Sunday, September 20, 2009

Little Light O’ Mine

Are you anything like me and have a bunch of this around the house?

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And by this, I don’t mean a counter full of groceries waiting to be put away.  I can’t really decorate, blog, and work around the house, can I???  Something must suffer.

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Well, I do have a lot of this.  Lamps that I find on clearance, don’t really have a place for, but just can’t leave on the shelf.

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Lucky for me, I have a classroom (a really big classroom) that was just begging for some feminine lamp love.  How about these?

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Are you noticing a pattern to these at all?  I’ll tell you.  Bright colors.  I’m a neutral girl, remember?  Being in my classroom allows for me to decorate “out of the box” so to speak.  Plus, the color makes me smile when I’m grading my 3,426th paper.

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Just in case you’re wondering what one of my all-time favorite decorating tips is (and I’m sure you’ve been wondering that for a long time), it’s changing out a lamp.  Think I’m joking?

IMG_7299 None of these lamps came out of the store looking like this.

IMG_7307 A little extra cording here, a little splash of paint there…

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And, of course, the ol’ fabric on the lampshade trick is my favorite.

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That’s just a sampling!  Seriously…I have more.  Well, I hope you enjoyed the little tour!  I’ll come back later to show you what the lamps look like in their new home.

49 comments:

Let it Shine said...

Those are so stinking cute. Love the funky and colorful shades. And the turquiose lamp is precious!!

Alyshia

Rachelle said...

That turquiose lamp is freakin' fabulous!

Rachelle

mrs parker said...

OMG those are amazing and adorable. You're so crafty!!! Can't wait to see what they look like "at work"!!!

jerriann said...

Now those are some cuuuute lamps. And I do have a few of them just hanging around. Care to share you how-tos?

Kelli said...

Please show me how! I love the bright color lamps. I want a cute one to go in my new crafting space.

saraiwithani said...

Seriously, we need to know your lamp shade make it prettier techniques! Please, do tell!

KellyH said...

I love the lamps with the polka dot shades!!

MissCottageApt said...

So cute! I love finding lamp shades on clearance, because then they're BEGGING for some fresh love!

Country Dreaming said...

Love them all. The ones for your classroom will work well. Can't wait to see them in their new home!

Melinda

Beth said...

I love the fun, bright colors. How do you attach the fabric to the lamp shade?

Jennifer said...

I love photo #4. Adorable.

The Little Red Shop said...

You know, I do...I have lamps waiting to be re-wired, painted re-shaded, re-worked..all over my house, storage, shed,...um...carriage house... hee hee.

Those cheerful lamps for your classroom are really cute!

: )

Julie M.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Lamp love baby! I recently have been recovering some of my fugly lamp shades. It really makes a difference! I haven't yet ventured into patterend fabric...but seeing your results...especially the little green and white floral shade, has me wanting to take the plunge. Is that a run on sentence?

Mom's Place said...

You are so creative! Those are way cute!!!!!!

*Hubby is saying (dad of 4 girls) "Ewwwwww....girly"! LOL

Carmen said...

I have just begun my love affair with lamps. I don't know why I never thought of it before. I just put one in my dining room and I every time I look at it, I smile. I love all of the lamp shades you've done. So cute!

Jodee Leader said...

Those lamps are fabulous! I especially love the fun bright fabric for your classroom!

Cereal In My Stiletto said...

ooh, love these! I am feeling inspired as I stare at my white lampshade. :) Yes, I agree, what's your how-to??

Lissy said...

Gorgeous :) And I think you have your priorities right! House work is always there the next day!

Katy said...

HOw cute are you and your lamp remakes!

~ Kelly Ann ♥ said...

So darn cute-


http://kellyannstudio.blogspot.com/

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

So fun!

Sherri S said...

I LOVE them! Now just how do you put the fabric on there and get them looking so FABULOUS? I bet it makes your students smile too!

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

I was looking for a perfect lamp today and i think i found it that blue round one will be perfect...oh wait it's not for sale?? jj these are great

debra said...

So, so cute!!

Melody B. said...

Yes, please share your wealth of talent with us...HOW do you recover the lamps? SO CUTE!

Janean said...

The colors are happy! Was the shade that has the concave curves harder to redo?

Nancy said...

Yummy.... not the food; but the lamps! Bright and spunky. Love it. Let us know how you did it. Kudos!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Yay for color! Love it. I'm so glad you're going to show us what they look like in their new home.

Caro's Thrifty Adventures said...

WOW!!!! ALL your lamps are jaw-dropping beautiful!!!
I love the pattern on the ones you just transformed!

Elizabeth said...

First off, I love ALL of your lamps!

But I would really love to know where you got that green houndstooth (is that how it's spelled?) fabric??? That would be perfect for a project I'll be doing soon!!! If you could shoot me a quick email I would be your new BFF!

Antoinette said...

I ♥ all of your lamps! Especially the new ones for your class. They are so cute!!!

Holly said...

Ok, I am ready for the "how to" cover a lampshade. Share with us!!!

queenbee said...

Love the pops of color, cant wait to see them in your classroom. Care to share your tips on covering a lamp shade.

Farmgirl Paints said...

LOVE THEM! Can you share a tutorial on how you did that??

Bonny Day said...

Hey! I love your blog! It's one of my favorites, You have the cutest Ideas! Anyways, I was wondering, how does the whole giveaway thing work? I just started out a few months ago, selling my bows, and its pretty popular locally, but I want to get my name out there! Sorry to leave this on a comment,but I couldn't find your Contact info!

slinkycat said...

Wow, they are all really amazing, such talent! :) x

Rachel and Jacob said...

I love this blue lamp! I also noticed that you had a frame in the same color in a post below, what kind of paint did you use for them?

Jamie said...

They look great! I have a lamp that I'm revamping right now, too. Thanks for the inspiration...again! :)

talesandtrials said...

I love the green houndstooth fabric on one of the lamps. So chic!

What kind of paint did you use on the turquiose lamp base? Did you use primer? I have been looking for a lamp to makeover but wasn't sure what paint to use on a shiny surface. You should do a lamp makeover tutorial!

Sarah said...

Totally inspirational! We need a "how to" though! I'm afraid mine would be dripping with glue gunk all crooked!

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh I just LOVE that turquoise lamp! And if you get a chance I would love to know where that awesome fabric is from. I want me some!!

Lindsey @ Better After said...

That is so funny, your first pictures... Yeah, my entire house is a disaster right now. I can't seem to make myself clean anything. Love all your lamps. Do you have a tutorial on how to make fabric lampshades? I've tried with ribbon once and just embarassed myself.

Hillcrest Acres said...

Love the shades!!!

Lil' Woman said...

Love all the lampshades..esp. the bright colorful ones! :)

Heather_myafbrats said...

Wow, I suddenly realized that I have not appreciated lamps as much as I should! Love them!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my, I SOOOO love what you did with those lamps! That blue is fabulous and I heart the fabric on the shades!

Wendy said...

They look fabulous! I love the first two shades & that blue one is my fave!

Lettered Cottage said...

Chris- those lamps look great!
I have one in the Reading Room I need to do something with. Is it easy to wrap the fabric around it and make it look smooth?
You don't really have to answer me, I know you're up to your eyeballs in papers that need grading. It just felt It just felt good to ask that question out loud. It forced me to start thinking about the answer and inspired me to get that bad boy done once and for all!

Thank you!
Layla

Kelly said...

I cant get enough of your blog. I want to curl up inside of it and never come out! Your ideas are fantastic! Keep em' coming!

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