Tuesday, June 12, 2012

So what did I do with that lovely fabric??

Pin It             I love color. I love it in my clothes, in accessories, in home decor. Hubby doesn't care about color as much. His perfect living/media room has tan-colored walls, leather couches and a big TV.  And that's what we had for a couple of years until I got really tired of it. In this room we also had some very plain lamps. We got a 4-piece set of black and white lamps on clearance at Target a few years ago. They were extremely boring but so practical, and for the price of $35 for the whole set we just couldn't turn this deal down especially because lamps are the only source of light in this room. So that's what the originals looked like:


   Sorry for such a dark picture. This mini-lamp now sits in my son's room, and I snapped this picture right before his bedtime (it's the last unfinished lamp from the set).
   So at first I decided to add at least a little bit of color and painted the base of the lamps this lovely turquoise. I did it like a year ago :


   It was OK but it never felt finished for me. Then last week I discovered a new-to-me and my now favorite store- Hancocks Fabrics. I swear, I spent 2 hours there just walking the aisles and falling in love with their choices. I ended up buying these:


   Aren't these lovely? As soon as I saw these fabrics, I knew what I wanted to do with them. I decided to make new shades for our lamps. It was my first time ever. Here's what  I did. It is a no-sew project. Instead, I used fabric glue, spray adhesive and a double-sided iron tape. That's it! First, I removed all the trim off  of the original shades:


   Then I rolled and traced each shade on fabric and added some more space for folding (I just noticed that I made this picture before I actually removed the trim. Oops...)


  
   Sometime during the process I got a little helper to assist me too :)

             
   So I cut out my fabric, sprayed the shade lightly with the adhesive and wrapped fabric around it tightly smoothing all the imperfections and leaving extra hanging on the top and the bottom. I then wrapped the extra fabric around the edges and used fabric glue to attach it. Then I cut out the new trim and added double-sided tape inside:


 I again used my trusted fabric glue to attach it and also cloth pins for better adhesion:


   And here's the finished lamp. What do you think?


   I love it!! And what's even better is that Hubby loves it too!! :) I also made a few pillows to add some color to the couches too:


   I never know how to make pictures of pillows! I made two of these blue ones to add to a couple of blue and brown that we already had.

   I really enjoyed this inexpensive and easy project. For about $15 total for three new shades- you just can't beat that! Eventually we want to get some bigger and "chunkier" lamps but for now I love what we've got. And I just can't wait to start working on a new DIY adventure!!

I'm linking this project to milkandcuddles.com , www.familyhomeandlife.com and www.gingersnapcrafts.com Wednesday linking parties. Check out other awesome projects there!

24 comments:

  1. The lamp is so nice, it would have cost a bundle if you bought it at the store, and the pillows are perfect for a punch of classy color! I have a rug I made from the same fabric as the blue, also made dresses for our little girls with it, so cute!!

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    1. I love these fabrics and the price too! I bet those dresses are as pretty as everything else you make!

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  2. Great!!!

    http://estilohedonico.blogspot.pt/

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Wonderful, Lena ! Come on up to my house and add some of your flare ! xxx

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    1. I'd love too. I wish you would live a little closer :)

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  4. So crafty!! And beautiful! Great job; I think they look fabulous!

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  5. Gorgeous, Lena!!! :) Love it!

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  6. The pillows are my favorite. Great job! And for so little money. One pillow would have cost more than what you spent for the whole project!

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    1. Thank you. This blue fabric was on clearance because it was the last piece. So I cost less than $3 per pillow to make. I saw something similar at RC Willey for $25, so I sure am pleased.

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  7. Very nice!
    And you saved big bucks not buying designer lampshades in the store....double win!!

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    1. Thank you! I doubt I would replace these shades any time soon if it wasn't that easy and cheap. That's my kind of project :)

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  8. Very nice, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday.

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    1. Loved how you used the clothspins btw. thanks for linking with me.

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  9. Beautiful! I love the blue - I have been wanting to do this to a few lamps at home. Your blog is so inspiring to me, I love your ideas!

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  10. Now that you have made your gorgeous lamp shades you will find yourself bitten by the decorating bug. I see lots of fabulous projects coming up soon, well done that fabric is gorgeous....

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    1. That is so true!!! I've been working on all kinds of little projects all week :)

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  11. I love the lamp and the cushions. You are very clever! I'm hopeless at sewing so I particularly love the no-sew lampshade idea :)

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  12. Wow! A+! Fantastic. You have skills, lady. :)

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  13. Another great lamp story? This "lamp lady" is one happy camper! I just love the B&W! it's a "can't miss" color scheme! ...and thanks for the tutorial to go with it all!

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