Old lampshades?

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

I have several old, sturdy, but yellowed lampshades. They are way too big for any lamps I now use. Some straight cylinder shaped, one sharp-pleated and larger at the bottom,, one a cylinder with pleated silky fabric but the lining dry rotted out. Are there ways to use the frames or something?

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Turn them into trellises for your vining plants.

Take the fabric off, turn them upside down, attach some chains, add some crystals and make a chandaleer.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

The frames might be useful for hanging dried flowers or for a mix of Christmas cards and ornaments. You might even wrap the frame in ribbon.

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Pretty picture, ecnalg!

Decatur, GA

I have several old lampshades myself. I have been wondering about refurbishing them, not necessarily repurposing them. Anyone try painting them? Dying the yellowed fabric of the shade? Bleaching them white or lighter?

Eagle Point, OR(Zone 8a)

I had an old fabric lampshade with a waterstain. It was summer, so I sprayed it off outside with the gardenhose with a brass nozzle set to a fairly gentle spray. I let it dry, but the waterstain was still visible. I made a paste of powdered cleanser (Ajax, Comet or Bon Ami type) and scrubbed the brown edges of the stain with an old toothbrush. It worked to fade the stain, but unfortunately the fabric of the shade was glued to some sort of "paper" on the inside. The old glue between the fabric and paper kind of came back to life, causing ugly stains and puckering of the shade overall. In other words, don't try this at home! Fortunately, the shade was one I had snapped up for free at a yard sale. Unfortunately, it is still out in the garage.

I hope you will get better advice.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

I'm working on a shade now that I tore the fabric off of and am now hand lacing. When it gets done I'll have to post pics. :)

Decatur, GA

I was wondering about spray paint? Anyone try that?

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

I'd think that unless you were really careful that spray paint would not end up looking all that hot.
it tends to run and you would end up with some ugly shades, however you could try spraying the paint into the lid of the can or into a bowl or something and using a fine brush to actually paint designs onto the shade I have done that and it ended up looking awesome.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

Oh u asked about dying them, yes it can be done.
You need:
Old clean rags.
Dye packets (wet not powder)

To do:
Don gloves.
Empty dye pks into bucket
Place shade on paper
Dip rag into dye and gently rub with even strokes over shade
Wipe away excess with clean rag allow to dry fully.

Test this with a small area first some matterials hold color better than others.
We had a black lamp with an ugly white shade, I used spray paint as I posted earlier and then used gold model car paint and a pretty stencil to finish it off. I wish I had pics of it the lamp is now part of my little sisters dorm room, I'll see if she can remember to snap a pic of it.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Thanks for that Cicca.
I could practice the dye on some, then tear up the mistakes for some other ideas here, then do for real dye on some to use.

Decatur, GA

Thanks Cicca. Those are some good ideas! I think fabric dye makes a lot more sense than spray paint.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

I'm full of useless information. lol Glad you found it helpful!
Post pics and let us know how it works out for you. PLEASE!!!!!!!

Dahlonega, GA

Paint 'em with Kilz , then paint with whatever you want . Works on paper or fabric .

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Sally - I burned the fabric off a tall, large lamp shade and now it's invisible (except for winter) to hold up the Baptisia that loves to spread out way too much. I used long earth staples to secure it.

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Mesa, AZ(Zone 9b)

take the fabric off and put clear plastic on, use on small plants in the winter during a frost.


Dahlonega, GA

Except for a small hoop house with frost cloth over it , I just keep 5 gal.buckets to turn over my very few small plants . I have some lattice against the foundation and a rake, some stakes , and an old quilt from the thrift store , cut in four sections and hemmed make great covers for my plants. I stick one end of rake and stakes in the lattice and the other end comes out and props on a wagon . drape the quilt over the stakes and rake .If I had some tomato cages , they would work like the lamp shades .
Hope this makes sense .

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

pirl's idea might be my best use for the ones that are really just too big for my current lamps anyway.
Thanks everybody for the ideas and hints.

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