Easily Give an Old Lampshade a Trendy New Look

Vintage drum-style lampshades can be found for a steal at estate and garage sales but they typically show some signs of their age. In less than 30 minutes, give this old shade a trendy new lease on life with just a bit of upholstery trim and glue. 

Easy-to-Craft Greek Key Lampshade

Easy-to-Craft Greek Key Lampshade

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

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Cut + Start Applying Trim

Materials Needed

  • drum-style lampshade
  • flat upholstery tape trim (enough to wrap around shade with a bit of overage)
  • clear, fast-dry fabric glue
  • scissors
  • chip brush
  • disposable container for glue

Wrap trim around the bottom of the shade to determine how much you'll need, add about an inch to this measurement and cut. Note: For my 12" shade, I used 1-1/4 yards. Pour a small amount of glue into a disposible container (like a plastic bowl or even just a bit of aluminum foil). Starting at the shade's seam, and working in small sections, brush a consistently thick layer of fabric glue onto the area of the shade that will be covered by trim, then press the trim into place to secure it.

Before and After:

Dented and Dated

Old Damaged Lampshade

Timelessy On-Trend

Old Lampshade Updated With Trendy Greek Key Trim
H. Camille Smith

Old Damaged Lampshade

Old Lampshade Updated With Trendy Greek Key Trim

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Continue Attaching Trim

Continue working your way around the shade, applying a small amount of glue, then pressing the trim in place. Tip: Because most drum shades have at least a bit of taper, pull the trim taught as you apply it to eliminate any puckering at the top.

Adding Greek Key Trim

Adding Greek Key Trim

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Create a Clean Seam

When you reach the lampshade's seam, turn about 1/4" of the trim under, gluing it in place — fabric to fabric, then fabric to shade — to create a clean, flat seam (Image 1). Tip: Cut off any excess if you have too much trim left to neatly turn under. Add your new-and-improved vintage shade to an equally chic vintage lamp and admire your crafty handiwork (Image 2).

Adding Greek Key Trim to Lampshade

Adding Greek Key Trim to Lampshade

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

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