Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Thrifted Lampshade: Reloved in Burlap

Hello and happy March!
This spring-like weather is really coming on fast here in
the AZ mountains.
Our Apricot tree is beginning to bloom
and this morning when I went out to water,
I heard the lovely sound of buzzing bees.
I'm normally excited about this but this year
it's too early and I'm a little concerned.

This morning I cut up a bag of crisp,
juicy apples and threw them in my
large crockpot on high.

I'm making applesauce and already the yummy 
aroma of roasted apples is floating through the house!
I do love the domestic life.

I've been working on my rosette project. 
Oh! It has been so fun and I'll be ready to share
it later this week. 
 I love it so far.

I have also begun the online course,
 Elements of Clay, with Alissa Millsap.
We will be working on some Bohemian- 
styled projects. I've never worked with
paper clay so I'm excited and thankful 
for the chance to learn.
I know me so I'm sure it will be slow going.
But that's ok :)

 Today, I thought I'd 
share this little re-do project with you.
It was so easy and pretty quick!
I'm pleased with how it turned out.

I found a set of lamps at our local
pregnancy center, thrift store.

I really liked the pretty details and
thought maybe I could do something with the dirty shades.
If nothing else, they could be replaced.

I decided to give a try at re-covering them in burlap.
I didn't know how. I'd never 
done anything like this before. 
The shade has a bit of a curve to it and
I didn't really know how to measure the pieces.
So I just held the burlap up against the shade and judged
about how big the pieces needed to be.

I used hot glue to attach one edge and then 
pulled the remainder of the piece
as taut as I could...but also being careful at the same time
to not distort the weave and over all shape.
Keeping it as even as I could, it was glued in place.

I wanted to be sure that the lines were symmetrical.
I am not a fan of symmetry but in this case,
the lines needed to be close to perfect.
If you've never worked with burlap, it is easily pulled
out of shape.
 Once my pieces were secured, I trimmed the excess off
as closely as I could.
I then added the lace to cover the seams.
Again, being careful with the lines. 
A lamp with lovely details..
Embellished with a burlap rose.
 Here, you can see how I finished the underside.
Just trimming the burlap as evenly as possible.

I do enjoy the look of burlap. It's often used in a more
rustic manner. Here with the lace and burlap rose
do you think it has a bit of shabby country charm?
I enjoy beautifying my home and especially if I can 
re-love something that has had a previous history.

What's been happening with you? 
I hope that life is treating you well.

Thank you for stopping by!


Roosterhead Designs said...

Hi Tamara, First I want to wish you well in your Elements of Clay class! I would love to hear how it is going : )
And these lamps are amazing! Thank You so much for sharing the details. Sooo clever friend~ Burlap is very tricky to work with; and you have exceeded the challenge! Yes it is def. Shabby chic and beautiful! Hugs to you, Karen O

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Wow Tamara! I absolutely love it! Your lampshade is really beautiful. In my world burlap and lace were made for each other, and you did an amazing job. I'd love it if you'd share this at Vintage Charm, which is all about vintage, repurposing, and upcycling. The party's on right now. I hope to see you there. :) Tuula http://thriftyrebelvintage.com/2016/03/vintage-charm-20.html/

Tamara said...

Thank you so much, Karen.. I will keep you posted! I was happy to get that lampshade covered! It wasn't very nice. Have a wonderful day!

Hugs and blessings..

Tamara said...

Hi Tuula.. Thank you so much for the encouragement and the invitation to your party. I would love to join in! See you there. Have a wonderful week.

Tamara :)

Pili Gomez said...

Hi, Tamara! I just saw your lamp at Vintage Charm party and had to stop by to tell you I love it!! I have an old lampshade and you gave me the idea for those tricky corners, thank you so much for the inspiration!!


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

It came out perfect! I love this idea. I have been wanting to re-do a few lampshades but was afraid to take what is there off and just have a frame. Perfect solution. I really like the burlap. I actually have a board on Pinterest for this so I am pinning!

Tamara said...

HI Pili..
Thank you! I'm so glad that the idea was helpful! I've also had those little things that I can't figure out.. Thank you so much for coming by and saying hello. Have a wonderful day.


Anne's Attic - Design said...

Thank you for sharing at SYC. The lamp shade is amazing and so easy!
:) Jo

Sylvia said...

Tamara, You did a great job on the lampshades. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Art and Sand said...

WOW! What a great makeover.

Thanks for sharing at SYC.

Stephanie said...

Sweet Tamara, your lampshade is spectacular! It looks like something I would find at a lovely shop such as Pottery Barn or Pier 1 Imports :) The burlap and lace combination is always classic.

Thinking of you and wishing you a wonderful week. Love and hugs!

Jann Olson said...

Tamara, your shade turned out darling! I love burlap. Add a bit of lace and rustic becomes romantic. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

Tamara said...

Thank you Stephanie! and I love the look of burlap with lace.. and a wonderful week to you too dear friend! Love and hugs..

Tamara said...

Thank you so much Jann. and thank you for the party! Hugs and best wishes for your week!

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