Brave New Home

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DIY Wallpapered Lamp Shades

DIY lamp shadeWell, I found my first use for the gorgeous wallpaper samples I received from Farrow and Ball!  Enter plain jane yet totally functional (and affordable!) Arstid.lamp shades beforeI just couldn’t bring myself to pay almost $200 for the plug-in swing arm wall lamps I had been eying.  Ikea to the rescue!  There are some things that Ikea can just not be beat on (come on, $30 for a pair of wall lights, light bulb included!?) and their lighting selection is one of them.  I lived with the lights for a bit just to get a feel if they fit our needs (and they did!)free farrow and ballinspiration and color guide and wallpaper samples with arrowI picked out the lattice wallpaper from my samples.  Per Farrow and Ball, lattice is brassy and elegant, brave and modestly chic.  Sounds like the perfect choice!ikea lamp shadeA close up up this ho hum lampshade.  I care for white lamp shades very much it’s just that this accordion cover had me wincing. stripped lamp shade  First, I got to deconstructing the lamp shade.lamp shade templateThen I made a template of the lamp shade using some advertisements (no way I’m making a mistake on such beautiful paper!).taping wallpaper to lamp shadeAfter cutting out the shape, I simply used double sided tape to adhere the wallpaper to my lampshade.  I think I’ll probably recover these with cloth somewhere down the line so I wanted a less permanent decorating solution for the time being.painting lamp shade ribbonI saved the original ribbon from the lampshades and painted them grey.  They too got attached to the lampshades a la double sided tape.close up lamp shade redoI used white duct tape to hide the chord.  So many things to love about having white walls!pair of recovered wall lampsAnd lastly, I repositioned the lamps above our bed.  After snapping a few photos, I realized they looked better balanced above our bed compared to the side.

Linked to Alderberry Hill, City Farmhouse, The Gunny Sack, It’s Overflowing, Ginger Snap Crafts, The Shabby Creek Cottage, House of Hepworths.

Do you think the new position over the bed works better?  Have you used any interesting materials to cover a lamp shade?

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TV Tray Makeover

living_room_main_couchI have a collapsible TV tray that I picked up from Ikea that functioned as a night stand through my college years.  I like the design and it’s the perfect height for the couch.  But as an unfinished wood, years of use took it’s tray sandingI gave the table a good sanding to get out the stains and watermarks.  Those sandpaper sponges are money!  I totally don’t know if I’m misusing it (I just happened across it looking for sandpaper) but it was a lot easier to work with than typical tray spray painting prepAfter giving the table a clear stain, I wrapped the surface with newspaper in preparation for spray tray spray paintingI was really excited to try oil rubbed bronze (ORB) spray paint.  I’m not sure if these legs were extra thirsty or what but the paint job took about half a can of spray paint and about four coats.  And jeez, if regular spray paint recommends using in an open environment, this stuff needs to be used with a gas mask!tv tray wax sealing pasteTrying to really finish furniture painting for my first time ever, I sealed the top with some paste finishing wax.  Despite two coats of clear seal and finishing wax, I still feel like the table top is somewhat porous; moisture doesn’t seem to repel tray finished close upAnd here’s the final tray finishedTo me, the ORB spray paint really didn’t resemble a metallic surface too much.  Perhaps it was the fact that I was working with wood but the results didn’t quite come out as I tray spray painted messAnd I owe the balcony a good scrub down.  It won’t be the first time!  It’s hard working at night and in the dark.

Linked to Sugar Bee Crafts, Home Storiez A to Z, Hope Studios, The Blackberry Vine, Crafty Confessions, Uncommon Designs, Elizabeth & Co., New Nostalgia, Carolyn’s Homework, Clean and Scentsible, The Gunny Sack, Beyond the Picket Fence, DIY By Design, A Little Knick Knack, Somewhat Simple, Delightful Order, The Shabby Creek Cottage.

You furniture painting pros, any tips to really seal furniture?  Any fun Ikea hacks in the works?