So yesterday I start making-over a thrifted lamp, right, with the cleaning and the painting and the sanding and all that? Ya. So I figure that while the paint is drying, it might be a good idea to skoot over to Canadian Tire to grab a new shade for the lamp ’cause the old one I have is kinda gross and grubby, right? But then, I have this idea, right?… Why not try cleaning the shade I do have before going out and dropping money I don’t have on a new one. I figure it’s worth a try, right?
And then I think to myself: “Someone out there has done this before.” Gotta be, right? So I google it. And lo and behold, HERE is a tutorial at TLC Home. You can wash these things? Once again, I was clueless. I’ve never washed a lamp shade in my life. But the best part, it came out like brand-spanking new. I just followed the instructions with the warm water and the dish soap and stuff. And boom. Beautiful and clean again.
Who knew? Someone, apparently, but not me! Thanks!
Amy Friend says
Huh, I will pass this info on to my mom because I just gave her an old lamp of ours with a filthy lamp shade!
wow. i always just vacuum them.
this is better, and i bet they will even smell clean.
Whoda thunk it? Thanks!!!
nicolette at dutchcomfort says
I had no idea you could wash lamp shades!
Very Amish of you – something we should all do – make it last and last!!
Good to know!!! Thank you Michele!!!
Deb from WhatsInMyAttic says
I wonder if the cleaning lady knows this…..hmmmmmmmm
This charming and beautiful! The result justifies the effort.
I never even thought about washing a lamp shade! Love the results!
Little Treasures says
Love the lamp stands! Vibrant 🙂
Thank you for the tip. We're in renovations and this will com ein handy!
melissa q. at a happy stitch says
Beautiful! I love the new awesome red lamp. And, thanks for the lampshade cleaning tip. I think I'd still be nervous, though!!
You crack me up
Michelle L. says
I need this tip! You are awesome and the lamp redo is gorgeous!
Melissa Kojima says
Hahahaa. Glad to hear you can wash the lamp shade. I didn't know that either. Love finding DIY's on the internet. Love the makeover too. Great job as always, Michele!
Clever girl. I think the new look for your lamp is so happy.
I had NO idea but this is great. Adding "Wash lampshades" to my fall chore list!
Debra Kapellakis says