Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Industrial Lamp Shade from Sieve

 My husband went to his first ever estate sale a couple of year ago and purchased several small items. Among them was a metal sieve. The estate sale was at the home of renowned historian and the last  southern gentleman, Shelby Foote.

I wasn't quite sure what to do with this strainer but sometimes eventually something will tell you what it wants to be. Yesterday after hanging around all this time, the sieve revealed that it wanted to be a lampshade.

I turned it over.

Brilliant. There it was. Clear as day.

I had a tall skinny lamp base in a nickel finish which I had covered with a 99 cent thrift store lamp shade. My plan was to cover it with maps. But I decided to sacrifice that idea and use the wire frame to transform the sieve instead. 

Now, if you are looking for a "how to" here with hard and fast rules you must know that this project took about an hour of trial and error. After trying several different configurations...

 I ended up with something that looks like this. I gingerly set the lampshade on top.

 Success! I love the way it looks and it's perfect for the French Industrial look I'm going for in my new studio.