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…..

CourtneyOutLoud_LampShadeCloseUp

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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More Wood & Brass Lighting Awesomeness…..

If you have not guessed, I love wood and brass together.  If my last post regarding my new wood and brass chandelier did not affirm that notion, then maybe today’s will.  A few months ago, I found a killer brass and wood lamp at my favorite resale shop:

Unfortunately, it was missing a harp, needed some rewiring, new shade and the base had “lamp psoriasis”……

Or what I think everyone else would call rust.  However, none of those things deterred me because I saw how awesome this lamp could be with about an hour’s worth of effort.

Thanks to about 10 minutes of sanding of the base, 15 minutes of rewiring, 10 minutes of wood oiling and sealing and 20 minutes of spray painting, I was able to turn this puppy around…..

I was lucky enough to find the shade at Anthropology for $30 marked down from $129.  I love the fun pattern and colors of the shade……

To be perfectly honest, I am still on the fence regarding the shade.  Part of me feels that it may be too busy considering the lamp base already has a pattern.  However,  part of me loves the craziness of it.  It strikes me as very 70s chic – the brass, wood and ikat pattern.

So if I was to rate my newest brass and wood light it would rank around the level of 70s awesomeness…..well if awesome was Charlie’s Angels + Bionic Woman combined with spending the day on Fantasy Island before heading out to Studio 54 in a custom Halston leisure suit.

Yeah, I think the lamp is just that kind of awesome.

Happy Monday!!!!

Update 8/24/11: Submitted this project to the CSI Lamp Challenge

Lamp Shade Quick Fix…..

I am in “crunch time” for the apartment renovation regarding all the little projects that need to get done before installation this Thursday.  One of those projects was figuring out what to do with the shade for one the lamps that will be residing in the guest bedroom.

I found two of these brass lamps on sale at Home Goods for $15 each.  I think it would be a safe bet to say that the shades may have had something to do with their discounted price.  While I am not against the idea of having a zebra striped lamp shade, I can’t say that my client would be enamoured with the concept.

So I had to find a solution that allowed me to use the existing shade since (1) I did not have the time to order a new shade online and have it delivered and (2) the budget is tighter than a cheerleader’s sweater.  Fortunately for me, this thing called the “internet” came to the rescue in the form of fellow blogger Janell of Isabella & Max Room.  Her lampshade tutorial  was the inspiration for a quick DIY project to transform the shade  into this……

I am quite pleased with how it turned out, while not perfect, it is a heap better than the original shade.  I slightly changed the tutorial since I didn’t love the inside of the shade as it was white, so I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Metallic in Bronze.

Painting the inside of the shade made a huge difference in the quality of light – the lamp now gives off a wonderful warm light that is perfect for a bedside table (and makes everyone look that much sexier…and honestly, who doesn’t want to look sexy in bed, unless you are tired, then you just want to look asleep).

The one thing I did struggle with was deciding what fabric to use.  It had to be opaque as not to allow the zebra print to show through when the lamp was on.  However, it had to be thin enough to easily glue and fold over the existing lamp shade frame.  Finally, it had to be something that could be cleaned because really, who wants a dusty lampshade?

I am unpredictable in many aspects of my life, but when I need inexpensive designer fabric, there really is only one place I turned to in my area, Discount Fabrics.   They have a fantastic remanent section that I am normally able to score top brand fabrics for $4.95 a yard (no joke!).  Sadly, Lady Luck was not on my side this afternoon regarding their remanent section, but I did find a great fabric that fit all my criteria in their upholstery section.

Priced at $18.50/yard, I am able to do both lamps with a half yard of fabric, so total cost for two lamp shades was $9.50.  Score!  I love that quatrefoil pattern on the fabric and that it is reversible, changing to a gold and brown colorway on the reverse.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the project and happy to have dipped my toe back into the DIY waters.  It had been a while since I had done anything and I was nervous about jumping back in on a client’s project, but I am glad I did!

Tomorrow is trimming out the curtains and some DIY art for the dining room.  I am going to milk this budget for all its worth!