DIY Lampshade Challenge from Lamps.com

Y’all know I love a good lighting fixture, so when the folks at Lamps.com sent me a message asking if I would participate in their DIY Blogger Lampshade Challenge I jumped at the chance to flex my under utilized DIY muscle.  The challenge was simple, take a basic white shade and work my DIY mojo…..

LightsUp Shade

We were given full reign on how and what we could do with the shade.  I  literally sat and stared at the shade for about an hour realizing that I needed to give myself some parameters, otherwise I would drive myself bonkers.  So I gave myself these rules: (1) the whole project couldn’t be more than $20, (2) the DIY had to take less than a hour and (3) it final look had to incorporate pattern in some way.

With the guidelines set, I then went about looking through the house deciding which room needed a mini-overhaul and I decided that while I ADORE my “music room” I haven’t done much with it in a while, so it was the perfect spot to shake things up.  Deciding on the room gave me a pretty clear direction on where I wanted to go with the shade.  So armed with $20 and one hour, I got to work and created this…..

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I wanted to go for a more organic and batik-like feel for the shade but was having a hard time with the concept until I stumbled upon a purple lace at my local fabric store.   The fabric itself was horrible but what it did have go for it was a great overscale pattern that would make the perfect stencil.  It wasn’t overtly flowery or intricate and at $6.99 a yard, it was a definite winner.

I seriously thought about doing an in-depth DIY tutorial, but honestly, it may be insulting to some of you since all I did was take some spray adhesive, lightly coat the shade and then lined up the material ensuring it was straight.  Since I wasn’t going for a crisp line on my pattern as batik typically has a softer feel I wasn’t too worried about bleeding.  Once the step-up was done, I sprayed the whole thing with two cans of glossy Navy Rust-Oleum spray paint.  FYI, If I was spraying on anything but fabric, I would have bought matte spray paint.

One hour later and a little help from a hair dryer (because I am impatient), I was done and the shade was up in the room basking in the warm afternoon light…..

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I even had $3 left over so I treated myself to a latte.  Not bad for a day’s work right?  But Lamps.com is offering more than a latte if you visit their site and vote on your favorite DIY shade.  Once you vote, you are entered to win a $100 gift card from them!  Some great bloggers contributed to the challenge, so swing by and take a look….and I promise I won’t be offended if you vote for someone else!

Photography Credit: Photo by Adza

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Weekend DIY: Coaster Shadowboxes

So yes, I am doing a “weekend” DIY on a Wednesday but I figure many of you all are on vacation now, so this Wednesday is LIKE a Saturday.  That is my justification and it makes perfect sense (in my head)……

In any case, many of you asked about the coaster shadow boxes that were highlighted as part of my House Proud segment on the Nate Berkus Show.

They are SUPER easy to create and require the barest of supplies:

1) Shadow Box

2) Picture Mat

3) Craft Paper

4) Coasters

5) Hot Glue Gun

6) Spray Adhesive

That be it folks….6 materials to create your own shadow box.  For the three boxes I made, I picked up the shadow boxes at Michael’s using the ever-present 40% off coupon.  I then rummaged through my stash of picture mats and selected three that I picked up during a clearance sale for pennies (literally).  As for the craft paper, I bought 2 sheets with a slight metallic sheen for $1.

The major investment was in the form of the coasters.  They are sliced agate slate.

I was fortunate enough to have been gifted a set of coasters from a family friend.  However, you can find the coasters at a variety of stores.  A quick internet search for “geode coasters” found these amethyst star coasters, this agate slate option as well as this crushed glass option.

Once you have all your materials gathered, the project goes by quickly:

1) Cut your craft paper down to size to fit the back of  your shadow box.  Once cut, spray with mounting adhesive and adhere to back of shadow box.

2) As your craft paper dries, take your picture mat and dry fit to the front of the shadow box.  You will be attaching the picture mat directly to the  inside of the glass to give the illusion that the mat is floating.  Place a small dot of hot glue in each corner of the mat and adhere to glass.  Set aside to dry.

3) Pick up the back of the shadow box that you covered in craft paper.  Find the center and place your coaster.  Take the front of the shadow box and lay on top to confirm coaster placement.  Once you have confirmed that the coaster is centered and aligned properly, attach coaster with hot glue to craft paper.

4) Allow all pieces to dry 10-15 minutes before assembling and hanging.    I waited overnight to be on the safe side.

I knocked out all three of the shadow boxes in about an hour.  I love this project not only because anyone can do it, but because it’s a great way to give importance to any object you want.  For example, if you travel internationally, you know that the currency exchange kiosks never take back coins.  So rather than  chuck them in a drawer, use this  method to create a fantastic shadow box of your travel adventures.

The possibilities are only limited to your imagination and the size of the items.  Have fun and go wild!  Speaking of going wild, I have one more shadow box DIY to share with you all on Friday that is part of my Christmas tablescape!

So what are you doing with your holiday time off?  Tackling craft projects?  Home repair?  Or taking it easy?

