Dated Beasty Into Contemporary Beauty

May 27, 2017 9 Comments

Take a look at this picture:



Does it look familiar? Of course it does! You can see this type of pendant fixture in almost every older builder-basic house. This is what we had hanging from our cathedral ceiling when we moved in. The lamp was among the first things to be gone, and we replaced it with my Craigslist find (which I found and fell in love with waaay before we found our house). You can see it in this post.

I am usually pretty good at discarding or donating unnecessary things, but somehow this beasty ended up collecting dust in our garage. We completely forgot about it until I was searching for something else and stumbled upon it. My first thought was to put it in the donation box, but then I had one of those “A-HA” moments.
And the idea was born to turn it into a contemporary light fixture. Which I did for less than $4.



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Materials needed:

  1.  ½ yard of felt from Jo-Ann Fabrics store.
  2. Needle
  3. Matching thread
  4. (optional) rust-oleum paint

This project is so easy, it doesn’t really require particular measurements.
I started by wrapping the lamp cast with the fabric and cut off the surplus.



Next, I hand sewed the seam, making invisible stitches. Because felt is a pretty thick material, it is easy to do so.




(optional) If you want to change the color of the lamp’s hardware, do it before the next step. I happened to have a can of dark gray spray paint left over from another project. And it was a perfect match for my gray contemporary lamp fixture. You may want to read this before spray painting the hardware.



Then I grabbed two opposite sides and joined them with the thread to add shape.





Once again before:






It took about 30 minutes for the shade and 5 minutes of spraying the lamp hardware. You should allow a couple hours of drying time, though.


  1. Kate Hollingsworth

    June 5, 2017

    Nadia this looks so good! So contemporary. I especially love the pinched pleat-things at the top. And I loooooove your moody, masculine "after" shot! xx

    • Kate Hollingsworth

      June 6, 2017

      P.S. I’ll be featuring your gorgeous lamp makeover at this week’s link party. xx

      • Nadia Karpov

        June 7, 2017

        Kate! I am excited!!! thank you very much 🙂 thank you for stopping by!

  2. Mary

    June 6, 2017

    Nadia there you go working your magic again. What a brilliant solution to the tired old lamp. It looks super modern and you have bought it to the present and with what? A piece of felt. Unbelievable! Incredible!

    • Nadia Karpov

      June 7, 2017

      Thank you, Mary! You are very kind! Yes, this was such an easy project, it is hard to believe 🙂

      • Mary

        June 9, 2017

        I was going to feature it this week but instead it was chosen as the most popular which is an even bigger honor. Congats!!

        • Nadia Karpov

          June 9, 2017

          What?!!! Mary, you just made my day!!! :))))))

  3. Christina Makri

    June 8, 2017

    Brilliant idea!!! I love industrial look lights and this looks so good!!!

    • Nadia Karpov

      June 9, 2017

      Thank you, Christina! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

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