Monday, July 12, 2010

Kitchen Island Pendant Project - How To Cover Pendant Shades With Fabric

Are you ready for a tutorial on this Monday morning? I'll try to keep it simple!


The project began by hanging two pendant hardware kits, from Shades of Light, above the kitchen island. Any lampshade with a washer ring can be hung on these fixtures. (fyi: shades do not come with the kit.)


The above picture shows how a shade is held into place...very clever!


Okay, here we go. In this project a drum shade is being used, as opposed to the tapered shade used in the Lamp Makeover project. Begin by measuring the diameter and height of the shade.


Taking these measurements, add two inches to the diameter and subtract 1/4 inch from the height. The shades I'm using measure 35 x 7 1/4 inches. After adding to the length and subtracting from the height, I will cut two pieces of fabric 37 inches long by 7 inches high.


If a print is being used, determine the desired placement of the pattern on the shade before cutting. Then trace a line 37 inches long with a temporary fabric pen.


Cut along the line.


Measure up from this cut seven inches and trace a second line 37 inches long. Cut along this line.


If using multiple shades, repeat the above steps for each additional shade.


Attach one end of the fabric to the shade by applying fabric glue to the wrong side of the fabric.


Press fabric firmly onto the shade and temporarily tape into place with tape.


To secure the fabric around the diameter of the shade, brush fabric glue along the top and bottom edges of the shade and press the fabric firmly into place.


To create a finished seam the fabric needs to overlap at the seam approximately one inch. Trim off any excess fabric from the unattached edge. Apply fabric glue to the wrong side of the fabric along the cut edge.


Turn under 1/4 inch.


With a brush, apply fabric glue to the underside of the seam and press down firmly.


The last step is to attach trim, covering the unfinished fabric along the edges of the shade.


Brush glue evenly along the outer edges and wrap the trim around the shade.


All done! Next they will be hung on the fixtures, look for those final photos tomorrow!

42 comments :

  1. I love the fabric! I can't wait to see them hung.

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  2. I keep seeing you do these and they look so easy- I must give mine a try soon.

    PS- I've been meaning to ask you where you get all these pretty drum shades? I need a large one for a floor lamp I have and the store near me is charging close to $100 for the shade. I know shades are expsensive but I was hoping to get one for less than that. Any suggestions?

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  3. That is a really interesting pattern on the drum shades. I am anxious to see how they capture the light. You have made this sound very do-able, thanks for putting this together.

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  4. I love that fabric on the shades! Every time I see it, I love it more! You are truly incredible the way you tackle all these projects...definitely an inspiration for me!

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  5. Wow, you make all of this look so easy, but I know there is a large possibility of me messing it all up! They look perfect! Excited to see the final pics...

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  6. Okay, bookmarking this tutorial for sure! So ready to see what they look like in your kitchen.

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  7. simple enough for a Monday morning! thank you Janell

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  8. Your tutorials are always easy to follow. I am definitely going to do this one of these days. Looking forward to seeing them in action.

    -Rene

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  9. Turned out great! Looks so neat and crisp.

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  10. beautifully done! you make it look so easy.

    also, mentioned you in this post today... http://simplifiedbee.blogspot.com/2010/07/simplified-bee-houzz-idea-book-kitchen.html

    xo,
    cristin

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  11. YOur fabric is just gorgeous and the shades look wonderful. Love them. Your kitchen is beautiful. Love the island. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Looks great and I am bookmarking this for future reference!

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  13. Thank you for both this and the lamp makeover tutorials! This is going to be one of our next projects, and having your wonderful directions will make it so much easier! k

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  14. I was trying to follow your tutorial but that unbelieveable Robert Allen fabric kept distracting me . . .I had to go back and focus ! I was just fingering the green version at Joanns the other day, thinking where oh where in my house can this go ? So glad to see it in your kitchen - those pendants are now focal points. LOVE!

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  15. I really like the fabric you chose. Great tutorial!

