I had big plans for the shades of these two lamps. I executed and they looked awesome…only, that was all in my head. What actually happened is another story.
It all goes back to the curtains I whipped up for the girl’s room.
After shortening the ones I made for the window, I had a foot of so of extra fabric. My thought was to grab some pastel pink spray paint, paint the leftover fabric, and then reupholster the not-so-perfect lamp shades, thereby putting that pattern to good use elsewhere in the room. Out to my good ‘ole spray painting plywood I went: (Yes, the fabric was too close to the edge of the board and I knew in advance the ground would get tainted pink but lucky for me our lawn needed to be raked real bad so up with the leaves meant up with the spray paint.)
So, I painted, it dried, I came in, and… …not what I wanted. For who knows what reason (maybe one too many coats?) the ‘pink’ spray paint turned out ‘peach’ and too matchy-matchy with the curtains. It definitely didn’t look bad; I was just going for a difference in color. So I sadly put away the now peach fabric remnants for later use.
After a little brainstorming, I came up with another, very temporary idea until I can find some fabric I like to reupholster the shades. I drew on the shades with crayon. Yup, pink crayon. Putting my second grade skills into good use folks. Here’s what I used (mind you, it was what I had on hand, a.k.a. FREE): Little Seraphia was bound and determined not to miss the action during naptime and Mommy was bound and determined to spice up these shades and not deal with a crying baby hence, my audience. :)
Then, using the ever-so-handy tray of the bumbo seat for it’s nice curves, I traced a curved line from one pencil mark to the opposite side of the shade. (And added to my spectators as Cecilia decided she’d had enough sleep.)
Like I mentioned above, I’m still going to reupholster these shades because they’ve got a few little dents and scratches that a nice layer of fabric will hide but at least they have a little bit of flair while I hunt down some perfect (and cheap) fabric!
Anybody else drawn on lamp shades or other unconventional mediums lately? It feels quite adventurous and a little bit rebellious, don’t you think?
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P.S. I know I owe y’all an updated picture of the nursery and I promise I’ll getcha some…next week maybe? Stay tuned.
P.P.S. In the mood for a party? I am! Linking up with fellow DIYers over at Watch Out, Martha!