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1 Minute Orb Lamp….DIY Tutorial (sorta)

Yes you read the title of this post correctly.  It took me exactly 1 minute to create this cool globe lamp:

Honestly.

No Joke.

I Swear To the Baby Jesus.

This honestly is the simplest DIY project EVER and you have to thank Karen over at The Art of Doing Stuff for the inspiration.  It will actually take me longer to explain how I did the light then it will be for you to do it.

Thus far, the light has proven to be invaluable in my frequent late night trips to the bathroom.  Since adopting Scruffy, those trips have turned into numerous opportunities for me to step on the poor pup.  But alas, thanks to this miracle of miracles, Scruffy will suffer squashed paws no longer.

To complete this project, you will need a glass light fixture, which I picked up at my local junk shop for $3:

You will also need a string of twinkle lights (Christmas lights)…

I used a string of LED white lights I had from my Christmas decorations which ran me $1.99 a string.  I strongly recommend that you do not use a string of regular (non-LED) lights.  I found that the lamp became quite warm by the end of the night when I used the non-LED lights, which could pose a fire hazard down the road.  Better safe then sorry right?

Now to assemble this masterpiece, take your lights and jam them into the glass orb leaving about 6 inches to a foot exposed so you can plug it in. 

And there you have it……

I actually ended up using a very long string of lights because I loved how it looked with the individual lights pushed against the glass.  It reminded me of fireflies in a glass jar.  You can use less lights and have more of an overall soft glow, but I tend to like to go big or go home.

So for $5 and 1 minute of your time, you can create a light sculpture, lamp, glowing glass orb, nightlight….call it what you want but I am going to stick with cool.

Weekend DIY: Yarn Sign

Victoria is an event stylist, freelance designer and online DIY editor who is the voice behind the blog, A Subtle Revelry….

She creates cool stuff and makes me want to be a better person.  Her yarn sign is a simple idea that has multiple applications, ranging from decorations for a kids’ room to the perfect directional signage at a laid back wedding….

For myself, I would create a sign for the holidays and rather than string yarn, use twinkle lights….sorta like a twist on a vintage neon light.  But I am curious…how would you use this sign?  Think about over the weekend and get back to me.

And don’t forget, the April Give Away officially closes on Monday at midnight!

Weekend DIY: Wall Mirrors Galore…

I got a two-fer for you this weekend all about mirrors.  Being a vain person, I enjoy walking by mirrors and seeing my reflection.  Wait a second, I just caught my reflection in my TV screen……..

Okay, I’m back now.  Mirrors are coming in a variety of shapes but none as hot as the sunburst/starburst.  The classy lass, AprilDense over at Unique Illusions has a cute tutorial on a starburst mirror she made for her Mother as a Christmas present……

Stop by her blog and see how she transformed this Ikea mirror into the perfect holiday present for the design conscious Mom:

For those of you who are savvy at counting, you are probably thinking to yourself….”He said two-fer and I am only seeing a one-fer.”  Well congrats on being able to count and creating a whole new word never seen before (i.e. one-fer).  Because you are so attentive, I will post the other awesome mirror project that AprilDenise did.  She created another gift-worthy mirror but using mosaics….

The tutorial is QUICK and SIMPLE – if I can contemplate this, then you can too!

Now go forth and build my fellow bloggers!  I will be right behind you…there is this really hot guy staring at me.  I need to find out more about him….OH WAIT, it’s me in the mirror.  Okay, never mind……

Do you want your project profiled in Weekend DIY?  Shoot me a link to your project at lifeoutloudmail@gmail.com.  Just remember that your project should only take a weekend (or less) to start and complete for less than $100.

Weekend DIY: Ikea Hacked Table

Bri from the blog Me, You and a Wiener reminds me of what could have been if Andrew Dice Clay was born a woman with mad DIY skills…..

I love her foul-mouthed, wonderfully awesome DIY creations.  She is the best friend I wished I had who can upholster, sew, has a wicked cute kid and can curse a sailor under a table.  I think I want to be her….or at least bask in her awesomeness.  However, until I get the opportunity, I will settle for trying to recreate this awesome project where she took this….

And transformed it into this……

 

How freakin’ cool is the final product?!?!  Check out her colorful and hilarious tutorial……just be forewarned that if are easily offended by four-letter words, then this may not be the tutorial for you.  However, to get a desk that cool, I think you may want to look past the occasional f-bomb.  Now get your f*****g a*s over to the tutorial and work that s**t out!

Weekend DIY: Fish Scale Art

Fish scales are normally a messy thing.  They stick to everything and are a chore to clean up.  However, Tina of the blog Signed by Tina may find them differently. 

Inspired by the repetitive nature of the scales, she created a large-scale art piece out of black vinyl that is sexy, textural and just too cool….

 

I love the texture and movement in the piece.  Reimagined in faux ostrich or suede, it would make a stunning headboard.  But hey, it is pretty darn awesome as simply an art piece.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial from Tina on how to created the piece.  Go forth and craft my friends!  Alas there will be no crafting for me this weekend, as I need to buckle down and create some long overdue design/inspiration boards for anxious clients.

Have a GREAT weekend!