I made several New Year's resolutions. One of them is to FINISH several unfinished projects around our home. Some are big, and will require the help of my husband and his power tools . . . and then there are a few simple ones, like the one that I'm sharing with you today.
I bought this beautiful hand-carved Pottery Barn lamp (above) just before my husband and I got married. I loved its black finish, shape, and the linen shade. Although I spent a mini fortune on it, I knew that it would be a piece that I would hold on to for decades.
A few years later, I decided that I wanted another one for the living room . . . but could no longer find them at Pottery Barn . . . sigh, and so began my hunt.
Luckily, I found a similar one at Restoration Hardware, so I bought it. You can see it in the collage of photos below.
What I loved about the new lamp was its classic black trim on the top and bottom of the shade. My Pottery Barn lamp didn't have a trim. It didn't look hard to put one on, so I had every intention of dressing up the PB shade with trim, but years went by . . . 3 years, I think . . . and I never put one on.
And then I took the photo below a few days ago, and shared it with you in this post . . . I thought about how much prettier the shade would be with trim. So, I FINALLY put one on today. The project took me less than 15 minutes, and I love how it looks. I'm kicking myself for waiting so long.
I'm sure that there's a "professional" technique to trimming/embellishing lampshades, but I kept it simple and used BIAS TAPE single-fold (so that it would match my other shade) and Aleene's Original TACKY glue to adhere the trim.
Using a small paint brush, I brushed glue on the back side of the trim, and then gently pressed the single-fold ribbon along the rim of the lamp until it completely circled the shade. It was so fast and easy! It's sure motivating to tackle the other small unfinished projects now.
*If you don't find success with glue, then using a spray adhesive will work too!
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