Chic Lampshade Re-do

This is a small Vintage lamp that needed something additional to make it more interesting, and it is very simple to do.

I currently have it in my “Paris Apartment” display, but it looks great with my Shabby Chic display as well. It would work in your “boudoir”, go well with a Chic style decor as a desk lamp, and would also work in a “powder room”, or a girls room.

This lamp looks white, but it is a very light pink swirled glass, and it sits on a marble pedestal .The wiring works fine, even though the plug is one of the vintage round ones. (It is available for purchase for $15.00 plus shipping.)

I had to find a small shade for it, as the one with it was not workable, but I finally found one at a local flea market.(It’s one of those that has a dual wire that fits on the bulb).

The shade I found was kind of discolored, so I got the idea to spray paint it white, and it worked perfectly. I just let it dry/cure for a week or so, and it didn’t give off any fumes of any kind when burning the bulb.(You may want to find a spray paint for fabric instead, but only the pleated part is fabric.Underneath the fabric is plastic). I have a low 40 watt bulb in it, and have never had any problems with the shade.

I had some pretty ribbon edging with crystal droplets in pastel iridescent pinks,etc.sewn into it that I had purchased before, just because I loved it, and knew I would find the perfect use for it down the road.

I measured the length that I needed, for the top rim, and the bottom rim, and simply used glue to attach it. I think it was Aleene’s Tacky glue, or either SOBO fabric glue, I can’t remember which, but either would work. I had a bit of trouble at first until I realized it would be much easier to glue small sections at the time, and used some small clamps(like the old hair roller type) to hold it until the section I had glued adhered.(You also need another clamp to hold the piece that is yet to be glued to keep it out of the way while you work,because the crystals have weight). 

It took some trial and error to do it, but I think it was just what it needed to “pretty it up”! (I have seen these in big retail stores, and they are NOT cheap!).

Chic Lampshade re-do

Chic Lampshade re-do

Don’t be afraid to use different style edgings to rehab lamp shades. The ones with feather edgings are good sellers as well, but you can also save yourself some money and do this yourself!The possibilites are only limited by your imagination! Lamps at fleas/goodwill, as long as the wiring is intact (unless you want to rewire it), are good candidates for re-doing.(It’s always a good idea to rewire very old lamps, just to be on the safe side).

 There are alot of paint techniques that you can apply to the BASES of older lamps that can update them to match your decor or style, and give them a whole new look! Just remember, if you don’t like your paint job/style, you can always paint over it and start again. When you get it how you want it,(make sure to cover any wiring/sockets), and then spray with an acrylic spray to protect your work. 

HAVE FUN!

MY WEBSITE: http://www.creekwatercraftsandcollectibles.com

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Ideas for Old Doors

 I DON’T HAVE THE “BEFORE” PICTURES FOR YOU, BUT I JUST REALIZED I NEVER DID PUT THIS PROJECT ON MY BLOG FOR YOU!

THE DOOR IN THIS PROJECT IS STILL IN GOOD SHAPE STRUCTURALLY, AND NONE OF THE WINDOWS WERE CRACKED. IT CAN ALSO BE USED “AS” A DOOR BY FITTING ON SOME NEW HINGES!

I GOT A TEMPLATE FROM A BOOK I HAVE, AND IF YOU WANT, YOU CAN DRAW A TEMPLATE FOR YOURSELVES VERY EASILY.

I LOVE THIS FLEUR DE LIS DESIGN WITH THE LATTICEWORK.

OLD DOOR WITH FLEUR DE LIS

OLD DOOR WITH FLEUR DE LIS

 

THE BOTTOM IS THERE, BUT THERE IS AN ANTIQUE CHEST OF DRAWERS IN FRONT OF IT, AS I USE IT IN MY RETAIL SHOP FOR A BACKDROP, OR DIVIDER, FOR DISPLAYS, BUT THE GLASS PANELS ARE THE INTERESTING PART ANYWAY.

THIS IS A CLOSE UP OF MY TEMPLATE.

FLEUR DE LIS TEMPLATE

FLEUR DE LIS TEMPLATE

YOU CAN ALWAYS SAND IT AND PAINT IT IF YOU CHOOSE, TO MATCH YOUR DECOR, BUT I KIND OF LIKE THE SHABBY CHIC STYLE WITH THE PAINT ALL PEELING OFF.

