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Are you a Mid Century Lamp Lover?

How about those beloved fiberglass shades? To Die For.

But what about the broken damaged fit for the dump ones?

We must save them.

I’m not a professional lamp shade maker or refinisher or whatever you call people who fix lamp shades.

So those of you who are…move on.

This is Mid Century Fiberglass Lamp Shape Fixing 101.

Also there are different reasons to need to fix. The wire is broken, the strings are broken or the shade is broken. In all of these situations you need Step 1.

Step 1:

Get Gloves and Put Them On. Fiberglass is not a friend to your skin.

Step:

Take Shade Apart. Which is easy. This situation is a broken shade..mostly around string/wire/hole area so I just took shade apart. If not untie knots and unlace.

*Use gloves…seriously.

Step 3:

Broken Shade: I cut my shade at the top and bottom where it was damaged.

*If the the wire is broken fix with wire or soldering iron. If shade is completely broken use different material…mostly likely a light plastic for stiffness. If the string is damaged get new string. Mine was and decided to use what I had.

Step 4:

Punch Holes in Shade for Re-Lacing. Since this was a spur of the moment fix, again I went with what I had, a regular hole punch. I would go with a smaller hole option if i wasn’t impatient.

Step 5: Picking String.

I’m a string/twine addict so I had some to choose from. Twine was eliminated first. So I tried these two below. Again I went with what I had because of my excitement of fixing the shade! I probably would have went with a dark leather or synthetic leather if I wasn’t a “get it done now” freak. The dark string in back is the original.

* I like color of the waxed string but felt like it could cut the fiberglass too easy. So I went with the soft, so wrong color, cotton thicker string.

Step 6:

Lace back Up. Slow and steady to make sure “lace’ lays evenly.

*Since I cut my shade from top and bottom, the wire rings did not fit perfectly anymore, but I still pushed forward.

Finished the top and stopped to check my handiwork.

Not bad, eh?

Then I finished with the bottom.

Viola! Saved from the Fiberglass Lamp Shade Graveyard! Not perfect, but still looking pretty!

*If you noticed that my laces are going in two different ways…Damn you and your eye for detail!

No, I noticed I was doing that right away and checked my other lamps. The lacing goes in the same direction on them. But I decided to see what the opposite direction would look like.

**There you have it. In the photo my shade looks a bit crumpled. It is not.

I may go back with different string…but for now there she stays in my foyer.

*And yes, if looks uneven. It may be the way I cut it, or how it’s sitting on the lamp because we all know those shades never sit straight.

Thanks for visiting.

Feel free to ask questions!

Our Sunshiny Mid-Century Modern House!

There will be some before and after photos, but to get the full view of the before house please go to:  HenderBalz Blog: Adventures at Home !

As always if you want to see the full photo album, click on any of the photos!

Welcome to the Living Room!

From House House Lovely House!

We may just leave this oh-so-not mid-century couch in this room as both the room and the couch are big and they fit each other!

94% of everything else in the living and dining rooms is from the Mid-Century!

Matter of fact, most of the house is furnished with mid-century items…down to the set of Sears flatware my Mom gave me as a teen probably for my hope chest!

New Living & Dining Above…
Old Below!

From Melbourne House

You get the point…new paint, furniture and personal touches!

The Foyer…

Could not pass up the light fixture that Jim rebuilt and the Sears star burst clock that my Step Father fixed!

From House House Lovely House!
From House House Lovely House!

A corner here…

The Above Corner has my Mid-Century Belt Chair and a bunch of drift wood in the corner!

From House House Lovely House!
From House House Lovely House!

And a corner there!

The above Corner has our somewhat collection of international stools…two are old, one is from Honduras!

From House House Lovely House!

The Dining Room!

From House House Lovely House!

We love our new OLD dining room lamp that Jim rebuilt!

And now our bedroom!

From House House Lovely House!

Oh so cool, airy and grey with a splash of color!

New Above….
Before Below:

From Melbourne House

The other side (plus a tri-pod, an air filter and Chloe):

From House House Lovely House!

The Master Bath!

From House House Lovely House!

And Before!

No more carpet, stripped wall paper or dressing room lights!

From Melbourne House

Now…

THE FAMILY ROOM!

From House House Lovely House!

And what it used to look like!

From Melbourne House

The Whole Picture!

From House House Lovely House!

We want a cool low profile mid-century couch in this room, probably where the table and chairs are…but have not found one we like enough yet!

And Introducing…

THE KITCHEN!

From House House Lovely House!

And a similar view from before!

From Melbourne House

Bright and Happy!

From House House Lovely House!

Similar shot from before:

From Melbourne House

Personal Touches!

In the Kitchen:

From House House Lovely House!

And in a Hall!

From House House Lovely House!

TaaDaaa…

Jim’s new Office/Den/Man Cave!

From House House Lovely House!

And the old Dark Den!

From Melbourne House

Personal Touches in the Den!

From House House Lovely House!

And…

From House House Lovely House!

The guest room / Dawn’s Making Things Room!

Cozy Area!

From House House Lovely House!

And Work Area! (The table enlarges!)

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The Pink Jack & Jill Bath just needed some love and a spit shine!

From House House Lovely House!

Half Bath is just a “happy” as before…

From House House Lovely House!

But updated!

From Melbourne House

And with personal touches!

From House House Lovely House!

The new front!

From House House Lovely House!

The old front!

From Melbourne House

Not sure you can tell the changes…

All the cranky 50-year-old bushes were removed and more tropical plants were put in AND the entire outside was painted!

From House House Lovely House!

Love our new mid-century style shutters and the pop of flower in front!

The new Landscaped Corner Island!

From House House Lovely House!

The old corner:

From Melbourne House

New side yard “Island” landscaping!

From House House Lovely House!

And if you ever visit (And you know YOU ALL are invited) the Garage Door Entrance Welcome Area!

From House House Lovely House!

WE Love our new place and had fun and some fights getting it to this point, but it is not still 100% done!

And 10 pieces in these photos, I created!  Can you guess which 10?

Look forward to finishing it completely!

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