February 8, 2012

Lamp Before & After....Long After

Posted by Laura

In the words of Steve Carell..."I love lamp".

My brother-in-law took me to a goldmine of a place (i.e. the pre-tagsale room at his Mason lodge). It was there that I found this lamp. Some might see it as ugly...I see it as opportunistic. Cha-ching!

I kinda dig the 70s motif of this lampshade.

I scooped it up and took it home. First, my husband spray painted the base with a flat, white spray-paint.

Next, I soaked the lampshade in a solution of warm water and washing soda.

I love this stuff

Wash wash wash...

Oh wait! The lamp shade is made of paper!!

Not redeemable.

At this point, I decided to ditch the "cheap & easy" and peruse online sources for a real lampshade. I checked out Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Joss & Main, Crate & Barrel, and had no luck. Finally, I resorted to the cheap & easy with good 'ol Ocean State Job Lots and spent a whopping $2 on this bad boy:


I wasn't crazy about it, so I covered it in white burlap. First, I made a guide out of old card-stock.

Then, I carefully hot-glued the burlap to the shade in one inch increments (I took this pointer from YHL).

And that did it! I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Here's a quick recap.

Ah yes, a perfect place to curl up with my Kindle.

You live and you learn, right? No soaking paper lampshades in water!  :)

Before you go. Did I mention that I made this lampshade, just in time to post during our Disney trip? Well instead of it going up during Disney vaca, our Mass Appeal segment aired - thus bumping this post to now. That means that I have time to post some highlights of our Disney trip that Caleb and I took.

The air was perfectly warm (mid 80s to be exact) and the crowds were small. January is the best time to go to Disney World. If you've never been, go. Go now. It's magical.

Day 1. Pale and skeptical about the warm air.

Mickey Ice Cream

The Epcot ball is so perdy at night

Haunted mansion

Ye walk the plank!

A backlot tour of Disney's greenhouses. Did you
know they grow a lot of their own food!? They
use hydroponics and aquaponics (which
are horticultural things that are described so
eloquently by Kristin here).

The plants are up high and the leaves from the stems
 are trimmed so that the energy can go directly to the
part of the plant that is "bearing fruit".

Caleb didn't know goofy was in on this shot

Look out Ren!

"I'm siiiiiingin' in the rain"

Hogwarts. Ah-mazing

Butter Bear at Hogsmeade

Epcot lake. Great place to eat dinner each night.

There's no place like home, but I will say that it was hard coming back to this cold and snowless winter in Massachusetts. If it's gonna be cold, we should at least be able to play in some snow!

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