I love Vintage Screen Window Mesh. It has slightly larger square openings when compared to new screen window mesh. It has a fun and timeless look that makes a great vintage lampshade or country lampshade.
This simple Vintage Screen Window Mesh lampshade craft project is a great way to remake any old Country lampshade into a new lampshade perfect for a vintage or retro kitchen, family room, or crafting studio. You can use any old or damage fabric lampshade as the base for this Vintage Screen Window Mesh craft project to save money.
To make a Vintage Screen Window Mesh lampshade you will need:
Vintage Screen Window Mesh
Fabric Lamp Shade
I find great vintage Screen Window Mesh all the time at flea markets, antique stores, and even on ebay. I love it, but had to finally come up with something to turn them into!
Tip: Try to match your vintage Screen Window Mesh size to your lampshade.
The first step is to completely remove all of the fabric from your damaged or existing Country lampshade. Start by poking some scissors through the fabric, then cut away. Once you have the body of the fabric removed then start working on the material wrapped onto the wires. This will take some time, but is a great way to save a little money and salvage and exiting lampshade.
Tip: If you don’t have a damaged or existing Country lampshade you want to get rid of you can buy these wire frames of a lampshade at any arts and craft store.
Now, go ahead and wash your vintage Screen Window Mesh. It is always best to start with a clean product. You can also paint your screen mesh to get some color.
Now, gently wrap the Vintage Screen Window Mesh around the lampshade. See how well the apron will fit on the lampshade. You only want it to overlap about an inch on the sides.
Now, run a bead of hot glue around the top border of the wire lampshade.
Gently press the top edge of the vintage Screen Window Mesh around it in place. You want the edge in the back of the Screen Window Mesh to meet in the back, but they can overlap a little if needed.
If your Screen Window Mesh is a little to larger, you can bunch it as you go, sort of like curtains bunch on a rod.
Now, if your vintage Screen Window Mesh is the right length you can let it simply hang straight down over the lampshade.
If it is a little too long, then you can repeat the first step, but on the bottom ring of the Country lampshade.
Run the bead of glue and press the bottom of the retro Screen Window Mesh lampshade into place.
Be sure to add some hand made paper inside using the same method so you will not be looking directly at the bulb through your country lampshade.
NEVER use a bulb that has a higher watt than recommended in a lamp. For all of these decorative Vintage or Retro Apron lampshades I recommend using a low watt bulb. 25 to 40 watts at most. These are meant to be decorative lights. You can rely on other lamps and light sources to illuminate your home.
Never leave these lamps burning unattended. This is a good rule in general. .
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