    Kelly

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  16. I really like the fabric you chose. Great tutorial!

    Kelly

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  17. I really like the fabric you chose. Great tutorial!

    Kelly

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  18. the fabric looks so pretty, I love the look of taking a plain shade and adding fabric for a custom look

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  19. They turned out beautifully. I've only tried covering a shade once, but had difficulty getting the fabric smooth. Maybe a drum shade would be easier.

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  20. Beautiful job!! I've done this a few times and find that spray glue (out of a spray paint can) works wonderfully for applying the fabric to the shade (no messy glue fingers or brushes necessary). Can't wait to see them hung up!

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  21. Love the shades. The fabric is beautiful. I can't wait to see the end result. :)

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  22. Can't wait for the final pics!

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  23. lovely, as are all of your diy projects! i really love how the cat's cradle fabric looks with your roman shades.
    i love the idea of using a brush to apply the glue to the shade--such a simple tip, but one that i would not have thought of!

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  24. This looks like a great pattern for this application, Janell! I can't wait to see the finished look!

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  25. I've heard of many people having success with spray adhesive, but I have yet to try that approach. I got the tip to use a brush while reading the fabric glue directions and it really does help apply a lighter application of glue more evenly, and keeps your fingers free of sticky glue so that you can handle the fabric!

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  26. awesome tips. the ones I made months ago would have looked much better with your tips! can't wait for the pics...

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  27. OMG I LOVE THEM!!! Can't wait to see them hung!

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  28. It looks great! I love how you used the ribbon to really just finish it off and give the shade a clean look.

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  29. Awesome!!! Thanks for taking all those pics of the in progress steps for us, Janell!

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  30. This turned out great! I love the fabric you chose : )

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  31. great tutorial, Janelle. What's your best source for shades? I really want a shade to cover the chandelier in my dining room, but I haven't found one big enough (that wasn't attached to a lamp, that is). You always do such a good job explaining. Can't wait to see these in place...love the print!

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  32. I find a lot of the shades I use for projects at Lamps Plus, also a local store, Naomi's Lampshades and Lamps, as well as an online resource for custom sizes (used for this project), Fenchel Shades at: www.fenchelshades.com

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  33. You're such a pro...! Great stuff. Just curious, would you happen to knwo where i can get some bright white drum shades?? They seem hard to come by and I always see off white.

    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  34. great idea, and your blog is just full of great spaces
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  35. Another I&M DIY project for me to bookmark!

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  36. I love it. Another great project for me to find a place for in my own home. :) One quick question though- do you mind sharing your source for your bar stools? I have browsed your other kitchen posts and haven't found that you have provided that info before. Thanks!

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  37. Do you remember what the dimensions of the shades were that you bought from www.fenchelshades.com? Thanks!

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  38. Yes, they measure 7" tall by 11" wide. I was really happy with their quality.
    Thanks for asking! Janell

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  39. Janell, I love your projects! I just did our dining room drum pendant shade and what a huge difference. Your instructions are so easy to follow and the results are definitely professional looking. Thank you!!

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  40. Yeah, so glad this worked for you!! Thanks for letting me know how your project went...:)
    Janell

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  41. Janell, I know this is an old thread, but what is the wattage on the kit from Shades of Light? I want to order the one with the space for two bulbs, but it doesn't say what the wattage is. I want to put it over my kitchen table with a drum shade covered in fabric. However, I want to make sure that it is bright enough. The shade that I want to order from them says 100W. Does that mean it is the maxium wattage the shade can handle? I have seen some comparable shades on amazon and other places, but they don't list a wattage. I am a newbie with all of this, so thanks for any help! I don't want to oder $200+ and find that they don't work for my space. Love your blog!

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  42. The pendant kit from Shades of light holds two 40 watt bulbs, for a total of 80 watts. With two above my island and other light, it is more than adequate for our use, but may not provide the desired light in some instances. Good luck with your project! JanelL

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