May 17, 2013

DIY Lamp Shade


A month or so ago I purchased this great lamp!  I loved the look of it and I REALLY loved the pull cord dangly thing.  Seriously, I don't think I could express how much I love the pull cord bit without sounding like a complete nut - but it basically sold me on the lamp, even though I HATED the shade!




Yes, hated!

I'm sorry if you own this lamp with it's shade still intact - it really just wasn't for me - I'd love it in your home, promise!


So, I had, HAD to change it.  And for free because well...I'd already paid $30 for this lamp and wasn't about to go and drop anymore money on it.  So I snipped off the existing cover - the ruffled frilly bit - leaving the base of the shade, intact.  It was pretty easy, the ribbons at the top and bottom just peeled off after that and then I was left with a blank canvas.


I had scoured the net for some inspiration and loved all the lampshades that were covered in pages from books.  So hubby and I went to work....but we didn't use just any book, nooo, we used a small Gideon bible for our pages.  ;)   With a concordance by our side and a sharp knife in hand, we took out any pages with reference to "light" to use on our lampshade.







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Next I mixed two parts white school glue and one part water....or something close to that equation.  I'm sure you could use Mod Podge, ....but I don't have that so I used what I had.  Anyways, I just laid the pages on and slopped some of the paste all over them.  But I will say, I did find it easier to put paste on the shade first and then again on the paper.  I wasn't too careful about the whole thing and basically I was going for the layered, collage effect - you know, organized chaos!





When it came to the edges I just cut smaller sheets (because I thought it would be easier to work with - but I see no reason why you'd have to!)  and left them hanging over the edge.  When everything was dry I trimmed them up all neat(ish) with scissors.





I assembled the lamp and let it sit in my living room for a week or so.  But after much deliberation and a few cups of coffee, my BFF and I agreed, it was too 'white' for my semi rustic space.  And so, to create that, aged, antique effect, I got out the tea!


Taking a bag of my favourite tea, Earl Grey...mmmm...., and just a 1/4 cup of hot water or so, I let the tea steep for a while.  I didn't keep track, it doesn't really matter, just make sure it's strong, to get lots of colour.







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And again, I just slapped it all on. Then let it dry - I could have gone a bit darker but I was happy with how it all came out.  I think you could get the same effect with watered down brown acrylic paint - or any colour really - try a purple or red to spice it up.  And if you do - I would LOVE to see that!!!!

But anyways, this is how my shade looked all 'aged' and what not...I will say, it's a bit darker in person...





Once that was all dry, hubby and I took a look at the finished shade and decided it wasn't quite finished.  It needed some sort of trim.  But again, I did not want to spend any money - so we searched around and came up with this perfect piece of satin ribbon.  A dark brown, coordinating nicely with our furniture.  Hubby had the great idea to do this fancy fold with it and voila!



 
 
 
I'm in love with it, with our "reading lamp"!
 
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I think it looks great and I'm very happy with how it turned out, especially for free! (the shade part anyways) It also has a neat effect with the overlapping paper when it is on at night.  Sorta ties in nicely with my wallpaper wall!  Such a simple project and other then the lamp it's self it cost us nothing but the materials we already had on hand.  Though we had a few reservations at first about cutting up a Bible we figured it was for a good purpose - now there is lots of Light in our living room!

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For it is You who light my lamp;    
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28
 


 
 
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9 comments:

  1. Just perfect! I understand your first feelings about cutting into God's Word. But I do think the end result pleases Him more than a closed Book hidden away. You've placed His Word on a lampstand for all to see. Definitely scriptural. :)

    Blessings, Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie - I like the way you put that - I feel even better about it all now! :D

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  2. I LOVE, L*O*V*E, LOVE this...

    I love it!!

    I can't figure out how many more ways to say it .... L O V E !!

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  3. Oh it is so cute! Now it will also be a communication starter when you have visitors. I love the scripture verse! You know it's true, that LIGHT and GOD's WORD really go together.

    ♥Lee Ann

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  4. I love your little lamp and can testify how sweet it is, having beheld it in person. Keep your creative juices flowing. You are blessed with wonderful talent.

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  5. Hey, I missed this post...didn't update on my blog list for some reason. LOVE what you did with this lamp - a very good example of how a little creativity can transform a simple item into one with personality!

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    1. Yeah, I don't think blogger likes me anymore! :P When I'm on other people's sites I see that it hasn't updated - sometimes days later?!?! Glad you like my lamp - and yes, I agree it certainly has personality now! :D

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  6. What an awesome idea!! Love it! Also: I saw your "rainy day... sew what?" post a few pages down.. where did you get that awesome floral fabric? I need placemats and napkins like that, stat!! My sewing machine is about to get very busy.....

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