Feb 19, 2014

Easy $4 Lampshade Makeover

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I get bored very easily.

With my decor arrangements, at least. 

I'm constantly changing things around the house just to spice things up.

When I first bought this tripod floor lamp at Target, I loved it!

You guys saw it when I revealed my office space and loved it too. By the way, thanks for the compliments, friends!

But then all of a sudden, I looked at it last week and it just wasn't doing it anymore. That loving feeling had been lost.

It HAD to be changed ASAP.



Thank God I came across Jenna's fabulous lampshade makeover she did with electrical tape!

I thought that was such a genius idea to updating a lamp!

I got out hubby's electrical tape (shhh) and discovered I didn't have enough. Sigh.

I live in a teeny tiny town, people. We don't have stores that carry electrical tape. At least not at the ungodly hour I was attempting this project!

So the next time I was in Hobby Lobby, I figured I'd just update my lamp with good ol', not outside the box, not a genius idea, ribbon!

And I loved the end result!



It has personality now!

I can't get enough of the contrast between the two colors!

All I used was ribbon (the blue one isn't pictured here), scissors and a glue gun!



The ribbon was purchased at Hobby Lobby and at 50% off, they ran me only $2 each!


The process is EXTREMELY easy! You just glue your ribbon around your lampshade!

No rocket science required.

Just be cautious not to burn the crap out of your fingers! This has happened to me more times than I'd like to admit.


I was originally going to just glue one strip of black ribbon to the top and bottom but kept going to see where it would take me. I'm adventurous like that.

I even added some pretty Tiffany blue ribbon!

You can see the metamorphosis below:


It didn't take long either. It took me about 45 minutes but that's because I kept getting interrupted by a preschooler. And that's okay, I love being a mommy... and my little preschooler is pretty awesome.


All in all, I'm happy with my "new" lampshade!










So, no need to buy a new lampshade when you're not feeling the old one anymore!

With a little ribbon, glue and a few burns later, you can give that old lampshade a nice makeover!


32 comments:

Vel Criste said...

Love the colors you chose! Perfect update Selene!

Lena said...

Oh, I love it! Pretty colors. On the other note, don't you just love Hobby Lobby?? I'm going to be very sad if or when they close their stores...

Pamela said...

Hi Selene! I found your blog and am in love! :) I could read your posts and projects all day. This is such a great way to spruce up a room...I've been staring at some lampshades I have and wondering what I could do. Thanks for such an inspiring idea! :) I'm following you on bloglovin and twitter :) Looking forward to reading more!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

What a great idea, Selene! And with ribbon, there are millions of colors and patterns to choose from! The colors you chose go perfectly with the lamp!

Amy @ Homey Oh My! said...

Beautiful!!! Love the colors you used.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Vel!! I've always loved that color combo :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Lena!! YES, Hobby Lobby is the best!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Pamela!!! I'm so happy to hear you are loving the blog!! You are too sweet!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Lisa!! I'm glad you like it too!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks so much, Amy!!

Marie Blackburn said...

Love it - the color combo is gorgeous! Your shade caught my eye over at the Give Me The Goods Party.
Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

Corey W. said...

Love the color of the ribbon you used and it made such a great impact! Don't you love simple projects like these that restore your love for something without too much cash! Great inspiration! Come by and link up tomorrow if you get a chance at The Makers! We'd love to have you Selene!
Corey @ TinySidekick.com

Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods said...

I think all of us have ADD when it comes to decorating! We just can't leave it alone when there is so much more cuteness to add. ;)

LOVE the lampshade! Great colors and an easy project!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Marie!! Those colors are my favorite!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Corey!! And YES, love easy and frugal projects like these!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Ashley! I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Ashley! I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

Melanie, LostandFoundDecor.com said...

I like the contrast of the black and blue too. It's a great, quick update! Thanks for sharing!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Melanie!

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

I really love how this turned out! I think not having enough electrical tape ended up being a blessing because the ribbon looks great! Stopping by from Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

I really love how this turned out! I think not having enough electrical tape ended up being a blessing because the ribbon looks great! Stopping by from Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Carrie!! My thoughts exactly!!

LeeLee W said...

Love it! I love the colors and the stripe pattern! Hello from Pin Junkie!
leelee @ paperbagstyling.blogspot.com

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks so much, LeeLee!!

Julie @ Being Home said...

Lovely! I love those colors! Probably one of my favorite color combos. I have a couple of white lamp shades that could use some personality. Thank you for the idea. Off to Hobby Lobby or Michaels for some ribbon. :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Julie! They really are such a great combo! Have fun redoing your shades!

Aniko Levai said...

Beautiful! I am featuring you today at Work It Wednesday! Have a great week!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks a bunch, Aniko!!! So happy to hear that!

Haley Knight said...

This is such a cute idea! I just bought a ton of ribbon that I could use for this!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Haley!! I hope you give it a try!! It's so easy yet makes such a difference!

Unknown said...

Love this lamp idea! I've had a set of lamps/shades for literally years sitting in a closet because the white shades don't match the room they are meant for. I'm not creative myself, but I can copy the crap out of your idea, thanks!

PS you are my people. I want to change my decor (Ikea hacks are the best) all the time. In fact, I just discovered a show called Flea Market Flips. This show is my husband's worst nightmare!

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