Shine a light on your creativity! Design your own lamp shade

Shine a light on your creativity!

With my daughter’s recent transition from all things pink to all things black and purple, I just couldn’t find the right one and at reasonable price.   Her old lamp was pink on pink with a simple feather trim:

Here’s what I did to transform the lamp for less than $10 and in under 30 minutes:

1)    I spray painted the base but knew I couldn’t save the former pink shade.  I found these really nifty plain adhesive shades at Hobby Lobby for around $7.

2)  The lamp comes with a template to cut a pattern from your choice of fabric

3)  Once the fabric is cut, you simply attach it to the sticky lamp shade, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles as you work your way around.  At the edges, you fold the fabric over and use a hot glue gun to secure it to the inside of the lamp.  Create a seam by tucking the fabric under itself on the backside of the shade and secure with hot glue.

4)  Attach your desired trim (1 yard) to the edges with hot glue.  In this case, I opted for sequins and feathers.

You can imagine that you could whip up some pretty creative shades.  Craft and fabric stores have tons of trims and fabrics.  Your imagination has no limit!  This is such a user-friendly project since it involves no sewing and no guess work.  I hope you find it easy too.  Try it and feel free to come back and post pictures of your own creations.  Your feedback is always appreciated.

Published in: on May 21, 2010 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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A bedroom fit for a Tween (or Teen)

Our transformation from a boy’s room to a girl’s tween/teen paradise is nearly complete and all things pink that my daughter once tolerated for her mom’s sake *wink* is now a thing of her past.  This is now officially “her domain”!  Hopefully you can find some inspiration with some ideas we were able to do and change it to suit the queen in your life.

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Here’s what we did:

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How to give new life to old home decor for as little as $1

Wall decor found in brown but repainted in black to match new decor

Redoing a room in a new color scheme and suddenly find yourself faced with the dilemma of spending more money on decor pieces to match?  Even crazier, have you found yourself trying to find that perfect light fixture or decor piece but its the wrong color?  Don’t let a little color issue get in the way.  Worry no more, because with a can of the latest spray paints available and a little crafty work, you can give new life to that decor and re-use it.  The best part is, no one will know you just spent pennies on what will look like all new decor…what a great little secret!

Depending on what type of use the piece will get, you can find a can of spray paint for as little as $1 at most big box home improvement stores or discount stores.  Use a better quality paint for heavier use items such as exterior pieces, light fixtures, mirrors, etc.  Decor pieces that sit on a shelf or on a wall do just fine with the inexpensive paint.

Krylon’s line of spray paints come in a variety of finishes and can be applied to a variety of surfaces such as metals, plastics, wood, etc. so all is pretty much fair game! Just follow their application instructions to ensure a quality finish:

http://www.krylon.com/products/

Here’s some things recently repainted with a $1 can of spray paint for my tween/teen room project, but should give you an idea of the variety of finishes that can be painted:

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How to recover a chair seat cushion, vanity seat cushion or ottoman

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Timeless furniture pieces can last a lifetime with proper care but sometimes, spills happen or just good ol’ wear and tear to the fabric portions of seat cushions or ottomans.  No need to throw the furniture away; just replace the fabric!  Same thing would apply to finding a piece of furniture at a second-hand store; that junk could be your treasure.

In this example, I found a combination seat/storage bench but the fabric was all wrong for the tween/teen room it would be in.

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