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By Handmade Canberra — June 06, 2011

The finished product!

Take retro and vintage lamps to a whole new level of modern chic with this clever revamp from Canberra’s own the owls are hunting… it’s easy to create a stunning new look to light up your life.

Arriving in Australia from the UK in 2008, Jo Kent brought along an obsession for interiors and homewares.

Her gorgeous designs feature table and bedside lamps, as well as show-stopping floor lamps and hanging shades. Combining vintage and retro fabrics with bold patterns, Jo loves to revamp the past, while adding a fun, modern twist.

what you need

table lamp base & shade
enough fabric & trim to fit shade
brown paper or newspaper
spray adhesive & tacky craft glue
paint & varnish
tile or glass medium (if painting base)
clothes pegs, pencil & scissors

what to do

Step 1: Take a plain lamp in need of some TLC.

Step 2: Roll lampshade over a large sheet of paper, marking top and bottom edges with a pencil.

Step 3: Cut out template and wrap around shade to check for fit.

Making the template

Step 4: Pin paper template to fabric and cut around it, leaving a 1.5cm margin around all sides.

Step 5: Spray the fabric and shade with adhesive, starting at the existing seam on the shade. Wrap fabric gently, stretching and smoothing as you go.

Step 6: Apply craft glue to bottom edge of fabric and smooth over edge of the shade, holding in place with clothes pegs. Repeat for top edge of shade.

Covering the lamp

Step 7: Once glue is dry, remove clothes pegs and attach trim to bottom edge of shade using craft glue.

NB: If painting a wooden base, use water-based or oil-based paint. For a metal base use spray paint, and for ceramic use an acrylic paint mixed with a glass and tile medium. Finish with a few coats of high gloss varnish for durability and shine.

This is an extract from handmade living: a designer collective, a unique and stunning collection of projects and inspirational ideas from some of Australia’s most talented handmade artisans, designers and craftspeople. This gorgeous collective features over 70 projects that will have handmade aficionados everywhere firing up their sewing machines and melting chocolate.

Featuring seven sections from homewares to children and food, handmade living. is not only a visual delight, its collection of beautiful projects and articles will suit anyone keen to create something whimsically precious and simply wonderful. Handmade Living (Handmade Press, 2010) by Tania McCartney, with Julie Nichols and Tina Snerling, $39.95. Available at bookstores around Australia or online.

[author] [author_image timthumb='on'][/author_image] [author_info]Handmade Market attracts handmade aficionados from around the country and features the best of Australian quality and design, along with a brand new Small Business Summit and Designer expo. Shop Handmade Canberra has become a permanent space for divine handmade wares, with over 120 designers in a dreamy setting. In December 2010, Handmade’s first book handmade living: a designer collective was released to much acclaim. Handmade Canberra––the market, the shop, the book. [/author_info] [/author]

(1) Reader Comment

  1. Kylie
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    June 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this Amanda. I have fabric from my daughter’s bedroom window furnishings that I want to use to cover her lampshade. It all sounds simple enough….but am I game enough to give it a go? Eek!

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