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.