Aug 21, 2011

A lamp shade redo

I just redid my living room lamp...again. I believe I posted about it in August of 2009. Welp, I am fickle and have changed the colors of my living room up in the last couple of years and the red no longer matches but just bugs me as the glaring red thing in the corner.I stared at it one too many times and so yesterday, I made a snap decision, walked across the room and just started ripping the old stuff off. Hunter was pretty disturbed that I was just ripping something up on a whim. He should know by now what an impulsive mom he has when I get in a certain mood. I didn't have an exact plan, I just knew that I couldn't stand it a second longer. I then was forced to make a creative decision and pulled out some khaki fabric and went to work. I just laid the lamp down and traced around the side and cut out four.
I am on this bird decorating kick lately, so the thing had to have birds on it. So I free hand drew a little bird template.

I am using Heat and Bond fusing and then cutting out bird shapes with leaves and twigs. The nice thing about this sewing. It only takes scissors and a hot iron. And if I get tired of it later (because I will), it just peels off and I can put on something different.
Then I have a confession to make. I didn't have fabric glue. So I'm doing what I have done many times before when gluing thick darker fabric...resort to wood glue. It actually holds and works great. And because I am an overachiever, I slabbed it on with some sort of putty knife.Yeah, you were afraid it wasn't going to lay flat, right? Actually, wood glue works great for smoothing out bubbles. I used hot glue for the twine and lace which hide the seams.So now I don't have the big red THING in the corner. This is much softer and more "me" (at least for now).

So here it is all done. It's a much better match and it makes me happy so that's all that truly matters in a home, right?
Now tomorrow I might just have the itch to rip something else up. We'll see. One never knows around here....

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  1. The lamp looks fantastic! I love the khaki.

  2. Hi Jenny. I just found your blog today and love it! I added you to my blogroll ( so I can keep up with what you are doing. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas and the flower tutorials....that is how I found you :)

  3. Really appreciate you linking up this fantastic post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope you'll continually share your creativity with us at the weekly party :)

  4. this is so cool... it's on my to-do list. ;-)