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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Say no to lackluster lampshades


{I've been hard at work in the guest room/craft room these days getting everything set up just the way that I want it, like installing shelves and some wall-mounted lamps so I can see well enough to do some sewing at night.  The lamps are nice but the shades that came with them were pretty boring.  I thought about buying some fun and funky ones, but holy cow, lamp shades are expensive--I figured I was just going to have to learn to live with the blandness. Au contraire, mon frère. Thanks to this very easy-to-follow tutorial that I found at Design Sponge, I discovered that I could make my very own custom lampshades using fabric that I already owned.}



{I am so bad about taking photos while I'm in the process of doing/making something; I just want to plow on ahead and get it done, but luckily I remembered to pause a few times and take a few shots with my phone.  All in all, it took me about fifteen minutes to make the pattern and then cut and hem the fabric (which I purchased from Tonic Living about three and a half years ago when I was working on our home office in Virginia); I had to wait until the next day to do the actual gluing as I needed a ventilated space and didn't feel like attempting this outside in the dark.  As you can see, clothespins really came in handy during the gluing process, especially when you are working one handed because you're taking pictures with the other.}



{I let the lampshades sit for a bit to ensure that everything was properly affixed and then brought them upstairs to the guest/craft room and installed them on the fixtures.  I can tell that I've done a good job when even Captain Husband is impressed by my handiwork.}

9 comments:

Tonya said...

Cute! We've got two lamps in our bedroom and the shades are horrible - we got as a wedding present from Crate & Barrel so you'd think they'd hold up! I wonder if I could do something like this? But then I'd have to get a new bedspread to match, because we really need one after the cats came to live with us and have decided it's great to jump onto our feet at night with their claws. Then there is the yucky wallpaper that the previous owners had put up (who the heck uses wallpaper these days?)

So I think new lampshades may set in motion something I'm not really ready for right now!

Lori said...

You are just too crafty! I LOVE LOVE these!

Kelsey said...

I love them, they look so smooth! (Literally AND like "smoooooooooth, baby...")

That fabric is AWESOME.

Kim said...

I love the fabric! Now come over and do my house. I suck at decorating.

Ms POSH said...

Turned out great!

Have a great WW!
POSH

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

LOVE your work space & how you jazzed it up!!!

Veronica Lee said...

You did a fantastic job, L! Love it!

Lisa said...

Looks great! Love your fabric choice! Oooh, that mac is great too...I have the same one at work :)

melifaif said...

I am LOVING those...great job. The transformation is fab!!!

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