Dressing up cheap lamps

A while back, I doctored some jankety Target shades to work with a pair of pineapple lamps I found on Craigslist for $15. The result was fine, but the shades weren't a secure as you'd want.

With a local home magazine on the way to my place today, I decided it was time to get proper shades on those lamps. I already had a pair of black, oval shades on the lamps across the room and I thought I'd see if I could get another set of them from The Shade Shop here in Charlottesville (see them on either side of the bed here).

I knew I wanted the shades to come down quite low so the scale of the lamps would look right on the dresser. Having once seen a wall of lamp harps in all sizes at The Shade Shop, I was pretty sure I could accomplish the look without clamping a shade to the neck of the lamp, which I did with the Target shades.

Wouldn't you know it, I was able to get this tiny harp for my lamp.

They also had equally tiny bulbs that would fit under that harp.

My design intern was especially helpful during this project.

Oh hai.

Looking into the lamp, everything looked great. No jankety stuff here! I also found a pretty finial for the top of the lamps...snazzy, huh?

Now, the final product...better, right?

I'll post a few iPhone pictures from inside The Shade Shop in a little while. You all know how much of a lighting nerd I am...I had to snap pictures!


  1. Sweet! Love that tiny harp!
    The lamps are perfect!
    xo xo

  2. That is the most adorable light bulb ever. Very nice!

  3. Love it! I'm so envious of those lamps! Is Abode shooting your place? How cool!

  4. I am in love with those pineapple lamps.... also, I didn't know they made light bulbs that small!

  5. Oooh those are some nice pineapple lamps, vintage I assume. Those finial really finished it off well!

  6. So glad the harps and bulbs worked. The lamps look FANTASTIC! Hope the photo session goes well for you!


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