Fabric Lamps

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Project by sblg43 posted 01-12-2010 08:17 AM 1869 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an idea that I got when I worked at a furniture store. We always had a stack of discontinued fabric samples lying around and it seemed a shame to just toss ‘em. So….

It’s about as simple as could be – a chunk of wood wrapped with fabric and topped with oak or pine. I built a lot of these lamps in all different heights, and fabrics.

The copper lamp is simply wood wrapped in thin copper sheeting. It was a “special order” from a couple at my church. The humor is that the woman liked distressed copper and her husband came home from work to find her beating up the lamp with a ball peen hammer! (And I was careful to polish it and not get fingerprints on it :P)

The first pic is another “special order” for a leather lamp with a pine top and base. The rope really made it look “Western”. (But they had a heck of a time finding a shade to match)

The bases that are not solid pine or oak are painted MDF.

Most of the hardware is available at the local hardware store, but I was particular about some brass parts. I had to special order brass parts from various websites (especially the neck).

If you want a great gift idea, build a lamp with fabric that will appeal to the person getting the gift. Cat lover=cat fabric, Lighthouse lover=lighthouse fabric…etc…

-- If you want perfection, buy plastic, if you want character, buy wood!

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 05:15 PM

I love these and because I have been sewing since I was 8 and am now in my 50’s I have accumulated ALOT of fabric scraps. I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for the idea.

-- Joanne, New York,

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 06:12 PM

very nice idea. hope you don’t mind me using it. change a room in just a few mins. time. new curtians just change fabric on lamp.


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