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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

White Wednesday and A WINNER!

Happy White Wednesday!


It feels to have the time to be able to participate in one of my favorite link parties.  
If you have a love for anything white, then this is a party for you.
 Thank you Kathleen at Faded Charm for hosting White Wednesday every week!

The other day I showed a lampshade that I made covered using some of my vintage white linens.  I had a request for a tutorial, but I feel kind of bad because I really didn't make the shade as much as I just enhanced one I already had on hand. 

I am here to show you a new one I made yesterday and to tell you that you CAN TOO!

As you can see I start with a shade that is already put together, but needs some love.

I lay the shade down on the fabric and make my pattern on the fabric, rolling from end to end. 
I leave a little extra in case I need it.

I used a small shade this time because it goes faster. 
I normally do not use bright blue markers, but I wanted you to see how I made the pattern.

I found these little clothes pins in the office section of Walmart and they work perfect for holding the material while I glue the top and bottom on.  First I pin the fabric on to make sure it fits and then I cut off any extra fabric.  I use a glue gun and glue the bottom first, pulling tight as I go.  Then I glue the top adjusting it so the fabric fits tight on the shade.

As you can see, I mostly work while sitting at my computer, how else would I get some reading done.  I am also known to work during TV commercials. 

This seam is the hardest to get tight and straight.  I must state that I am doing this for my own home and not for resale.  I have learned to be happy with doing my best and the next one is always better than the last.

I use different trims for both the top and bottom of the shades.  I have used such trims as; laces, buttons, paper roses, pom pom's and whatever else I have in the house.
The ruffle and rose trim are premade and I bought them both at Joann Fabrics.

I glued the buttons on the top of the shade and a ruffle on the bottom.

I decided a ribbon bow and some paper roses from Michael's were necessary as a final touch.  I think my new shade turned out adorable and it looks perfect in my office. 

I hope you like my enhanced shade and maybe you will try to make one too!

I am linking to Faded Charm for White Wednesday,
 Restore Interiors for Restored It Wednesday,
Air Your Laundry Friday at Freckled Laundry.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for reading to the end of my post to find out who won the CSN giveaway!

And the WINNER is:


Congrats, I will email you with the details, happy shopping.


  1. Oh my goodness that is so lovely. It almost looks like a wonderful old timey hat. Love it and thanks for sharing. Now I have to search your site to see if you have directions on those "to die for" paper roses.
    thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

  2. it!!
    So romantic:)

    xo, Rosemary

  3. Gorgeous! It ((does))) look like the old wonderful hats we all love!

  4. Love your pretty lampshade! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Congrats to the winner.


  5. It is absolutely the cutest thing ever!! Thanks for the inspiration and the directions!

  6. I love it. So pretty.

    Lisa x

  7. OMg Alaina this is just too gorgeous!!!!
    Oh I have to try this!!

    How the heck did you know I 've been wandering my house with my paint brush looking for something to paint???
    You are too funny! Maybe us blogging girls are too alike!

  8. You turned that shade into such a pretty, prissy thing. She probably feels as gorgeous as she looks!

  9. I am loveing your shade....alaina but the lamp itself is awesome!!!!!!!!!

  10. LOVE your new shade! Especially the ribbon, can never seem to get those right.. lol

  11. Alaina!

    How many times can I tell you this? You're so creative! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I am going to attempt to make one and will share my results with you! One question: Have you ever hot glued your fingers to your keyboard? (Look at above photo) hehehe

    Your Friend,

  12. Very pretty. Thank you for the tutorial. Now I'm off the find a shade I can do this to.

  13. I absolutely LOVE your lamp shade! Thanks for sharing how you made it!

  14. Your lamp shade is so pretty! It's fun to see such beautiful results with makeovers. I just did a lamp shade makeover for my living room. Great job!

  15. Thanks for taking the time to post a tutorial - much appreciated!

  16. Such a pretty shade, thank you for the tutorial. Wishing you a wonderful day

  17. Alaina, this is darling! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I love both your sweet shades, this one and the one in your previous post. Don't you just love those paper roses? I use them everywhere. They add so much.
    I loved all the beautiful linens in your previous post too...and you definitely can't have too many.
    sending big hugs your way...

  18. Oh that last lampshade you pictured is to die for! Deelish!

  19. That is SO pretty! I adore the little details...every one of them! Happy to see you link up. :) Thanks so much for sharing with Air Your Laundry Friday.



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