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« on: November 29, 2011 07:44:58 PM »

In a continued effort to make my bedroom not look like the last 20 years of random accumulation threw up all over it, I reconstructed my bedside lampshades.  My hope was that they'd match the I-got-all-this-crap-for-almost-free-and-I'm-pretending-it-looks-rustic-and-farmy look that I seem to be going for these days.

     First, I grabbed some extra burlap I had sitting in a basket in the corner (yes, that really is where it was) and traced my lampshade on them.  I cut it out, leaving about an inch extra on each side of the "pattern" and hot glued that sucker over the existing shade.  I pulled the extra inch on top over the frame and glued it down on the inside, same on the bottom.  BURLAP LAMP SHADES BAM!

     But that didn't quite meet my need for pretty things, so I whipped out some felt and lace and decided to make some little flower things.  This is how you make little flower things:

 

     So after spending 15 minutes burning the heck out of my fingers, as is normal whenever I touch a hot glue gun, I had a bunch of little flowers.  I weilded the treacherous hot glue gun again and glued them to the lamps, stuffed some lace-y crap in it to make them feel like a lady, and BAM!  New lamps!





     I'm pretty psyched.  Not quite finished with them yet, as I'm trying to decide what color to make the bases, but I was too pumped not to go ahead and post them.  I'm going to start gluing these little flowers to everything.



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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2011 08:23:05 PM »

I think those look awesome. I really love your use of recycled items! I saw your post earlier about the pallet headboard and I think that looks great. I have been looking for things to use my burlap coffee bags on... this is definitely inspiring Smiley I also recently saw where someone used burlap to wrap their box spring to eliminate the need for bed skirts. They added nice bronze finished brads/tacks to attach the ends where the burlap met. You have some very inspiring things going on. Keep it up Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2011 08:42:18 PM »

Your lamps turned out super cute (and ladylike  Wink)!  I really like the contrast of the existing color on the lamp bases.  Maybe do the color of one of the darker flowers?  Or do you have to paint them at all?  Maybe just sand them down in a few spots to add interest? I dunno.... they aren't MY lamps...  Grin  Looks like you're having a great time in your bedroom!
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2011 03:46:32 AM »

What a phenomenal idea...I love the flowers!
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Taramor
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2011 02:40:09 PM »

I like it - and I like your style.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2012 06:22:36 PM »

i love the lamps, and...

I weilded the treacherous hot glue gun again and glued them to the lamps,




 i snorted when i read that, lol.  Smiley the glue gun is treacherous.
     I'm pretty psyched.  Not quite finished with them yet, as I'm trying to decide what color to make the bases, but I was too pumped not to go ahead and post them.  I'm going to start gluing these little flowers to everything.



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