I love lamps, especially those huge, funky shapes that were so popular in the 60s and 70s. I don't have space in my house for a huge lamp, but can still take advantage of the chunky shapes.
Now, the problem with this post is there is not a photo of the before. I am an impulsive refurbisher and have at times dropped what I was doing to go paint something because it had to be done. NOW! Bear with me.
The lamp itself is pottery and when purchased was brown and beige with a very nice drum shade. I don't think the shade was original to the lamp because it was really too small. I was drawn to the shape of the lamp base but knew that a taller shade would work better with the high ceilings in the room.
The first thing I did was paint the base. I have an overload of earthtones in this room, an easy thing to do when your home is made of earth. I chose a metallic silver paint to add a bright, reflective spot with a different texture to the room.
I found the shade in a thrift store in ShowLow, AZ. (WARNING: Don't travel with me if you have an aversion to thrift stores, I have a built-in radar.)
I had planned to just paint the shade to freshen it up, but happened on this great fabric that added a lot to a relatively plain lamp.
I applied the fabric with spray adhesive after painting the shade with a light spray of the silver metallic paint. Jute twine was then glued in 3 rounds as trim for the top and bottom.
After trying the shade on the lamp, I added some of the jute twine to the neck of the lamp.
I like it!