Best of PB #8: French Script Lampshade with a Sharpie

French script lampshade

Jeannine of The Concrete Cottage had a plain Target lamp shade lying around and decided to add a little pizzazz to it with some French script images and a fin tip Sharpie. The end product however, turned out to be a pretty close knock off to a Pottery Barn shade… who knew! Jeannine’s lampshade looks so amazing that it’s hard to believe it’s actually a very simply process!

French script lampshade

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Sweater Covered Lampshade

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With the transition from winter to spring comes the task of packing away sweaters and pulling out tees and tanks. Before you write off those old sweaters, check out how Beth at Unskinny Boppy made over a plan white lampshade with a thrift store sweater. I love the idea of adding pattern and texture to a lampshade with a few simple cuts and some glue. It’s amazing the changes you can make it a mere 20 minutes!

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Stenciled Burlap Lampshade

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Traci from Beneath My Heart was flipping through her Pottery Barn Kids catalog when a burlap lampshade caught her eye. And… surprise! It wasn’t because it was exactly what she’d been looking for and knew she could make it for less. On the contrary, Traci had already created almost identical lampshades for her boys’ room three years prior! Pretty striking resemblance, eh? Traci can proudly say, “Pottery Barn copied me!” {Giggled}

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Painted Zigzag Lampshade

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Erika from Retropolitan wanted to add a bold pop of color to her master bedroom and found a modern zigzag lampshade that she loved. But who spends $250 for lampshades? Definitely not Erika (or me for that matter!).  Erika created an awesome replica by hand painting white lampshades she already had. How fun is this?!?

anthro chevron lamp shade

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Black and White Fabric Lampshade

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Judy from Gracious Southern Living wanted to make a few changes in her foyer to create a more accurate reflection of the rest of her home. Loving the contrast of black and white, Judy covered a drum shade she already had with a checked fabric. The shape of the drum shade made this a super simple task, and the addition of trim around the edges really gives it a finished look.

ballard inspired black and white fabric lampshade

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Burlap Rosette Lampshade

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Crystal from Homemaker in Heels made a plain lampshade resemble a beautiful bouquet by covering it in burlap rosettes. The rosettes are crazy simple to make, requiring just a little rolling, twisting, and gluing, but make a huge visual statement.  This is a great way to salvage an old shade that is showing some wear and tear or discoloration. All covered in rosettes no one would ever be the wiser!

pb kids inspired rosette lampshade

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Ruffled Burlap Lampshade

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Amy from Mom Advice put the finishing touch on her daughter’s bedroom update with a girly lampshade. Amy refabbed her daughter’s previous shade by covering it with burlap and then adding all those glorious ruffles that make it so much fun. I love the choice of the burlap with its texture and slightly frayed edges.

make your own ruffled lampshade

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Rope Chandelier Shades

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If your chandelier needs a quick pick-me-up, Mary from At Home on the Bay shares a simple way to give the shades a new look with some manila rope. It’s as easy as wrapping and gluing the rope to fit snugly around the shade. The biggest challenge is probably sparing your digits from hot glue [...Read More]