Sometimes a piece of fabric or a lick of paint can give a new lease of life to old items in the home. We've already written some detailed instructions on how to use fabrics for thrifty upholstery, but if you need a bit more inspiration, why not check out this great video tutorial for upholstering old lampshades.
Obviously you're not limited to a plain fabric like the one used in this video - bold and colourful patterns would make a tatty old lampshade into a real talking point. I'm thinking a print by Cath Kidston would look amazing... but what do you think? Leave a comment and let us know!