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« on: August 15, 2009 07:59:52 AM »

I bought these lamps a few weeks ago because i fell in love with the wood, and I love them even more after I painted them.  

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However, I have a bit of a problem with the shades.  The ones that came with the lamps are a little big, and really dirty.  I tried spray painting them but they still look funny.   Does anyone have any ideas on what I could do to fix them, or even a suggestion on a different type of shade that would look better?

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009 08:52:15 AM »

I can see why you snagged those. They look awesome with the new paint!
They made me think of these shades my sister has:
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2009 12:21:25 PM »

Lookin good!  I think that the barrel shade is the way to go, but maybe one with a slightly smaller diameter and about the same height as the current shades.  The trick might be finding shades to use the harp that the lamp has.  So many reasonably priced shades at the chain stores have the type of connector that sits at the base of the bulb.  Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009 12:14:07 AM »

Nice recon.  Perhaps you can cover the shades with fabric that matches your room decor and color.  I'm sure I've seen this type of thing on craftster.
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009 03:26:40 PM »

Wrap the shades in fabric. Since you said you tried spray painting them, you might want to layer some plain colored fabric then top it with a patterned fabric, so the paint doesn't show through. They will be darker shades when you turn the lights on, but you won't need to buy new shades. Sometimes when you think the shades are too big, it's not. If you tried anything smaller it wouldn't be right. These things were designed to be together, like siblings.

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009 04:51:59 PM »

Thanks for all the great suggestions.  I think I will keep those shades, atleast for now.  I looked all over but couldnt find anything I liked better that fit with those bases and since I move in just over a week I'm all out of time.  Fabric seems like the easiest way to make them look presentable so I think I'll try that first.

Again, thanks so much for all the suggestions, they really helped. Smiley

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