Monday, April 4, 2011

Lampshade Redo

This yellow lampshade in Bitty's room was starting to get on my last nerve. It just didn't go with the rest of her room. It was like this bright glaring beacon, that every time I went in there shouted, 'HEY! LOOKIT ME! SUNSHINE YELLOW! NICE, EH? HEY! THERE'S NO OTHER YELLOW IN HERE, DIDJA NOTICE THAT? JUST ME!' It was driving me batty, I tell ya.

I had already told you how I went looking for new lamps/lampshades and fell in love with these. But at $99 I was going to have to pass.

It was while I was at Goodwill searching out a t-shirt to glue gun a shamrock onto that I found the lamp that I had been eyeballing at Target. It was almost exactly the same but $15 cheaper.

Clutching my prize, I gleefully ran out of Goodwill and then I realized... I still have a YELLOW lampshade.


Right next door to the Goodwill in my town is... Wait for it... The DOLLAR STORE! And they have those fake flowers like the ones on the Pottery Barn lampshade! I was almost giddy as I drove home with my Goodwill lamp and 6 bunches of Dollar Store roses.

Now, onto the good stuff.

The yellow lampshade was easy to disassemble; the yellow accordion bit was just glued onto the outside of the lampshade. I briefly thought of painting or cleaning it up, but my urge to start attaching the flowers was too great.
I used a small screwdriver (really small, like a glasses screwdriver) to poke a hole in the lampshade. After pulling the flower head off the stem, I poked the green part into the hole. I randomly put flowers all over until the entire lampshade was covered. Now, this next part is optional. Why, you may ask? Well, you'll only need to do this next bit if you're as completely off- your- rocker persnickety as I am. Once the lampshade was on the lamp in Bitty's room, those green bits on the inside of the lampshade were only visible if you were standing directly overhead of the lamp and looking down. Meaning, they were not visible at all from any place in her room. But I knew they were there. So they had to go.

Here's what I did: I snipped all the green bits on the inside so they were as flush as I could get them with the inside of the lampshade. To keep them in, I glue gunned them. Using the closest color I could find, I painted over the glue and green things.
For some reason, it felt absurdly like putting calamine lotion on bug bites. Goodwill lamp = $4.99

Dollar Store flowers = $6.00

No yellow in Bitty's room = Priceless

I'm linking up with Tatertots and Jello and Designer Garden! Enjoy more fabulous-ness there : )

13 awesome thoughts:

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

It turned out very beautiful and feminine! Love it!

Kadbury said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks! I think so too : )

Kimberly said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute!

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh so sweet ~ I think that the yellow would have shouted at me too! Thanks for sharing ~ come by and say hi sometime!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the blog and can't wait for more tips on being crafty! Your rock! XOXOX

Sommer said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh oh you don't even know how much I love this lamp! My daughters room is what we call the "enchanted forest". Though I love the rosette lamps I despise the thought of making a billion of them to cover a shade with. This lamp is perfect for her room and the flowers are already whole! I cannot wait to go get the flowers tomorrow and I love the little touches of pink in the midst of all the white =) I would love to see this linked up to my VIP party tonight if you have time. Otherwise it runs every Friday through the weekend =) Hope to see you there!

Kadbury said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Sommer! The lampshade really was ridiculously easy to make; I can't wait to see how yours turns out ~ I'll see you at your place on Friday to link up!

ImaYaYa said... Best Blogger Tips

Holy Cow! How cute is that!! I love it!
Now I'm going to have to redo the redo I did in my grandaughter's bedroom! This is beyond cute!!

driftwoodesign said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable, the finished look is perfect.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

I eyeballed those $99 lamps too, they were exactly what I wanted for my baby girl. I couldn't even come close to justifying that purchase, so I improvised. I think I may re-improvise with yours! Stunning, perfect, gorgeous, love it!!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said... Best Blogger Tips

This wonderful post totally contributed to the blog party's success! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I know a few girls that would love to have a lampshade like this! Thanks for linking up

BLT said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I see lamp shades and bows in my future!!!!!


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