Entry Table and Lamp Shade Update

I have wanted to update the lamp shade on our entry table lamp for awhile now. I considered a few possibilities: embellish the old shade with fabric flowers, maybe something like the trash can lamp shade; recover the old shade with a different fabric; stencil a design like the peek-a-boo lamp shade I did a couple of years ago. So, what did I do?

 

Lamp Makeover with New Shade- PlumDoodles.com

 

I came across a shade at Ross for $5, which made it an easy decision- no work necessary. This shade was a good size, so I didn’t need to make any adjustments. However, I wanted to show you a little trick if your shade isn’t quite the right size.

You can get different size harps, which will raise or lower the shade on your lamp. Yes, I hoard lamp parts, too.

 

Updated Lamp Harps- PlumDoodles.com

 

Here is what my lamp would look like with the taller harp.

 

How to Update a Lamp with New Shade- PlumDoodles.com

 

Simply putting the shorter harp on it makes it just right.

 

Updated Lamp with Lamp Shade- PlumDoodles.com

 

Updating the lamp shade motivated me to deChristmas-ize the entry table. More hydrangeas and a little ironstone pitcher under a cloche have me dreaming of spring.

 

Hydrangea Ironstone Pitcher Cloche- PlumDoodles.com

 

What is your favorite way to update your lamps? Have you ever had trouble getting just the right size shade?

Doodles,

SheilaG

 

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Comments

  1. What a great shade, Sheila! It really updates your lamp! Thanks for the great tip on keeping harps! When I had a booth and remade lamps and I always needed a harp, shade or final. I love painting lamps to update them. I still have three to paint now in a bedroom I’m updating. Have a great weekend!
    Betsy@coastal-colors recently posted..2013 Project Review

  2. Great tip on the harp sizes, Sheila! It is a good thing you hoard lamp parts. : ) I am going to update the lampshades in our living room, but I’m going to recover them.
    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions recently posted..Projects I’d Like To Try In 2014

  3. Aha! I didn’t know about different height harps, so as I am reading your post, I looked at my lamps, and yes I need a shorter harp on one of them! I thought I just needed a bigger/longer shade, but I cant find them bigger, at a price I want to pay anyway. I really like your shade, and I like the hydrangea very much. Yes, I am dreaming of spring also. We have not had a very bad winter especially compared to many, but then , it is early January, so anything can happen.

  4. Yes…always looking for great shades…and you certainly found a beautiful one…thanks for the harp tip..never thought to change them out!! .. Have a great weekend!
    Shirley@housepitalitydesigns recently posted..My French Antique Night Stand a.k.a. French Commode

  5. I had a modern lamp with a glass tulip type shade and a bronzedc olored base. I found a perfect plain white lamp shade on the side of the road that someone was throwing away. I bought a small harp, the kind that clamps onto the bulb, and I recovered my shade with burlap so that it is all wrinkly, and tied some lace around it. I think it looks like a gramma’s hat, but I love it!
    Misty @Throughthedutchdoor recently posted..Urban Exploration

  6. The entry way is so pretty and bright. I have an empty old vanity in our entryway, and I need some inspiration to decorate it! Thanks for giving me some! :)
    Emily recently posted..Beware of Animals Vinyl Toy Box

  7. It looks beautiful, we don’t have those harp things on our lamps they’re completely different.
    Mel recently posted..Ten Disasters of 2013

  8. Love the new lamp shade and harp tips and the candle is a perfect match too.
    Sue recently posted..50s Retro Kitchens

  9. Very pretty. I’m always on the hunt for special shades especially the ones that don’t cost a fortune.

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