How to make a stylish floor lamp for less


Having coveted hugely expensive Scandi-chic lamps and shades, I decided to have a go at getting the look for myself for a lot less. It all started when I spotted a tired looking old pine wooden standard lamp base at my local recycling facility. It had a tatty old ugly shade, which I took off and left behind (I know some people do clever and creative things with the wire frames from these…) and bought the base for just £5.

That got me thinking, and I bought a drum lampshade kit from our Bookshop for £17.99 and one metre of Lotta Jansdotter fabric called Echo in a lovely warm grey bought online for less than £10.

Next I spray painted the lamp base with glossy black – which transformed it instantly into something rather chic and edgy. Then I decided to read up about the Lolly & Boo lampshade making workshop we featured in the magazine last year before tackling the shade.

Armed with sharp scissors, a large, clean table top and successive mugs of tea, I spent a happy hour or so creating the shade. The kit was actually very clear and easy to follow, but the large size I’d gone for presented a slight challenge… and I did end up straddling the thing on the table to ensure it wound up evenly!

But it worked, and I am now totally delighted with my new Scandi-chic lamp and shade which cost me less than £35 all in – and I even have enough fabric left to make a cushion front.

What do you think?

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