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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Shade Brigade

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 9, 2013 10:46:00 AM

shade 033It’s that time of year, kids going back to school and college students moving into the dorm. Goodwill is a great place to shop for items to furnish a dorm room. Most rooms are rather small, but that’s no reason they can’t represent the person who lives there. You just have to be creative and think outside the proverbial box!

shade 11 14.fwWho would guess this table is made from two lamp shades and five shirts!

I bought two bell shaped shades. One is a little taller than the other and one is wider at the top so they fit together. The overall height, when stacked is 25” by 18” diameter. The perfect size next to a bed or chair.

Remove all the fabric. Then cut off the fitter from the bottom shade (that’s the 3-section wire frame piece that allows you to attach the shade to the lamp and finial).

shade 023I purchased 5 or 6 shirts in coordinating colors. Choose cotton or cotton-blend shirts. Heavy knit t-shirts work, too. Tear the shirt into strips 3”-4” wide (cotton rips easier than polyester or silk). You might have to use a scissors to cut the knit fabric, but don’t be too fussy or neat. I like the raw edges you get from ripping fabric.

shadesHold the two frames together by tying the strips of fabric at the middle. At the top and bottom, fold the strips to the inside and pin. Repeat until both frames are covered.

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Sew the strips in place with a “running” stitch. Cut off the excess fabric, so the hem is even and neat.



shade 028Top it off with a round glass top, available for a couple of dollars at a home improvement store. Or make your own top using a round tray.

Not only do you have an original piece of furniture, but you can brag that you did it yourself!

Topics: Home Exterior Expert, Home interior, home interior expert, Merri Cvetan