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Thursday, March 8, 2012

You Must've Been a Beautiful Baby Lamp


I hope I'm not boring you to death by continuing on & on about all the projects from my daughter's recent room makeover, but I know there were at least 1 or 2 of you who wanted more info on some of the details.  So, those of you who are still awake, read on.


Today, I'm giving you the 411 on her little lamp.  I admit that even after all the lamp makeovers I've done, my first inclination was to go out & shop for a new lamp for her when I was planning her room.  But, like so many other times, I realized everything I really wanted was right under my nose.  (Sounds like a quote from a cutesy coffee mug, huh?)


But, seriously, once I imagined the possibilities of the old lamp, I realized it was going to be just perfect.




This was actually this little lamp's 2nd makeover.  I wish I had a picture of the way it looked when I first found it at an antique shop years ago, but just imagine it in a gold hue with a yellowed old shade.  So really, this before is actually an after, but for this case, it became a before again.  (Confused yet?)





I've always loved that little baby cherub's face, so I just updated it with a little color.  Rustoleum's Summer Squash, to be exact.





And here's a little tip for spray painting lamps...cover the cord & bulb socket with foil to keep them from getting painted.


As for the shade, the toile obviously had to go, so I decided to make my own version of PB Teen's Tuxedo Ruffle Shade.  It was just what I wanted, but I'm just to cheap to pay $49 for a lamp shade.




So, instead, I started with this basic drum shade from Target, which was approximately the same size for (I think) $12.





 For the ruffles, I used some plain white cotton fabric I already had on hand & cut it into 4 strips.  (I cut the fabric twice the length of the circumference of the shade to allow for gathering into a ruffle.)




Then I simply made a gathering stitch up the center of each strip, & gathered it up to make the ruffle.



I then pinned it onto my lampshade & evened out the gathers.


Working in sections, I used hot glue to attach the ruffle in place.




Then, I just repeated the rows until it was done.  I snipped off a few of the long loose threads, but the little ones just add more interest.


That's all there was to it.  It really was a cute little baby lamp, but I like her even better now!  Hope you do, too!  I'll be linking up this lamp makeover to a few of these parties.  For more lamp re-vamps, click here.








 

22 comments:

  1. precioso, me encanta, excelente trabajo, muy inspirador

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    1. Muchas gracias! Estoy tan contento que le guste!

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  2. I have a few lamps I could paint! I've got the lamp-painting-itch. That one turned out so cute!

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  3. love everything about her room makeover! What can you tell me about this cute little polka dot ipod clock thing? :)

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    1. That clock is actually this one from Target:

      http://www.target.com/p/Audiovox-iPod-Clock-Radio-White-CR8030iE5/-/A-12244428#?lnk=sc_qi_detailbutton

      It has interchangeable inserts that can be changed out, so I used one of those as a pattern & made my own insert from scrapbook paper!

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  4. Looks so cute! I love the colors you choose for this room. I've pinned all your ideas that came out of this room. I'm going to be using it for inspiration in my daughter's new room. I actually just bought the same yellow color spray paint for some projects.

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  5. Very, very cute, Julie. Love that shade-it's perfect for the lamp...very bright and cheery! xo Diana

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  6. I love the room makeover. Great job on the lampshade. It's perfect and looks like a million bucks, not just $49 ;)

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  7. This is so cute, I love the color you chose:) I would love to feature you over at my cheap finds and transformations link up party this week! Here's the link if you'd like to join us:) http://www.thescottscrib.com/2012/03/lathriftas-cheap-finds-and.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. Julie, that is just the sweetest thing!~ Who would have thought? Spray-paint to the rescue! I love it! And, I'm a new follower ~ Nice to meet you!
    Anne ♥♥

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  9. I love the lamp! The shade is adorable!

    Jill
    Iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

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  10. I've been thinking about doing this exact knock-off for a while, Julie!

    Way to beat me to it! : )

    And the yellow is just perfection with the white.

    I love it!

    And I would LOVE IT if you'd share this at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL going on right now!

    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/03/feature-friday-free-for-all-10-my.html

    Hope to see you soon!


    ~Abbie

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  11. How great that you got to do two makeovers on one lamp?! It looks fantastic. (I'm also loving the little clock radio ;)
    ~Elena
    http://acasarella.blogspot.com

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  12. Hi Julie
    What a LOVLEY Job :) Two makeovers on the same lamp........that´s nice :)
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    Håkan ( The Roseman)

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  13. Just adorable! I found your blog via Jennifer's and so happy I did. I'm now following and will be checking out more of your talented creations. Thanks for sharing about the tab top curtains ~ great idea!

    Pat

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  14. I am so going to try this with my own lampshade! Thanks for the awesome idea. I hope you can check out some of my upcycled ideas too! http://www.modernministrymom.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow i love the transformation it would be great if you could link up to to party at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-showoff-party-5-come-and-link-up.html?m=1

    thankyou so much xxx

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  16. I just found you on facebook via a link from Premier Prints! What a GREAT blog - I can't believe I haven't seen you before!

    Aimee
    Wonderfully Domestic
    http://wonderfullydomestic.blogspot.com/

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  17. What a great idea! And super easy, too.

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  18. Hello, great job on the transformation! I found your blog via Pinterest and was wondering what color you chose for the walls and what the paint brand was. I'm currently in the process repainting our bedroom and the color is fantastic.

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    1. So glad you like it! The color is Sherwin Williams Tradewind mixed at 75%. Hope that helps you!

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