Our Home Reno Update & a DIY Project – Cover a Lampshade With Wallpaper

The main area of our home has been under renovations for a little while now, we managed through 2 weeks without a functioning sink and if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you may remember my joy when we had running water in the kitchen again! Today I’m going to update you on our home renos and share a DIY project, who knew you could cover a lampshade with wallpaper?

Our kitchen cabinets are simply gorgeous, we hired a contractor who was recommended by friends and he exceeded our expectations. I’ll be blogging all about the process, we still have the backsplash, some pot lights and finishing moulding to get installed.

The dining room is complete, we are truly in LOVE with it. The look of the cabinets with the antique buffet and this gorgeous wallpaper is stunning!


We splurged and purchased new furniture, for some folks this isn’t a big deal but we’ve NEVER had new furniture. 11 years married and this is our first BIG furniture purchase. We are able to see the room coming together, we’re holding off on getting a new coffee table, draperies and painting until we’ve lived in the space for a bit.

Lighting in the room has been a challenge, we’ve looked at many options but the only ones I seem to like are far too much money at this stage of the budget. I decided to try and update our old lamp using the wallpaper we had used in the dining room and it’s been a major success!

How To Cover a Lampshade With Wallpaper

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Cover a lampshade with wallpaper

For this project you’ll need:

  • Lampshade
  • Wrapping paper – or if you’re fancy some tracing paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Pen/pencil or marker


Begin by laying out your tools, roll your lampshade over the wrapping and wall papers to make sure they’re large enough.

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Next trace your lampshade shape onto the wrapping paper by laying it on it’s side and rolling it while running your pen onto the wrapping paper. Cut out the shape but allow for 1/2 an inch extra beyond your line in order to fold the edges over the shade.

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Now you lay out the wrapping paper template onto the wrapping paper and draw it onto the wrapping paper.cover lampshade with wallpaper 4

Cut out your wallpaper shape.
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Cover your workspace with newspaper, put on some gloves and spray the lampshade and the back of the wallpaper with spray adhesive.cover lampshade with wallpaper 6 Apply the wallpaper to the shade by rolling it on a flat surface.

cover lampshade with wallpaper 7Now fold over the edges and work out any wrinkles….voila you have a beautiful new shade!


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  1. Oh wow! I am VERY impressed! It’s gorgeous :) This looks like an easy enough project to do as well – which suits me just FINE :) hah Thanks for sharing!

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