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50s Ceiling Lights Shade Makeover

Added Feb 29, 2012

by Ulrika Grevin

Stockholm, Sweden






This lamp is a christmas gift from an ex boyfriend – most definitely with a feel for vintage shopping. I remember recieving the wrapped gift and thinking how far the proportions of the box was with how close we were at the time ;)

The lamp shade measures 1.20m and was in a fairly good condition when I got it +10 years ago. As far as I could see, still in its original execution (fittings are still flawless). It has been in use frequently by me as well as being storaged for a couple of years. When moving flats last year it didn’t really meet my standars. Fabrics had gone rusty from the wire frame and miscoloured by glue. So I decided to spruce it up.

Once I got started, I figured it was all doable from a technical and crafty point of view. I realised it would be a matter of time, patientece and endurance. To and from I have worked it for 12 months. Just unpicking 3 hand sewed seams from the +3.50m circular spoke took me weeks! As if the shade had a soul and offered a great resistance – “Undressing me? Not that easy!”

The lining is made out of an old satin bed sheet and is constructed as a flat piece of round with a border. The cover fabric is crep de chine, made as a huge tube which I closed in one end, fixed to the centre point of the wire frame, draped around its outer circular spoke, stretched and attached in a final seam. The upper inner “wheel” was dressed with a lace which was trimmed to fit. All old seam tape was removed and 3/4 circular spokes were re-wrapped. All seams are hand sewed. A bit of fabric glue went in there as well.

I am so pleased with the result. It’s now installed and lightens up my room, looking absolutely stunning.





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    Mar 5, 2012, 08.29 AMby zaarissima

    it looks beautiful! great work!

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    Mar 3, 2012, 09.47 PMby smallone

    I admire your patience….especially as it has produced a wonderful result.

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    Mar 3, 2012, 04.35 PMby kerstika

    This looks absolutely amazing! Great work!

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    Mar 3, 2012, 02.33 PMby patti-r

    It looks Awesome!!! Agree with all other compliments and “kelepso” well worth the efforts!!!!

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    Mar 3, 2012, 02.21 PMby kelepso

    …in the end, it was all worth it. I would love to have a piece like that in my home. I’m very fond of vintage furniture and lighting. Well done!

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    Mar 3, 2012, 02.18 PMby DanaRose84

    Wow! What an amazing piece! I’ve never seen anything like that and now I have to have one : )

    Great job sprucing it up.

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    Mar 3, 2012, 01.01 PMby amaydak

    this looks great!

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