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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Industrial Chic Skelton Lamps

Do you like skeleton shades? I do! I've always had a thing for Industrial Chic.!
OK, so maybe I created the term, definition- Industrial Chic : Raw,junky design; not as frilly as Shabby Chic.

I've been wanting to add some light to this corner. I also wanted it to hang. I thought about lighting a birdcage but when I was at the thrift store and saw these lamps shades "Light bulb!"

Bought one large, one small

Cut through and rip off the old fabric from around the shade.

Then stick the small inside the large.

Next, install the lamp cord. You can buy them at Pier 1 for about $10. I had this one already from an old lamp that hasn't been hung up in a long, long long long time, but I alway kept it knowing I would do something with it! Glad I did! I love being able to shop in my basement!

The cord needed some help, so I debated between chain or fabric.

Went with the fabric! Much easier and a softer look. So I cut a piece about 5"x6'

Now, I was dumb and picked a fabric that was stiff and didn't bunch by itself like a linen or maybe even like a light cotton would. So I had to sew my own "bunching"

To make: I folded the 5" piece in half, right sides together. Then did pleats about every 4". Sewed the side closed, and flip right side out....which was probably the hardest part! I ripped 2 pleats in the process and had to sew those closed by hand. Blerg.

In the end, it worked out great and bunched beautifully on it's own!

Some junk turned into something fun!

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  1. How creative you are. I have a bunch of funky shaped lamp shades that I was going to recover but I really like this idea too. Industrial Chic, love it!!

  2. really fun! i love how interesting your corner is!


  3. i just love how you put one inside the other. so creative.

    loving this look! thanks for sharing.

  4. Absolutely fantastic! I love that whole set up you have there! Bravo!

  5. Cool! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  6. Great idea! I love these types of lamps! Thanks for sharing! :)

    - Lauren

  7. ohhhhhh pretty pretty pretty - love the industrial edge....I just did a lampshade deconstruction too - check er out -


    off to check out more of your blog!

  8. This looks so neat - what a great idea!

  9. Wow that looks really neat and I would never have thought of it! I'd love to see you sometime at my weekend linky party :) http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

  10. How fun! I won't look at a lampshade the same way again! :)


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