You might recall that a long time ago I posted a to-do list. Or you’ve probably forgotten about it – I won’t blame you, it’s been a long time, afterall. So far we’ve finished the outdoor table (and matching benches), the gallery wall, and hung a poster. When I put it that way it doesn’t seem like we’ve done much at all… but we’ve also halfway done on organizing the “trastero” – we have to pick up a few more shelves before we’re completely done with that – and we’ve also built the barstools for the kitchen. We haven’t done the finish yet (that’s why I haven’t blogged about them) because we’re getting the doors of the upper cabinets changed sometime soon, so we’re waiting for the new ones to arrive before we decide on a paint color or varnish. Plus, the drying rack area is also (almost) done – probably by next week or so! (crossing fingers for nice weather…)
We’ve also tackled item number four on the list – a lampshade for the spare bedroom. I had been eyeing drum pendant lighting for a while, but I didn’t find anything cheap that I liked. After a long, fruitless search, I finally decided to make one myself. I wanted a pattern that didn’t compete with the curtains, but that it was somehow related to them; this one from Orla Kiely seemed perfect. And it was easy enough for me to trace on fabric. Luckily, Ikea came out with a new shade, Lobbo (7€ in Spain), which had just the shape I wanted so I could use it as a starting point. It was very cheap looking (it’s plastic, afterall) but I didn’t mind because I was planning on covering it. I picked one up in white so the color wouldn’t show through, and I bought a cream, linen-like fabric also from Ikea, plus a lighting kit (
I couldn’t find this one in the US store, sorry Here’s the US link – Thanks Kristen!). Here it is already mounted…
… but let me explain the whole process:
- I chose the design and printed it out on paper. Before deciding on the size of the pattern I took into account the diameter of my shade. (Here’s a downloadable PDF in case someone wants to try it on their own)
- I decided the shade was too tall relative to the diameter, so I cut it out a bit with scissors until I got the desired height. I did this after having the design picked out; but you can also do it the other way around.
- I glued the fabric to the plastic – they sell the shade disassembled (only at Ikea!); but this time it was actually helpful, since I could lay it out like a piece of paper and it was easier to paint. I thought it was easier to paint the design after it was glued to the plastic (otherwise the fabric might not be as streched out as one would want). The glue I used was very heavy duty (and toxic; I had to let it dry outside) because anything else wouldn’t stick. I used clothespins to keep the fabric taut while I glued it. Having another person around to help you is also nice.
- Then I used masking tape to paint a crisp white border on the top and bottom. (I used the same paint as I did for the Ikea rug – it worked just as well! and I still have a lot of paint to use up haha). The fabric might not look very streched out in this picture but once you assemble it it looks perfect.
- After letting it dry, I used more masking tape to paint the “stems” of the design (after double measuring how many centimeters there should be between each one).
- The last thing I did was trace the leaves. I marked where each leave should go for every stem; cut out a single leave out of my printout, and traced it lightly with a pencil. Then I just painted it with a brush.
- When everything was dry, I assembled the shade (it took a couple of tries and the fabric un-glued itself from the plastic at the joint, but I just glued it back on). I was planning on hemming the edge, but honestly, you can’t really see it even though I cut it with scissors. Probably because it’s up high, and on the less-visible side of the room. The edges didn’t even fray.
- Retouch the paint on the edge if necessary, and finish assembling the shade like the Ikea instructions indicate (don’t you find the Ikea instructions hilarious?) – you’ll have to punch out three holes on the fabric that align with the holes on the plastic shade; anything sharp will do since the holes are pretty small.
- Use the Ikea lighting kit to mount it on the ceiling… it actually took us a while, and the shade is still a bit crooked, but we haven’t been able to figure out why. We’ll get to that soon enough. In the meantime, we get to enjoy a new shade – no more lightbulbs!
I really like how it turned out – and you can’t beat the price: 7€ for the lampshade + 3€ for the fabric + 2.5€ for the lighting kit = 12.5 euros! (we already owned the other supplies such as the glue, paint, brush etc.). Plus I like that it’s highly customizable – and if you choose an already patterned fabric, it’s actually a very easy and fast project: glue the fabric; assemble the shade; mount it on the ceiling; you’re done. I forsee more drum pendants in my future – what do you think?