Monday, 20 August 2012

a lamp and some lace

Once again, blogland has inspired me. Someone who thinks out of my box, put lace on a lampshade, and I have lots of my Grandmother's lace and a ghastly coloured lampshade that desperately needs an update.

The lamp used to be in the dining-room.

Love the mirrored base, hate the colour of the shade when the light is on.

I made a new lamp for the dining-room (see below) and this one went to the mini guest room.

After some considerable time (months and months), I finally ripped the fabric off the shade.

I fixed it.

Taped up the nice shiny central section, and sprayed the rest white.

I looked through my lace, tried a few things, and settled on this.

I don't think my Grandmother made it, but I'm not sure, there's no-one left to ask now. Anyway, it's been sat in a box of mine for over 25 years, so I think it's about time I used it, as it's too lovely to sit in a box any longer.
Luckily there was 6 1/2 metres, so I didn't have to cut it, I just kept wrapping it round, using a little hot glue, so that it didn't slip.

I added detail, with a tiny bit of ribbon and a couple of buttons.

I made sure that everything looked straight at the front, and that the scallops looked good at the bottom.

I think it works perfectly, in my little corner of the mini guest room. You can just see a bit of the pelmet, that I made here.

It sits under my little shelf unit (full of treasured items), that I made here, and a cross-stitch  of a pear. 

A photo of my parents wedding and my Grandfather, Mother and Uncle in the sea somewhere. I re-gilded and aged these frames years ago as they were bright shiny gold.

I love my little corner with the lace lamp. I hope my Grandmother would like it too, and wouldn't mind the way I used her lace.

linking up with - 

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Knick of Time Tuesdays @ Knick of Time
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Primp Your Stuff Wednesdays @ {Primp}
All Star Block Party @ Full Circle Creations
Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Air Your Laundry (Friday Textile Party) @ Freckled Laundry
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground

Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday's Best @ My 1929 Charmer
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under The Table and Dreaming


  1. Now that is seriously cute and so meaningful. Why do we put away precious things like that in a box hidden away? You've inspired me to dig into my things to see what I need to use for a project. And I really like the lamp glow too

  2. The lampshade looks awesome!! What a beautiful lace! and with all those memories it couldn't be better! I love your parents pics!

  3. it's just so pretty, fiona! and how precious to use your g-mom's lace! i just did a lamp with old lace from an antique store:) have a great week--nice to see you back:)

  4. LOVE IT!! It looks like something I would buy. Great redo! Gotta go find me a lampshade and some beautiful lace :-)

  5. I love it. Great job! It looks great in your corner of the guest room. I have a lamp like that but it has a roundish shade on it that I don't like. Might have to try something like this.


    1. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  6. Oh my word that looks absolutely amazing Fiona!! I'm sure your gran would have absolutely loved your using her lace on such a gorgeous project. I love it !!!!!!

  7. hello Fiona ... I really LOVE that lamp shade. So pretty when lit too and interesting reflections. You did a fabulous job on it. Thanks for visiting (Timeless Treasures)
    Audrey Z.

  8. It looks so pretty now and casts a soft glow over your collections! Well done!

  9. Wow! what a great transformation - and I love the button detail, finishes it off beatifully. Lace now on my shopping list! CJ

  10. Fi - I have featured your amazing lamp on my FB page - I just love it so much xxx Nat

  11. Fiona, I love the lamp. The shape and the lace give it a modern twist to go with the mirrored base. Very pretty. What a gorgeous photo of your parents at their wedding too! x

  12. Fiona this is so cute! I love the way the shadow it creates on the wall and the mixing of traditional and modern. I think your grandmother would definitely be happy!

  13. Wow! Who would have thought to do something like that! Definitely doesn't look like the same lamp. Great job!

  14. Fiona, the lamp's adorable! What a difference now with the light it gives off! I think Grandmother would be proud!

  15. Tried to comment the other day about this from my possessed ipad. So I'm back to tell you that you turned this little lamp into a keepsake using gramma's lace. Smart cookie you are.


  16. Oh I love this...there is something so incredibly romantic about lace on a lampshade! and I just love how the light plays on the pretty!

    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

  17. Oh, yes! I adore the lace lampshade! Nicely done!

  18. Crazy cute! I love it! My wheels are turning from inspiration. :)

  19. I always see fun things people do with lampshades, but have never been brave enough to try one. I might have to try changing one of mine after seeing your project.

  20. I don't think your Grandmother would mind at all. I really love it, and have been playing around with a lamp I have, but the top of the shade is smaller than bottom (quite a bit). I think it looks so very pretty, elegant and adds vintageness to the lamp. Blog land is about getting inspiration from other! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  21. I'm so glad that I'm following you! What a cool idea. And I love how the lace filters the light. Excellent job!


  22. That is beautiful, Fiona! Thank you for sharing at my place!

  23. Oh, I love how this turned out!! Very clever :)

  24. Fiona,

    This is definitely the prettiest lace lampshade I have ever seen! Love it's daintiness and feminine feel and it looks absolutely perfect in that spot, along with all your other beautiful projects. Now you have inspired us!

    Have a wonderful week ahead!



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