Friday, March 5, 2010

Lamps, redone

TGIF! Hi there! Any big weekend plans for y'all? We're going to one of our favorite festivals/shows, The CNY Flower show. It's at the NYS fairgrounds, and there are lots of exhibitors, garden displays, lectures, kids' stuff, etc. This year it's especially relevant because we're planning to get our front walkway and porch redone, so we need to talk to some contractors. Nice of them to gather all together for us, don't you think?
This week I did a little DIY lamp refurbishing. Like I mentioned last time, we had two sage green lamps with blah shades in our bedroom.

Since painting the walls green they really didn't go. I did a search for lampshade-covering tutorials and came up with this one. I liked Jen's idea of using the Moda Bakeshop honey bun tute, but I had some fabric that I really wanted to use.
Anyway, I spray-painted the lamps black (stinky!), which was the easy part. Then I made a pattern for the shade and cut two out of my fabric. Sprayed those on with spray adhesive and then tried to attach ribbon to the top and  bottoms of the shade. Holy Guacamole, that was a pain! My ribbon would NOT stick, not with spray, mod podge, not even hot glue. I think (a) my shades are a weird shape so it's hard to go around the corners; (b) I picked ribbon that was too wide; and (c) I'm a total spaz. So I tried red jumbo rick-rack...meh. Looked a bit too cutesy, which is strange because I usually like rick rack on anything. But the trim that I used for my February coffee cup handles looked great! Easy to turn around corners too. I had to get more but I did that this morning and quickly hot-glued them on. Ta-da!

The colorway for the shades is the reverse of my curtains.

Phew! Glad those are done. I have this talent for making easy things harder than they should be.
Anyway, I'm almost finished making a new apron, I should be able to show that next time. In the meantime, have a great weekend friends!

♥ Jen


  1. I love your "new" lamp ... it is gorgeous! I had the same lamp and recovered it for my sewing room :)

  2. WOW! I like these better than the honeybun strips!

  3. You did a great job---those are soo pretty--I just love them!!! I have a lamp that needs to be decorated too--seeing as you are soooo good at it I will send it to you to do--ok????
    have fun at the show!!!
    Hugs, Di

  4. Great job on those lamps. WOW what a difference. Your hard work paid off. Beee u teeee ful.


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