Sunday, March 27, 2011

French Bustle Lampshades

My Master Bedroom is almost done.  I'm just waiting on the husband to hang our wedding photos.  I've only had them sitting out for him since October, after all!  I declared this weekend that I was through waiting and he needed to hang them...only to find out we don't have the right size nails or screws, ugh.  So it will have to wait until tomorrow.

In the meantime, my last project for this room was redoing my cheapo lampshades.  I got the lamps at a local store for only $38 for both, which was a great deal, but the lampshades are ugly.  I didn't want to spend more $$ on them, so I decided on some sort of a slipcover.

My original plan was to add simple ruffles a' la Dear Lillie  - So I cut the strips, and sat down to sew at my sewing machine.  The one I haven't touched in over 2 years.  And it wouldn't work.  IT HATES ME.

Back to the drawing board (what is it with me and needing back up plans?)

After an hour of searching google, I found this link to House of Chic and Penoche - This was just what I was looking for.  Just a glue gun and scissors (I left out the sewing part, because needles hate me too)

I won't give you a tutorial since they did it for me.  I didn't use the needle and thread, but just glued some folds in place.  I started at the bottom of the shade since mine is bell shaped and I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric left over.  I used the fabric liner I've been utilizing for a bunch of my other projects, and it worked well.

I apologize for the dark pics, I just couldn't wait until tomorrow to post!
Without further ado...BEFORE:


A little sneak peak of my room to tide you over until the reveal.  The shade on the left is done, the one on the right is still waiting. Doesn't the change make a huge difference?

 Here is the shade on the right.  This one turned out a little more messily gathered, which I prefer.  The reason is that I cut off the excess fabric beforehand, so I was more sure of my direction.  I keep this one on my side so the husband can have the less "fluffy" one.

 I LOVE how they turned out.  They remind me of a ball gown skirt that is gathered.  A bit like the french bustle my wedding gown had (no this is not me...I haven't change THAT much).  

I adore the look!  
What do you think?

Linking to:


 The DIY Show Off


The Girl Creative


Fantabulous Friday!

The Lettered Cottage

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Get Your Craft On Tuesday


  1. Nicely done... I'd probably add (in a similar colour but same material) roses, just running over the top of the shades. And the disks that are holding up the drapes over your bed would look nice with the same material roses as well... just my little idea ;) But very very nice!


  2. Oh this is very elegant and attractive I love how it all came out.
    I've been into bright colors this spring, well spring that is not here yet but on the way, check my blog for my silk colors.

  3. Looks great! Feels very serene. :-)

    have a great day!!


  4. What a darling lamp shade! Where can i order one? oxox, tracie

  5. A job well done,your bedroom looks beautiful.yvette@twistedvines

  6. Very nice. I've not seen this done before.


  7. I think I love the lampshade!! Gorgeous. Just the kind of thing I like. Pretty.

  8. what an elegant idea. Son just moved out of the house; getting married so I now have a room to experiment with. This is going to be beautiful in there and is definetly a starting point for inspiration!

  9. Those are soooo adorable, great job. btw, don't wait for hubby to hang your pictures, you can do it, just make sure you have a trusty level at hand. If I waited for my hubby to hang anything, I wouldn't have anything on the walls, lol. Thanks for sharing, your home is lovely.

  10. Gorgeous! I have not seen this idea before and I love it! The ruffles really do look like a wedding gown. Sorry to hear your sewing machine is being cantankerous!

  11. Oh my! This is so very lovely - just too perfect! So glad I found my way here!

  12. Lovely! I love how it totally softened up the look. It probably diffuses the light and makes it softer too, right? Good job!

    BTW - spring is springing in Battle Ground! Daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and plum trees are going nuts. It's still rainy and cold but the flowers don't care!

  13. Wow! I can't wait to see the reveal. I love the space so far. I'm here from Marty's party and I'm so glad I stopped by. I am your newest follower!

  14. The bedroom looks super ~ so pretty! I like the shades, I have never seen this done before and it is quiet nice. Very soft and elegant.

  15. These shades are adorable and you're right-they do look like the skirt of a ballgown-I'm your newest follower-stop over to visit! Claire

  16. That really looks great. So beautiful. I host a link party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. I would love for you to stop by and join the party. Thanks.

  17. I love the look! It is soft and different!

  18. I am so glad you stopped by and linked up this gorgeous project to my Swing into Spring party. So nice to "meet" you.

  19. hiya , these shade are soo pretty thanks for sharing , i'm visiting from diy by design and hope you will stop by mine sometime

  20. Amazing how something so simple can make such a big difference. I love the idea and love your blog. I'm your newest follower.


  21. I adore these! Beautiful

  22. i love that little bustled lampshade...well done...and it does make a huge difference in the room, which i can't wait to see all finished...if you're not all partied out, come and share on fridays unfolded @

    blessings from a fellow homeschool mum,

    stuff and nonsense

  23. I like it! It's so flowy and soft. Good job.

  24. I love it! Its more relaxed looking than ruffles, so more elegant. Glad I spotted it over at Frugalicious Friday.

  25. It so soft and pretty! What a great idea. I love the way it looks.

  26. I need to try this!
    I have a white lamp with roses all over it.....white, ceramic roses.
    This is the look I was going for in my head!
    So Thanks!!!

  27. Oh and Miranda.......
    needles and sewing machines don't have emotions!
    I don't think they hate you!
    Try to make friends.........just saying! ha

  28. Oh I love this and want one!!!

  29. Will you make one for me? LOVE IT!!

  30. They turned out beautifully, I say if the hot glue gun works... plug it in! Your bedroom is so pretty! I came over from Debra's and am glad I did! xoxo

  31. i like it!! gives the lamp a much more romantic look!

    PS: I'm doing a giveaway on my blog for $20 to my etsy shop, stop by and enter if you like pretty jewelry! :)

  32. Hi there- it came out darling- what a sweet and pretty shade! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  33. I featured your gorgeous lamp at my Swing into Spring party. Please stop by to pick up your "I've Been Featured" button. Thanks.

  34. Love this!! it is perfect!!! It is an amazing change. I am going to have to copy this I think Thank you for sharing..

  35. I love how this turned out. I've decorated all of my great room lamps with vintage really dresses them up. I'm dropping by for White Wednesday.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

  36. I was just sitting here thinking "what could I do with my silver lamp base and cream colored shade..??" Love it!!


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