Garden Fence Lamp Shade

There’s a really great store in Pittsburgh’s warehouse district called Roxanne’s Dried Flowers.  She has beautiful home and garden accessories, and of course amazing dried flower wreaths and arrangements.  A year or so ago, I saw a light fixture in her store that I fell in love with.  (I wish there was one featured on her website so that I could show you!)  The light fixture was made from a circle of vintage double-loop ornamental fence which was lined with grain sack.  Rusty fence + vintage fabric = LOVE.

I made it a mission to find a section of this fence (I wrote about the fence here) so that I could totally copy the light fixture for my dining room.  I did get the fence – but it’s part of the coolest garden-gate-fireplace-screen ever, so there is no way I would dismantle it.

Fireplace Gate


I seriously need to find some more of this fence.  Anyone know of some they’d be willing to pass my way??  :)

Since I got impatient, (of course I wanted to try to make it before the house tour) I settled for garden fence from Home Depot.

Garden Fence Shade - Fence

I found the grain sack fabric online from Calico Corners.  I really debated the fabric at first – I thought maybe since the fence is white I should have used a lighter-colored fabric.  But the look has grown on me.

Garden Fence Shade - closeup

I also worried that it was too big, but I spent lots of time on Pinterest looking at dining room light fixtures and was encouraged by gigantic light fixtures that looked awesome.

Garden Fence Shade - from kitchen

I love how it greets me when I walk through the door – charmer!

Garden Fence Shade - From Entry (700x512)

I’ll share all of the details in my next post.  It was super easy and inexpensive.

Thanks for reading!  Much love…


Linking here…

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  1. Debbie Pingitore says:

    Love all of your decorating ideas. Rustic with a touch of classic.

    Thanks for sharing

  2. This looks fantastic! Great idea!


  3. I thought there had to be a typo in the post title cause I just couldn’t image what you were describing …. how wonderfully creative and perfect for your cottage dining room. Love the super large scale of the fixture too.

  4. OMG! I love this, now I want to make one! I’ve had some old fencing like that from my grandma that I’ve been saving for something special and I think this might just be the perfect project for it!


  5. Love this! ANd your garden is beautiful!! So glad to see you back and blogging!!

  6. Hi Brenda,
    LOVE your shade! A few weeks ago I made a similar one to cover a light fixture in my dining room that I wasn’t crazy about. I only had some fabric strips for the inside, but I’m crazy about the fabric you used here. Now I’m thinking I might try something like this for a table lamp I have that needs a shade….
    Pop over if you’d like to see the one I put together! I’m visiting from French Country Cottage today : )

  7. Hi Brenda, your chandelier is fabulous, a truly original idea and an impressive result! A hug from Italy! Paola from

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    • Nice! I remember having dinners in that very same room when I was younger. Of course, back then I just wanted to get dinner over and done with so I can already head to Euphoria. Silly girl. Will surely think of a good excuse to go there with my "bitter" half soon.:-)

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  8. Hi Brenda, your chandelier is fabulous, a truly original idea well inserted in your home! A hug from Italy! Paola from

  9. Hi Brenda, I love your chandelier, a truly original idea well inserted in your home! A hug from Italy! Paola from

  10. Hi Brenda, I really had never seen a chandelier so original! Is fine in your home! A hug from Italy. Paola from

  11. Love it…will have to visit her website, I’m sure everything of hers is beautiful.

  12. I love your decor style, so cute! And this chandelier is great. Thanks for sharing!

  13. That light fixture is so cute!

  14. How did you attach the fabric to the wire and the lamp on to the fixture. I started making this for my daughter and just happen to have the same fabric that I made her kitchen curtains out of. Love your decorating tastes.

  15. How did you attach the fabric to the wire and the lamp on to the fixture. I started making this for my daughter and just happen to have the same fabric that I made her kitchen curtains out of.

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