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doily lamp makeover

I’ve had a jerry-rigged flea market lamp on my desk for about a year. But the bland lampshade started to bug me, and I thought a nice pop of color would brighten up the corner.

Lena Corwin’s Printing By Hand was my starting point. Instead of her contact paper method, I used leftover doilies I had on hand from this project, because I'm loving their lacy effect and trying to find modern ways to use them.

When I peeled back the doilies, I first thought I wasn’t crazy about this project. But now that it’s in place, I’m digging it. I think if I had to do it over again, I think I might add even more doilies (gasp!) because I really like the contrast and texture. And it’s a bonus that I looks just as nice when the light isn’t on.

You can check out the step-by-step process right here.

One funny side note to this project: Before Valentine’s Day, my husband was across town near a craft store and I asked him to stop in and pick up a pack of the smallest doilies they had. He reported back that he diligently asked the cashier, I didn’t think I would ever hear myself ask this question, but do you have any smaller doilies?

He’s a keeper.

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Reader Comments (13)

Kelly, I love how you took one of my favorite sources of inspiration (Printing by Hand) and ran with it! Great lampshade... I tend to be a less is more kind of person, but I agree more doilies might be interesting, too! Wonderful post!

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaya*made

I absolutely LOVE that book, and I love the design you came up with! It is so unique and crafty! Great job.

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Hi, I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR TUTORIAL!! So cute! Hope this is not too much to ask, but can you make either a PDF or make a page with all steps? It would be much easier for the readers to print out all at once.


March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJP

What a fun project!

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe 6 O'Clock Stitch

Cute idea.

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGustoso

This is a great idea! That book is my favorite source of inspiration right now too, and I've been considering doing something like this too my drum lampshades. I was even thinking about sewing old handmade doilies onto them in a similar pattern! But this would be easier, I do believe. Thanks for sharing!

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristena

I love the way your lampshade turned out! Thanks for this — and the process shots are great.

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen jafarzadeh

I love this idea. Thanks for the step by step tutorial.

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Hi Kelly:

Your note about your hubs made me smile broadly. Only the heartiest and most loving men could weather being married to us crafters...


March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim W

Oh I love it! Hmm...I might have to do this in my guestroom. Thanks so much for the idea, I'll be linking.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Yay!! Great project..can't wait to try it out!!!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraubrey

This is really cute. I have a rather boring lamp shade that might get painted this four day weekend....

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Wow, this is lovely! I'm on a bit of a doily kick right now, so I'll be using your tute as soon as I can track down a lamp to play guinea-pig. Thanks so much for posting this...

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

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