dry a little.
But seriously, I do like how it turned out. It is a vast improvement from it’s original state as purchased at that yard sale, and it’s going to be a keeper around here, at least for now… perhaps in my kitchen.. we’ll see.
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Thank you for stopping by ~ Amy
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