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Lampshade Makeover and Shakespeare January 27, 2012


It's winter, the option of doing outside activities is limited for me, so I'm turning inward as a lot of us do.  Decluttering, rearranging, and making things over.  It feels like the winter of my discontent, well, maybe not.  Sorry Shakespeare:

   "Now is the winter of our discontent
    Made glorious summer by this sun of York:
    And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
    In the deep bosom of the ocean buried."
                       From "Richard III"


This small lamp was too bright at bedside, so I darkened it a bit with the paper napkin and a lower watt bulb.
  
I decoupaged the napkin on to the outside of the lampshade.  The napkin was 3 layers thick, and I used the outermost layer with the most color.  So easy to change the look of a lamp with a napkin of your choice.   But, it's missing a little something... any ideas to add trim?


I wanted to add that it's time for you to go to the aceo challenge blog have a look at the January entries and vote.  My aceo is one of the aceos you'll see there.  Thanks for checking it out.

19 comments :

laurie said...

beautiful lamp and I'll go vote right now!

Magic Love Crow said...

Gloria, I love the lamp! I am thinking about the trim. Little beads hanging down? Little tassels? I am not sure? I'm not being to much help, am I? LOL! I do think little beads hanging down would be pretty, to reflect the light ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Awesome lamp, Gloria. I'm always making the shade over for the lamp on my desk. Most recently I used fabric with a velvet piece of trim at the top and bottom. Then spaced around I added hanging wild animals that I repurposed from a necklace I had. Maybe some silk roses strategically placed? Or ribbon roses around the bottom?

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Sounds like a simple way to upgrade a lamp shade! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Kiss & Tell party over at my place :)

By the way, you have word verification on. If you're interested, I have a post that tells how to turn it off and receive more comments. http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2011/12/bloggy-tips-101.html

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New End Studio said...

Debbie, your lamp sounds pretty and the animals well, show us a photo!

Thanks everyone, Stacy I was wondering about that bead trim, too- great minds, ha ha.

Thanks Laurie!

Christina, you know I turned that verification off a few months ago, thanks for telling me it was on. I wonder if that has any connection to all the commenting, linking, etc. problems going around? Anyway, I turned it off AGAIN! Glad you let me know about it.

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Oh, I love the lamp! I never would have thought of using paper napkins! Happy Weekend!
Cindy

Lucy said...

I think the lamp looks great and wouldn't add anything but then I like more simple lampshades!

IrelandBrady said...

Hmmm, I wonder what would happen if you applied the same napkins to the lamp base and then decoupaged that? Might be an interesting outcome ...

IrelandBrady said...

PS ... I voted! Be great if you are one of the winners!

Miss Val's Creations said...

The lampshade looks fabulous! You could dangle some natural color wood beads around the trim. I will vote for your aceo. :)

Additionsstyle said...

What a great idea. Your lamp turned out so cute! I think a simple ribbon in a coordinating color would be perfect.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

New End Studio said...

Thank you Cindy, Lucy, Karen Anne, Val, and Valerie.

I used up the napkins, so doing the base would be with something else, but that's a good idea. I like less frou frou on the lamp, too- beads or a ribbon would finish it nicely.

Thanks for the votes, :D I hope more people will add their aceos next month, too.

thistlewoodfarm said...

I think the lamp turned out perfectly! I can't believe that is a napkin! Impressive! I wouldn't change anything.....I think it is perfect, just like it is!
blessings,
karianne

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, Gloria--this looks fabulous!!!! You are soooo talented!!!
XO
Cindy

Cindy Adkins said...

I just went and voted!!!!!

New End Studio said...

Thanks Karianne and thanks double Cindy!

Sunshineshelle said...

Just passing by & WHAT... I thought I'd left a comment here, ahh sometimes I swear I imagine writing a comment & move on LOL, we have pretty rs lampshades I think a makeover is a great idea, & a lot more satisfying than throwing out something that works perfectly well! Love the result :)

New End Studio said...

Thanks Shelle and that sounds like when my husband says that he told me something and I say you thought you did, but I never heard it, oh wait, that's a different story. ha ha You might want a glass of wine and to put your feet up- that sounds like a good idea to me.