Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Favorite Lamp Redo and Another Small Surprise Project

So here it is, my favorite lamp redo. I saved this one for last, because sometimes the difficult ones, turn into the best piece of all.  Again, I bought this base at the thrift store for about $5.00 and used the same Ballet Pink Paint in the previous lamp redo's to make it look sensational.  That was the easy part. The lampshade, proved to be mistake after mistake. I just couldn't find the right way to cover it. First I got the bright idea to paint it off white. It took me about 3 seconds to realize that was a mistake. It just looked like a bunch of old fuzz. Then I tried to cover it with a wider Grey satin ribbon. Problem with that is, the further you wrap it, the more crooked it gets. Then I researched covering it with fabric. I had been debating with that idea, but it wasn't something I had done before. First I had to find a fabric that would work. I wondered the fabric isle with the intentions of finding a solid gray material. I was just about to give up when I found this basic shirt material and thought it just might work. It wasn't what I had pictured, but it would work with the pale pink accessories I had . Secondly, I had to make my own pattern with the lamp shade. I wasn't sure what paper I could use that would possibly be big enough and then the light bulb went off....Wrapping paper! We all know I've got plenty of that. So I made my pattern, pinned the pattern to the material, cut it out and used adhesive spray to roll and attach it to the lamp shade. Now that looks easier then it is. For one, I should of cut my edges smoother, but then I found out that it being uneven at the top and bottom is a problem becuase you can see it. Let's say, I have some brainstorming to do still to cover up my errors on the top. Lastly, I used more jewelry pieces from the C'Est La Vie collection at Michael's. I simply wrapped the material around the lampshade, tied it in a loose knot. Hot glued the Cameo and that was it.  I can't wait till Ciara gets back and see's the three of these lamps together. I have no doubt she's going to LOVE THEM!

If you'd like some instructions on  how to cover a lamp shade with fabric, check out this link. It was my main source of instructions: How To Cover a Lampshade Tutorial

Here's a second tutorial, that gives step by step photos and does a few steps differently. 

I'm also including a link to the Michael's Project Site, so you can see some additional pieces made with the jewelry line I've mentioned. Here's a small photo of my favorite project on the site. They are beautiful, so be sure to check them out on the link in detail.

Now, let me share my other little project. This is a bracelet holder made from a wooden mug rack I bought at Goodwill. This wasn't planned, but when I seen it at the store, I instantly knew what I could do with it. Again, I'm trying to help make room in that jewelry box, by taking out some of her bulkier pieces. 

And After:


  1. I love the re-do's the lamp is so pretty. My daughter uses a mug rack for her bracelets. Love what you are doing.

  2. The lamp is gorgeous!! I love the jewelry accent! Come check out my blog when you get a chance. I always love new followers!

  3. My daughter loved the cameo piece as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I LOVE this and would love it if you would link it up at my linky party:

  5. Love the lamp. It is so cute! Thanks for linking this up as well.

  6. Popped over from Someday Crafts. LOVE the lamp and the jewelry holder is very clever! :)

  7. I love your lamp but where is the before picture?