Today I decided to give this lampshade a makeover that is budget friendly and easy to do. The lamp has been serving temporary duty on the Welsh dresser in the foyer where it lights the way each night for my little sleep walker to wander safely around the house. It’s pretty but also pretty boring if you know what I mean. I wanted to add a natural element to give it a little warmth so I chose jute twine for the lampshade makeover.
Since I haven’t found a lamp that I want to go on the dresser, I’ve decided to update this one for now.
The shade is a little damaged and the base is the typical dark bronze. I painted the base Linen from General Finishes to lighten it up.
I picked up some jute while I was grocery shopping today and I used spray adhesive on the lamp shade to hold the jute in place.
It was easy, but felt like I would never get done!
The lamp no longer blends in with the dark wood thankfully, but I still think it will only be residing here until I find something I like better.
Did you know the Welsh dresser evolved from the medieval cupboard and was used to “dress” or prepare food, display dishes, and store non-perishable food?
Our Welsh dresser is late 18th century and yes, I realize it’s very dark, but that’s from centuries of being close to a smokey fire place.
It was a workhorse at one point in time, but it’s now the focal point of our foyer.
It has retired in style.
I put out vintage, shabby rose patterned china for Easter. I’m surrounded by too much testosterone in this house so having some pink, girly things displayed helps balance it out.
And here’s one more look at the jute lampshade: