It's so important in a home to have good task and ambient lighting in our spaces. But spending money on expensive lamps and consuming new materials is not something I like to do often, especially where there are usually great vintage options out there ready to refresh!
Antique markets, flea markets, and thrift shops usually have a selection of lamp bases, and sometimes you even get lucky enough to find a shade that's in good enough shape with it. That's exactly what I came across when I lived in Alberta before moving east. This beautifully shaped vintage mid-century modern lamp called to me - the base was in great shape and the shade was workable. The shade was stained so needed fresh paint on the inside and recovering on the outside. Not a problem. Here's the before and after.
After moving to southern Ontario, I found an amazing strip of fabric shops along Ottawa Street in Hamilton. They're gems! I snagged a polka dot cotton that's reminiscent of a 60's pattern that goes well with the lamp style. So I broke out the paint and hot glue gun.
1. I painted the inside and outside with white latex paint to cover the stains and the bold pattern.
2. I painted the bottom brass base of the stand.
3. I cut the new material an inch wider than the shade on either side and an inch longer than it took to roll completely around the shade.
4. I used a hot glue gun on the bottom and top rim to secure the extra fabric I had folded over onto the inside of the shade.
This project was simple and cheap: the vintage lamp was $10 and the new fabric was $6. It was a sustainable and affordable option for stylish and functional lighting.