ALL YOU DO IS PLACE/TAPE THE TEMPLATE BEHIND THE GLASS, AND PAINT IT IN ON THE FRONT.

  YOU CAN PROBABLY USE ANY TYPE OF PAINT THAT YOU WANT, UNLESS IT IS GOING TO, SAY, BE OUTSIDE. THEN YOU WOULD WANT TO USE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HOLD UP TO THE ELEMENTS. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF PAINTS OUT THERE, SO YOU MAY WANT TO USE SOMETHING YOU CAN DIP A BRUSH IN TO THAT CAN BE USED ON GLASS, OR A PAINT THAT IS SPECIFICALLY FOR GLASS. 

THIS IS FOR SALE IN MY SHOP, BUT UNTIL SOMEONE PURCHASES IT, THERE IT WILL BE, RIGHT NOW SERVING AS A BACKDROP FOR SOME OF MY PARIS APARTMENT STYLE ACCESSORIES.I HAVE IT PRICED AT $125.00, so either a walk in can buy it, or someone online that REALLY wants to purchase it can pay BIG bucks for shipping it!!

I HAVE ALSO USED IT TO PROVIDE A VISUAL DIVIDE IN MY SHOP, THEREFORE PLACING IT SIDEWAYS BETWEEN DISPLAYS. IT LOOKS PRETTY NEAT IN THERE ANY WAY I USE IT,EVEN IN THE CORNERS. BEFORE THIS, I USED IT FOR MY SPRING DISPLAY, WHERE IT DOES ITS DUTY JUST AS WELL.

IN THIS PICTURE, YOU CAN SEE THAT I USED A TALL SHUTTER IN BETWEEN THIS DISPLAY, AND THE ONE BESIDE IT.

 

Shutter used as divider in shop. Door can also be used as a divider.

Shutter used as divider in shop. Door can also be used as a divider.

SO THERE IT IS…..ANOTHER GREAT IDEA FOR AN OLD DOOR AND VERY EASY TO DO AS WELL.

I HAVE SEEN MANY IDEAS FOR OLD DOORS, INCLUDING:

  1.  ADDING SHELVES TO THE DOOR 
  2.  JUST USING IT IN A RETAIL OR HOME DECOR SETTING ,SECURED TO A WALL THAT NEEDS FILLING WITH SOMETHING, WITH JUST A WREATH HANGING ON THE DOOR. (MINE WILL HAVE SOME KIND OF PAINTED WORD SIGN ON IT….WHEN I GET TO THAT PROJECT)!!
  3. USING IT AS A POTTING BENCH BY ATTACHING SHELVING TO IT ON THE BOTTOM FRONT, WITH AN AWNING ATTACHED TO THE TOP, WHICH LOOKED REALLY NICE!

 I TOOK SOME QUICKPICS JUST TO SHOW YOU JUST A FEW ITEMS WITH THE DISPLAY THAT ARE FOR SALE IN MY SHOPPE IN THE “PARIS APARTMENT” STYLE. 

THE EIFFEL TOWER
THE EIFFEL TOWER

COLLECTIBLE AVON BOTTLE-$6.00 

DEVERAUX DRESS FORM
DEVERAUX DRESS FORM

THIS DRESS FORM IS SO PRETTY, AND IT HOLDS ANY TYPE OF JEWELRY-$14.99 

A "PROPER" FRENCH LADY
A “PROPER” FRENCH LADY-THE TOP OF A PRETTY FRENCH TIN

FRENCH TIN – $5.25

(all of these items, as well as a sleek black Antique Magazine Rack,Glycerine Soaps and Bath salts in Jasmine,Vintage Orchid plates,Hobigant dressing table jar with Silver lid,8 oz. Magnolia Scented Soy candle,HEAVENLY Lavender sachets (my best seller),and more are for sale in my shop….just send me an email if you would like to purchase any of these items,because they aren’t on my website at this time, AND to check for availability of the items).My website does, however have other cottage style gifts and home decor items.(I currently have a Vintage Tiered Server with beautiful roses on mark down as this months special). 

HAVE FUN!!

MY WEBSITE: www.creekwatercraftsandcollectibles.com