Monday, August 2, 2010

French Script Lampshade Tutorial

As promised here is the tutorial for the lampshade I made for my sister's living room makeover.

She bought this lamp at HomeGoods and decided to split it up, the base would look better in her bedroom while the shades would work better in the living room with the bases she already had there. (it's white with a navy base and navy trim).
First we gave it a stain by using left over coffee from that morning. Just simply rub it all over using a sponge. Apply as much or as little as you want until you get the color you want.
**hint- if you have some colored trim on the shade as we did, be careful to try and not get too much "stain" on the trim as it might start to bleed and color the shade like ours did. However we were going for a shabby chic look and after the words were applied you couldn't see it as much**
Let it dry completely...


I forgot to take a picture of the stamping process and of the stamp but we found a french scripted stamp at Hobby Lobby for about $10 I think, it was about 4x6 or 5x7 in size, as well as a black stamp pad. My mom found a pad that had ink for fabric projects and dried super fast, not sure the brand, I'll find out for you if you want to know. I rubbed the pad over the stamp and carefully stamped the shade with a roll stamp technique since it's a rounded shade. It's better to practice on an old shade or something else round to get the hang of it. We decided to overlap the stamp when it came time for the bottom half to get stamped as well, but you could cover the bottom trim of your shade and and just line the stamp at the bottome of the first line. Are you getting all of this? It's pretty easy if you go to do it yourself, you'll understand what I'm saying.

Then it's time for the ribbon trim. Pretty much just cover the existing trim with your ribbon color choice, we choose black. Make sure you begin it at the seam so you keep with only one seam and not end up with 2. Fold over the end of your ribbon so it won't fray and you end up with a finished looking piece. I used fabric glue and it seemed to dry pretty fast.

We also kept the new lamp's finial and added it to the living room lamp, painted it black as well to match her existing lamp bases.
With the lights on...
And lights off...
They turned out really good and we were really happy with the results. You could also find a lampshade that is already a linen color and not have to do the staining part. That's it, pretty easy and didn't take too long.

Good luck if you try it yourself and let me know so I can see pictures!

~Megan



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24 comments:

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I love your lampshade! You did a great job!
{Rebekah}

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

LOVE THIS! But I don't have a stamp, hmmm. I'm thinking of hand writing the lyrics to a favorite song in French on some muslin, then using it on a lampshade. Hmmmm. Maybe I should just get a stamp? I live 25 miles from town. Hmmmm. I really like your project, you're really motivating me to copy you!

Christine said...

This is a great project, it came out really terrific. I might just have the room for this idea!

Kaysi said...

WOW that looks great!!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Megan, I love this project! Thanks for the neat tutorial. :) I'm going to feature this on my Weekend Bloggy Reading post next Friday (I'll be out of town this week). :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Megan, I love the lampshade. So creative to use a stamp! It looks fabulous - Fantastic job. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Christie said...

I love this! Stephanie Lynn @ Under the Table and Dreaming featured my porch, so I came over to grab a button and saw your lovely lamp! I am going to try this! I LOVE it! We are headed to HL today to find a stamp! Thank you! I will send a picture...I may even try on a small little night lamp for my bathroom...hmmmm...thinking of all the places I could use this lamp...just wonderful! thanks!

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Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very cute! I love how you used a stamp to get the look!

Lorrie said...

What a great idea.

Chris said...

This is such a great idea! It's a new lamp! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

mle said...

LOVE this!!! My daughter has a vintage Parisian vibe going on in her room & I was just thinking that her lamp shade needed a little somethin' - thanks!!

Amanda said...

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I think this is a brilliant idea! What great insturctions!!! French wording and frech themes are so popular right now and this is a wonderful way to give a nod to the current trend without a huge investment.
I'm following you~ you have fabulous idea!
So nice to meet you today!
Yvonne

Stephanie said...

Wow that turned out great! Love it!

Humble Housekeeping said...

This is so awesome! I just scored a cheap lampshade that I'm hoping to do this...mentioned you on my blog and I'm now your newest follower! Thanks!

Stephanie said...

Wow you and your mom did a great job! I love the way it turned out. So unique.

Danielle said...

Wow. I'm in love with this!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Hi Megan! I adore this lamp.I bookmarked it months ago and finally got around to featuring it today.

The script on the shade is sensational. I haven't done too much stamping (especially on a ROUND surface!) but I need to check stamps out! Very cute for home decor!

Connie @ Salvage Savvy said...

This looks great, I love it!!

Melissa said...

Found you at the CSI Project. What a beautiful lamp makeover! I love the staining, french script - everything!! Great job. My lamp is #41, I'd love for you to stop by and visit. :)

Jessica said...

What an awesome job, I love how this turned out and I happen to be a stamper so I will have to try this!

Dear Lillie said...

REALLY LOVE THIS!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is super cute!