Wednesday, January 23, 2013

To Cheer Me Up

I need light, warmth... green stuff. January is so dark and cold, and a bit depressing after Christmas. This week we've had the worst air quality in the nation here in Salt Lake City, Utah. Every January we get a low pressure system, called inversion, that settles in the Salt Lake Valley and doesn't budge. It finally clears up some time in February, but until then there's really no going outside. It's too cold and too hard to breath. "cough, cough"
(Picture of Salt Lake City, Utah and the crummy air I'm breathing every day.)
Time to bring some cheer and warmth inside!
Target sells these great drum shades that are just begging to be covered. I've had a plain white lamp with a plain white shade sitting on my entry table that has been
calling out to me.
My lamp shade is nine inches tall. I purchased a half yard of the brightest, spring time fabric I could find at my local fabric store. This is from the line Simply Color by V and Co. 
Covering a lampshade is super easy, there are lots of tutorials out there, so I'll just give you an overview how it's done.
I basically just rolled the fabric on to the shade, smoothing and gluing as I went along. Easy.
At the end I folded my fabric over, overlapped it a bit, and glued it down into place.
Once my fabric was in place I carefully trimmed all the way around the lampshade and folded it over to the inside...
I was a little worried about making it look perfect on the inside, but it doesn't and no one has noticed. In fact, I've gotten TONS of compliments on it.
I used Aleene's Tacky Glue. It worked perfectly.
My little project brightened up my home and cheered me up quite a bit on an otherwise dark and dreary day.
Stay warm everyone! Spring is on its way.


  1. I love your little lamp, especially the colours in the print

  2. You did a wonderful job! So fresh

  3. Your lamp and lampshade is beautiful and love the fresh, calming colors :)

  4. That's very pretty. I definitely wish it were spring now.