I guess it’s because we have a bambina on the way (and thoughts of moving on the brain!) but I’ve been in a serious nesting mode lately. My latest project: quickly rehabbing the giant drum lamp shades I bought a month or so ago until I figure out what I want to do with them after we get into a new space.
I don’t know about you, but I have a habit of letting ugliness abide while I wait to make permanent decor changes down the road. For instance, living with a dated, gross light fixture while I save for a fancy new pendant. Years and years pass and whether out of indecision or sheer laziness I’m still looking at the dated, gross light fixture and there’s still no new fancy pendant. So I’m trying to be better about making less than perfect items and spaces look passable in the present while planning for more permanent changes later. Life is too short to live amid ugliness. Can I get a what-what?
Well, I took reader Jen D’s advice and bleached them (thanks, Jen!). How I did it after the jump…
The process couldn’t have been simpler. I filled the tub with enough hot water to submerge each shade halfway. As the tub filled, I poured in about a half cup of bleach and swished it around a bit. I didn’t want to add too much bleach out of concern it might eat through the fabric. Then I lay both shades on their sides in the tub to give them a good 20 minute soak.
After 20 minutes, I turned the shades to give the second side a soak. But I noticed the first side was still dingy so I added another half cup of bleach, flipped them back over and gave them a second 20 minute soak.
It went on like this for about an hour — me turning and checking, adding more bleach and flipping. The fabric seemed to hold up fine to the bleach so I wasn’t too concerned about adding more.
After an hour or so, I rinsed both shades off in the shower and let them air dry in the mudroom. You can see in the above image the spots on the second shade had been bleached away. I was psyched and mildly surprised this process actually worked. (I’m a DIY pessimist, I guess.) It looks like a brand new shade and the gold trim is still intact. I am touching the delta of contentment.
Kiri of the original and very cool site I Like That Lamp has offered to hook me up with a kit for making my own tall drum shades out of fabric when the time comes. (Check out this fun post she did highlighting the lamps featured in Mad Men season 6. I love it! It depicts a similar aesthetic as what I’ll probably do with my own glam lamps.)