We're taking a leap back in time today to the first project I worked on when we moved into our house last year.
Yes, I should have been working on putting up curtains.
(we'll pretend there aren't still Ready Shades hanging in my son's room a year and a half after we moved in... hey, I want Plantation Shutters in there and they don't give those babies away, plus he likes to draw on the Ready Shades, I'm leaving them up so he can have hours of fun...)
Did you buy any of that?
He really does draw on them... (hangs head in shame)
But I digress...
The first project was a neat little lamp shade.
As this was another PBP (pre-blog project) I don't have step-by-step pics of how I made it.
But, this one's a no brainer even without any pics!
Supplies for this project are:
- A cheap, plain Target lamp shade (to go on my existing lamp base which I've repainted 3 times now, I'm finicky!)
- A fine-tip Sharpie
- Print-outs of whatever you want to put on the lamp.
- OPTIONAL - Tea or coffee to "tea stain" the lamp after it's done.
The longest part of this entire project was finding all the graphics and lettering to put on the lamp.
I found some at The Graphics Fairy, some by Googling "french script" or "french script graphic", and at least one of the images I got by going to Google Translate, typing in the words to a favorite song and having it translate into french.
I then copied the translation into Word and picked a pretty font to print it out with.
Once I had all my images printed out, I taped them one at a time to the inside of the shade.
Then I just turned the light on and traced everything on the outside of the shade with my Sharpie.
|When the light is off, which is most of the time, you can't see this line.|
As soon as I was done, I mixed up a little instant tea and water and brushed it onto the shade to make the white shade a bit more antiqued.
No worries about the ink running with the tea mixture.
Sharpies are PERMANENT!!
Simple and easy with some great results!
And don't you just love that little chandelier in the middle of all that script?
It's my favorite part!!
Itty Bitty Update: I've had several comments (thanks by the way :) mentioning all the time this must have taken to complete. Just wanted to let ya know that I did the tracing from start to finish in one afternoon. It really does go very quickly!
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