How to Make or Recover a Lamp Shade

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Making and recovering a lamp shade can turn an old eyesore into an art centerpiece in just a few quick steps. Make or recover a lamp shade with help from an interior designer, home staging expert, and Allied member of ASID in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Meg Tawes, and I'm an interior designer. Now a lot of people have dingy old dated lampshades hanging around their house, but before you go and throw that lampshade away, considering give it a whole new life with just a little bit of wallpaper. Now you can easily recover an old lampshade using wallpaper or even fabric, by using a simple template and then using spray adhesive to adhere it to the shade. So, you're only going to need a few tools for this project. You need a little bit of scrap wallpaper, enough to cover the shade. You'll need some trace paper to create a template, a ruler for the measuring, a pencil, a little bit of the spray adhesive, in addition to your lampshade. Now what you want to do is create a template on your trace paper by rolling the shade along the trace paper and using your pencil as a guide. From there you'll want to add about a half an inch so you can roll the edges underneath the shade to create a clean finished look. Once you have your template, you'll be able to use that to cut the actual wallpaper. You can then spray the wallpaper - ideally, in a well-ventilated area outside. From there, we can adhere it to the lampshade itself. This is a tricky process, and you want to do it really slowly. Make sure that you don't allow for any bubbles or wrinkles while you're doing it. Once you've got the wallpaper firmly around the shade, you'll want to make sure you tuck the edges under so that you have a clean finished line on the side. If you want to add trim, this is a really good time to do that. If not, you've got a whole new look with just a little bit of effort.

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