Yeah, they weren't that cute to begin with either. My friend likes bright colors, and her living room is yellow, so I chose a bright red fabric for the lampshades. I started by making a template of the shades.
I traced the edges of the lampshade by rolling it on the paper while holding my pencil against the edge. Because of the shape of the lamp, I had to trace two different sections and tape them together. (A drum shade would be much easier to to trace because it would roll straight instead of in a semicircle.)
I used the paper template to cut out my fabric, cutting out extra all around just to make sure the fabric fit the shade properly. I used spray glue to carefully adhere the fabric to the shade. Then I trimmed some of the extra fabric at the top and bottom of the shade and used my glue gun to glue the fabric that was left over the bottom and top edges of the shade. Then the makeover was complete.
My friend loves her new lamps!
I love how the white paint immediately updated these outdated lamps.
And I think the bright patterned fabric modernized the lamps even more. So if you find some not-so-cute lamps at a thrift store or a yard sale, buy them and just paint them white! :)