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« on: February 29, 2004 02:14:46 AM »

Very simple idea.
Instead of one of those lame square glass shades for the light fixture in my room, I decided to get an umbrella from an asian market.  The one I found was $10 and made of bamboo and white fabric with flowers and birds painted on it.  I haven't put it up yet, but I'm going to do it the easy way.  I plan on sawing off a bit of the handle (cause it hangs too far down right now).   Then I'm gonna use zip ties to attach the umbrella to the bare light fixture that's up there now.  So yes, umbrellas=cheap and very cool light shades.  

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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2004 07:26:55 AM »

You mean for one of the fixtures that is close to the ceiling? I'm not sure if I'm thinking the same thing as you, but what I'm picturing is really neat! I always want to buy those parasols in chinatown.
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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2004 08:49:59 AM »

I've used one of those paper lanterns from Target as a lamp shade.  

I have a big floor lamp, the kind with a table on it.  I got it from a thrift store for $3, and the shade was that awful fake-muslim looking stuff, ruffled, with a big brown bow on it.  (Blech and double blech!)  We used it without a shade for quite a while because we couldn't stomach spending more on a shade (It would have to be a big shade, or we'd have to buy a new harp too, and just live with the shade being disproportionate looking.) than we did on the lamp.  

Even at Walmart, lampshades of the size we would need were in the $14-$20 range, and the ones that cheap weren't all that attractive.  I'd considered ways I could spruce them up, but just hadn't wanted to spend the money and the time.

Then, the other day, we saw those paper lanters at Target.  They're pretty big, come in cool colors, and nifty shapes.  We got one of the cylinder ones for $4.99.  It's about 18" long when unfolded, and a foot in diameter.  I was considering hanging it from the ceiling so it would fit over the lamp, but when I brought it home and set it on harp, it looked great just like that!  

I had to do some manipulating with some wire to make it fit a harp, since it's meant to be hung, and it doesn't have a finial, but otherwise it's great.  It has a wide opening at the bottom so that while sitting in the chair or couch you get directional light straight from the lamp, so it's bright enough to craft by, but it difuses the light beautifully around the rest of the room.  It's the pretty purple color, and it's really perfect.  My husband can be rocking our daughter to sleep across the room, the light is so soft and calming, but I can still be sitting in the chair reading with full light.

I highly recommend it!

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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2004 10:39:01 AM »

sciurism  that is a grat idea!

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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2004 10:52:55 AM »

You mean for one of the fixtures that is close to the ceiling?

Yeah, i'm talking about the 2-lightbulb ceiling fixtures that are pretty standard for bedrooms (when you don't have a ceiling fan or anything).  I'm basically hanging the parasol upside-down from that fixture.

I really wish my camera wasn't broken, so I could post pictures!

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« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2004 12:33:12 PM »

i've seen this done with a cheapo plastic umbrella in a light color with some white xmas lights piled inside it, hanging from the ceiling. very cool and you have something to do with your extra xmas lights!
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2004 04:43:09 AM »

This works!  I've had one in my dining room for about two years now.  I sawed off the handle, drilled a hole through the stub that was left and used some wire to attach it to the fixture.  I use those compact flourescent bulbs which stay very cool and I haven't burnt my house down yet. 
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