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I can't wait to show y'all how they came together to make a really fun project! I get so excited about making things these days! It seems that I've been getting inspiration from every magazine I read, blog I follow, and crafty thought that pops in my head. This project happens to be something I just dreamed up one day. This sad old lamp had definitely seen better days and I decided to spruce it up a little.

So, without further ado, here's an informal tutorial on bringing a worn lamp back into the spotlight! :)

I made a template of the circular lamp tray and then folded it in half repeatedly until I had 8 equal (well, sort of) triangles. Then, I traced them on the back of my scrapbook paper.

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I taped the pieces together on the back to keep them together while I continued working. Oh, and just to add some color, I printed out some letters on my computer to make our monogram. Because you can never have enough monogrammed stuff, right?

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After I decoupaged (love that Mod Podge!) the monogram onto the circle, it was time for the embellishment. The seams of the paper looked a little plain to me, so I decoupaged some thin chocolate brown ribbon directly on top of them.

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Whew! That was tricky!

Next, the whole thing got a coat of Mod Podge to give it uniformity of color. Once that was dry, I very carefully cut one of the seams and slid it around the lamp post on the under-side of the tray. After cleaning the glass & applying a layer of M.P., of course. An old gift card served as my bubble-getter-outer and the seams got one more coat of M.P. for reinforcement. Which brings us to this...

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A fresh new lamp tray! But wait! I'm not done yet. We still have to paint the lamp a more appealing color! I'm sure you all know how to tape off so I won't bore you with those pics. But, after a light sanding and a few coats of gray primer, this little beauty got several coats of Rustoleum's Dark Bronze spray paint. I wasn't crazy about the color at first. It was not the color I had envisioned at all--too dark and not enough brown in it. After a few days and the right lamp shade though, it's grown on me. There actually is some sparkle to it...if you squint & get real close. Ha! Wanna see?

In all it's glory...

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Now for the close-ups, Mr. Deville...

The shade~~such a great faux suede!

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And the tray...

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Can you see the color a little better?

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No? How about now?

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Yeah, I think I can live with this! Goodbye, ugly gold lamp, hello lovely bronze lamp! I love how the shade comes to life when the lamp is lit. It's so warm and cozy feelin'! Hope this leaves y'all with a warm fuzzy!

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Now, go create something! Even if it's just a paper chain! You'll have fun, I promise!

Be sure to check back soon, I have a few other pretties in the works! Bye now!

Comments

  1. This is the cutest thing ever!!! You are SO talented! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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  2. Oh my goodness you crafty girl! YOu did an awesome job on this lamp redo! I love it!

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  3. Love this! You did a GREAT job. I, too, am really inspired by all the great blogs I'm reading. It is fun!

    I'm really impressed!

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  4. oooooh Ashie! I love it! Look at you Mrs. Crafty! Of course you can never have too many monogrammed things in your house!!:)

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  5. Sis! That is wonderful! I absolutely love it. I'm sitting here wishing I had an ugly old lamp to play with!! Love ya!

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  6. THAT is AWESOME!!! What a fabulous job...LOVE it!!!

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  7. yep...you really are getting to be quite crafty!

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  8. That is awesome!!!! I want to go garage selling now to find one and make one for myself!

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