Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lampshade Love

There was an unfortunate "slipcover incident" in my house not long ago that necessitated a trip to Ikea for a new slipcover.  Ikea isn't around the corner, so I wasn't happy about this trip, but I figured that since I had to go, I may as well look around.  As I walked through the lighthing, a lampshade jumped out at me. 

Upon further investigation, I realized that like so many lampshades these days, this one did not use a harp.  Instead it had one of those ring-thingys that slip over a socket.  I stared at the lampshade, then the wall at Ikea that listed a million options for said lampshade except how to use it on a non-Ikea lamp. 

I still wanted it.  I brought it home refusing to be defeated and channeling Tim Gunn, I made it work.

This lamp came as a set with other lamps including the lampshades which is something we purchased as new homeowners.  They worked to give us light, but didn't do much in terms of interest. 

I think the new shade completely changes how the lamp looks.  I think its a little small, but I can live with that since it adds a little life to this corner.

How did I make it fit?  First, I removed the harp.  Easy enough.  I crossed my fingers and tried to place it over the socket.  No luck, of course.  The hole was just barely too small.  I wondered for a while how I could make the hole in this plastic ring just a little bigger. 

Then it hit me. 

 I called my husband at work and asked, "Where is the Dremel?"  His response was "Basement, left cabinet.  Okay, bye."  After I got off the phone, I smiled because he didn't even want to know what I was doing.  Using the little sander attachment I grinded away and after a couple of minutes.  Eureka!  Success. 

Take that Ikea. 


  1. Wow, such a small change makes such a big difference! Love the shade with the pictures.

  2. That new shade really does complete the look! Good job!!

  3. It looks perfect! Weren't you clever!

    Flora Doora

  4. huge difference love this shade you found and it does live'n up that corner.

  5. love the shade, it looks really pretty and perfect in the corner with the floral artwork!

  6. I wish I had read this post a couple of weeks ago. I bought that exact lamp shade from Ikea and ended up giving it to the Goodwill because I couldn't make it work on the lamp I had. So sad, too bad for me. You are ingenious!

  7. Hi Melanie!
    Love the lampshade and what you did with it to fit is ingenious, I'll have to remember that:) Our Ikea is about 40 miles away so I don't get there very often but I do love the place.
    I just took your Home tour and you have such a lovely home, thanks for adding the paint color names I've wrote down a couple, love the bathroom color-Pewter Vase=lovely


  8. Love it and what a great solution. Looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  9. The pretty embroidered lampshade does enhance your corner! Very clever of you to figure out how to make it work.

  10. I really enjoy your blog, although I've never left a comment before.
    I absolutely love your lampshade! It is the sort of detail that makes everything come together. It ties in the lamp base, the floral prints and the chair so beautifully - and I stand in awe at your ability to solve the practical problems in order to make things work.

  11. Small change = big difference. Looks great!

  12. What a fantastic lampshade!! It looks so pretty with the prints!

  13. Hey!:) That is wonderful! I love it, it looks really amazing in the corner there.
    Hugs, Cindy


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