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DIY Wallpapered Lamp Shades


DIY lamp shadeWell, I found my first use for the gorgeous wallpaper samples I received from Farrow and Ball!  Enter plain jane yet totally functional (and affordable!) Arstid.lamp shades beforeI just couldn’t bring myself to pay almost $200 for the plug-in swing arm wall lamps I had been eying.  Ikea to the rescue!  There are some things that Ikea can just not be beat on (come on, $30 for a pair of wall lights, light bulb included!?) and their lighting selection is one of them.  I lived with the lights for a bit just to get a feel if they fit our needs (and they did!)free farrow and ballinspiration and color guide and wallpaper samples with arrowI picked out the lattice wallpaper from my samples.  Per Farrow and Ball, lattice is brassy and elegant, brave and modestly chic.  Sounds like the perfect choice!ikea lamp shadeA close up up this ho hum lampshade.  I care for white lamp shades very much it’s just that this accordion cover had me wincing. stripped lamp shade  First, I got to deconstructing the lamp shade.lamp shade templateThen I made a template of the lamp shade using some advertisements (no way I’m making a mistake on such beautiful paper!).taping wallpaper to lamp shadeAfter cutting out the shape, I simply used double sided tape to adhere the wallpaper to my lampshade.  I think I’ll probably recover these with cloth somewhere down the line so I wanted a less permanent decorating solution for the time being.painting lamp shade ribbonI saved the original ribbon from the lampshades and painted them grey.  They too got attached to the lampshades a la double sided tape.close up lamp shade redoI used white duct tape to hide the chord.  So many things to love about having white walls!pair of recovered wall lampsAnd lastly, I repositioned the lamps above our bed.  After snapping a few photos, I realized they looked better balanced above our bed compared to the side.

Linked to Alderberry Hill, City Farmhouse, The Gunny Sack, It’s Overflowing, Ginger Snap Crafts, The Shabby Creek Cottage, House of Hepworths.

Do you think the new position over the bed works better?  Have you used any interesting materials to cover a lamp shade?

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Author: Jennifer @ Brave New Home

Hi! I'm Jennifer from Brave New Home ( I blog about overcoming fear and transforming a house into a home one DIY project at a time.

20 thoughts on “DIY Wallpapered Lamp Shades

  1. Great Idea! I have been wanting to restyle a lampshade : )

  2. I am going to do this with some of these IKEA shades I bought for my spare room in French house!! Thanks x

  3. Ooooh…these are so ridiculously cute! What a nice touch!

  4. What a cute little update! Love it!

  5. Looks great Jen! I love the paper you chose. It looks so elegant! I was finally able to get my samples ordered today. I just love their bee paper. I can’t wait until it gets here. Maybe I will have to use it for the wedding if it gets here in time.

  6. The lamps look so great with the accent paper!

  7. Great idea! Turned out beautiful!

  8. Brilliant! I’m totally doing this. I was totally at Ikea yesterday too! Oh well, looks like I’ll have to go back ;)

  9. You just can’t beat IKEA sometimes and free upgrades are the best! I think they look great and, yes, the new position is better.

  10. I really love these! They turned out great Jennifer :) xo Kristin

  11. I REALLY love how these turned out! Great use of those wallpaper swatches!!

  12. Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:
    It looks really nice, not plain Jane…

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