Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How To Makeover a Lampshade

A few weekends ago Hubby and I got to sneak away and enjoy some kid free time = BLISS.  The man still makes my heart melt, oh that is not what we are here to talk about, sorry.  While out Junkin'  I found the perfect lampshade and by perfect I mean a beautiful shape but a little beat up and dirt cheap.  It was perfect for me though because I have been looking for the perfect shade to do a little DIY magic on.  You see I have had a vision of a modern glam floating around in my head for months but I could not find a shade to try it on, either they were new and $$$$ or crazy shapes  but this one was perfect.  To get start I grabbed a can of gold metallic spray paint and headed for the front yard because that is where all classy people do their spray painting.
I spray painted the inside of the shade and I was sooooooo happy with what I saw I went inside and grab another shade to do the same thing to.
The second shade took a few extra coats of paint due to the design on the inside.
Once the paint dried I brought them inside and the next part of the fun began!!!! 
I covered the outside of the shades with a cream silk fabric, it was very easy just spray a little adhesive to the shade and turn.

Spray, turn, spray, turn you get the idea.
Once to entire shade was covered I took a razor knife and trimmed the edges of the fabric (not my finger-thank goodness).
Folded the edge under and glued it down.

For the top and bottom edge I use bias tape to add a pop of color and interest.
I simply glued it on using the fold as my guide.
I did the other shade the same way.
I am having a hard time showing you much of this lamp without revealing another project that is still in the works.

But here is the first lamp in all of its modern glam.
Lamp 1
Is she not beautiful?  I love her!
qqq4 lamp
The gold peeking out is just perfection
qqq5 lamp
and the glow, well the glow is just the best thing.
I am so happy that I have awesome lamps to keep my newly made over sofa company.

Cha Cha

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Good Morning,
Hope you are all staying warm.
I just wanted to stop in and let you all know that I have started a photo blog, I do NOT expect everyone to want to run over and follow along but if you would like a peek into our behind the scenes life this would be a great place to get it.  Today I did post about the sweetest love note that Faith wrote to Hubby and I.  You can see it here 

Sit Relax and Read

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Reupholstering a Sofa


30+ years later a decorating dream of mine has finally come true.

See this sweet well loved (worn) sofa, it sat at my grandparents for years.  From the first time I saw it I have been in love with it.  My grandmother saved it for me and a few years ago we loaded it up and brought it to our house.  I quickly found the perfect fabric to cover it in and bought it.  Then the fear set in……fear of trying to recover it myself and not being able to and fear of paying someone huge amounts of money and not being happy with what they do.  So it sat and sat.  Until the week of Thanksgiving when I sweet talked my hubby into trying to recover it with me.

reupholstering a sofa


The first step was to move it to the basement, easy enough, ha.


reupholstering a sofa

Then we got busy doing what turned out to be the hardest part of the whole process-removing all the staples.

reupholstering a sofa

It took hours

reupholstering a sofa

and many blisters to get to this point.

reupholstering a sofa

From here things started getting easier (are you as shocked as we where?).  We just started laying the fabric out smooth and stapling around the edges.  Piece of Cake.

reupholstering a sofa

I cover the staples with fabric glue and gimp and there you have it.


reupholstering a sofa

A dream come true

sofa recovered

I wish I had tried it sooner and not lived in fear.

sofa recovered 3


Do you have any projects you are putting off because of fear?

Cha Cha




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