Here's a lovely little Cinderella story about a pair of lamps - spoiler alert - here's the before and after:
One snowy afternoon, last month, I finally got to work. The first thing I did was to clean both of the lamps by scrubbing them with soapy water and a coarse kitchen sponge (you know the kind that doesn't have a spongy side and is really only used for scrubbing pots and pans, or, in my case, my white porcelain sink?). You can see it in the lower left corner below.
Here's a side by side comparison after I had finished scrubbing down one of the lamps (the one on the right):
I learned my lesson with the second lamp, and kept it all in one piece to paint it. The result was exactly the same.
Since these lamps looked really old, and I didn't trust the integrity of the sockets or cords, I replaced them. You can pick up lamp cords and sockets in the lighting section of any home improvement store - they'll run you about $10 and $7, respectively, so not necessarily cheap, but worth it for safety's sake.
Once I corrected my mistake, we were in business! I covered the lampshades with some leftover fabric I had, and trimmed the top and bottom edges with double-fold bias tape from Joann Fabrics (at $1.99 per package - I needed 2 packages). I used this glue for attaching everything to the lampshade - my go-to craft glue ever since I used it for one of my no-sew roman shades projects:
Here's the finished product in place in Charlotte's bedroom. Total cost for both lamps was around $50 after materials (the majority of the cost coming from the rewiring supplies), but $25 per lamp is still a steal in my opinion!