Monday, July 20, 2009

DIY fun: Lampshade attempt #2

Thank you all for the stories and tips on crutch usage...after hearing about some other injuries mine could be compared to a paper cut! Oh, and I've moved down to one crutch. I know this is kind of being lazy, but how the heck am I supposed to carry my coffee to work? Really? They should make cup holders on those things.
Anyway, I've been a busy bee with some DIY projects so that's what you'll be getting today, lots of DIY love. These projects I'll be showing you are kind of special b/c I'm going to start selling them (locally)...maybe people will buy them?!
Remember that neat-o little lamp I bought at the flea market? I'm not even sure why I'm asking, I don't actually expect you to remember that, so here's a refresher...
I decided that I really liked the sea foam-ish color of the base, therefore, all I needed to do was cover the shade. Although my first DIY lampshade turned out OK, it was kind of a failure in terms of quality (i.e. I did not cut the pattern correctly and it was a mess).
B assisted me in ensuring that my pattern was correct (I love you B!) so I wouldn't have a repeat mini disaster on my hands.
It's a simple concept really- a slanted lampshade= curved pattern.
I chose a Holly Anderson for Windham print that has a soft, whimsical feel to it.
It contrasts nicely with the base. You can purchase similar fabric here.
I haven't figured out how get a smooth finish by myself as it's so much easier with two people.
This lamp is fully functioning and came with a light bulb (double score). Now, hopefully some Athenian will find it as pretty as I do and want to buy it. Pretty please?
On another note, have you heard of Blogger Weekly? Well, the first issue is out today and I've been featured! Hop on over to Iva Messy to check it out.

{Don't forget to enter the Dee Beale giveaway if you haven't already. Winner will be chosen tomorrow night!}

24 comments:

heisschic said...

eeee i love the lamp! great choice in fabric, and it looks like you did a wonderful job with the execution.

color me inspired...

now if only i had a.) a lamp to cover b.) somewhere to put a lamp....

drollgirl said...

this looks FANTASTIC!!! you are so good at this, and methinks you can sell a lot of them!!!

Lauren Jade said...

ohhh I really like it! I have some lamps that I need to do the same thing to. The fabric is so chic and very you! good luck on getting it sold! Where are you going to promote it?

PS~Erin said...

Looks great!! I LOVE that little bird on the fabric you chose.

jaboopee said...

looks really great, good luck with that, i've a bit of a diy thing going on over at my blog today, i'm gilding an antique bed...

Kristin said...

What a lovely project. Fabulous job!

vintage simple said...

This looks great -- well done! And what a fabulous little site you have, lady!
-maria

Rachel said...

Love that lamp!! If you don't have someone to snatch it up soon, I'll be in the ATL area soon and would love to purchase it!

bananas. said...

uhhh it looks great! i love the fabric. someone has to buy it, it's too cute to pass up.

off switch said...

lamp looks adorable - good job! i definitely want to try that sometime soon. :)

miss rikki said...

i'd like to place an order please . . . FAB!

naphtali said...

Love it, love it, love it. And, congrats for the 'shout out' on Blogger Weekly!

Lauren said...

Wow, that came out great! Second time's the charm.

Iva said...

HEY! that is a GREAT idea! Cup holder for coffee in the crutches! LOL LOVE IT! and I think one crutch is ok :) {ugh sorry its still hurting though}

you did an amazing job. I love the fabric you picked out. I have always loved the combination of brown and pink, and here you have 2 shades of pink! It looks beautiful.

{thank you for Blogger Weekly!!} :)

Gabbi said...

I love the way the lamp turned out and I also love your new local shop idea! Congratulations on the magazine feature... both you and Drollgirl are very much fave's of mine... must get me a copy. :D

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Absolutely beautiful! Just love the fabric you chose, lots of fun!
xoxo

Sam said...

You've totally got it going on! I could never do that in a million years - that lamp is something someone will want for sure - it's very pretty!

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Wow, you did such a professional & lovely job! I would not succeed at this, but you seem to have it down!

Bromeliad said...

Nice job.

I, too, often have to call on the male in the house for help with projects requiring any kind of spatial skills.

paula said...

looks fabulous, love the fabric choice.

Hanako66 said...

how cute...great work!

Betsy Head, Affordable Interior Design said...

So crafty! So cute! Love seeing your transformations.

Betsy

find....found....forage said...

I have been wondering for the longest time how to go about covering an old lampshade. As it turns out, I couldn't resist buying one (handcrafted of course)Thank you, you do make it sound easy. I'm following your makeovers now! S x

tw715 said...

You're a genius! I'm not sure I'm totally sold on the fabric I used for my pleated version - this will give me an opportunity to start fresh. Thank you!

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