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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

DIY Lamp Shades - Pottery Barn Knockoffs

Remember my thrift store lamps made over  that I needed shades for? Well, I found shades I really liked but I did NOT like the price tag. They were from Pottery Barn but are not available any longer. I don't remember for sure but I think they were $89. Apiece. And I needed 2. No absolutin', tootin' way! A little DIY later......

Original version from Pottery Barn: (above) and my DIY version: (below)

When I began brainstorming how I could get these shades without paying the price, I first thought to find drum shades and recover them. However, I couldn't find a pair of shades in the size I needed.  Enter lampshade parts, drop cloth, and paint pens. I tore the drop cloth into the size I needed and pressed it smooth.
Using masking tape, I masked off the lines and took a paint pen and filled in the spaces. Then I took spray adhesive and attached the drop cloth to the lamp shades I had made. I used a hot glue gun to fasten the edges up underneath and VIOLA! here is the finished product.

Price breakdown as follows:
Lamp shade parts: $35 (1/3 of that was shipping!)
Drop cloth: $5 (I used half of $9.98)
Paint pen and miscellaneous: $5
Total: $45 for BOTH lamp shades or about $23 apiece.

Linking to the parties in my 'Favorite Places to Link' tab.
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/2011/08/wow-us-wednesdays-28.html

On a side note: I know my photography totally stinks. Please help! I welcome any and all pointers you can give me.

23 comments:

  1. Amazing! You take on tasks that would simply floor me. I am in the same catagory as to photography skills, but, I am so thankful to have a simple camera to put into pictures what I am, at least, thinking. Great job!

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  2. PERFECT!!
    I've been waiting to do a table runner but I'm afraid of not getting the lines straight!

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  3. This is so gorgeous! I am re-doing my master bedroom (on the cheap, of course), and this would be great for our lampshade. Thanks for sharing it! I love your windmill photo. I grew up on a farm, so it brings back memories! I'm following your blog now.

    Come visit!


    Kelly

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  4. What a great makeover!! I am so impressed! I think I will have to try it sometime.

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  5. That is one great DIY project...I love them, I'll have to get some paint pens though! I'm your newest follower BTW, stop by when you get a few minutes!

    Rondell

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  6. You did a wonderful job on these! They will look terrific in your wonderful farmhouse. I'm a new follower too!

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  7. This is just beautiful.. My gosh...you did a fantastic job.
    xo bj

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  8. B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!! They look amazing!

    What kind of new camera did you get?

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  9. I LOVE this idea! Such a great way to make a super cute lamp shade. Great job! I would love to have you share this at my link party, Show & Share!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-2.html

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  10. Love Love Love the shades! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I am a new follower.

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  11. Those are fantastic lamp shades. So happy to visit with you from LaurieAnna's.

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  12. Great job! I've been considering replicating these PB shades myself!

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  13. Wow, your version looks just as great as the pottery barn ones!!!

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  14. Rachel, I just followed your link from FJI. I love these shades! I've looked a long time for some drum shades & can't find the right size either. Can you please give us more detail on how you made lampshade base? Did you actually make the base or buy them? Thanks!

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  15. Fabulous! I'll be featuring these tonight!

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  16. Rachel, the link to go to "Valerie's" doesn't work for me, however, I can come to your home page. just letting you know I can't see your guest post (sigh)

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  17. Rachel, thanks for blogging for me today!! I love having you as my guest... here is the link to your post.... http://wwwglimpseofmyworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/guest-blogger-friday-come-on-in-door-is.html

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  18. Cute, cute, cute!!

    Did your mustard colored shutter come from the Restore? It looks just like the one I got from there awhile back. :)

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  19. It's good to see beautiful stuffs here, that just got me inspired. The lamps are fabulous. They look great. Your ideas are surely remarkable.

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  20. Just stumbled across these while looking for lamp inspiration... Love them!

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Thanks for taking the time to make my day with your comments!