I had a little 'situation'. I changed the lamp in my bathroom. The old one was a small lamp, and it used the same kind of bulb as a night light. It was just enough light that when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, you don't HAVE to turn the big light on. Perfect - except the lamp base was a couple of snowmen with BLUE accents and the shade was a faded light baby blue. And my bathroom? It is NOT blue - well - it isn't blue - but we still have the early 70's blue toilet and tub. I TOLD you we're in the middle of redoing our house!! Anywho - - I got a wild hair (actually, I have several - - going GRAY early is very predominant in my family - - and do you know how crazy those hairs are??? WILD AND CRAZY, hmmm maybe THAT'S why Steve Martin had gray hair at a young age too....) I really didn't need to post all that, did I? LOL.. OK OK back to my lamp story....
So I put a NEW lamp in my bathroom a couple of weeks ago, and now I have to keep my bathroom doors shut at night or I don't sleep so well. The lamp takes an appliance bulb. And the smallest wattage is 40w. And it doesn't help that the ONLY lamp shade I could find that was a good size for the lamp was WHITE. Now, I need sunglasses to put on when I get up in the middle of the night. LOL
I decided to try to darken the shade a bit. (I didn't take during photos because I just wasn't sure how this wild hair was going to turn out - now I wish I did)
First of all, I covered the shade with some 'Script-y' scrapbook paper. Since I only had 12" x 12" pieces, I had to piece it. Next time, I'll be more careful of how wide my seams are, but for now, I'm ok with this. I learned something. Learning is good!! I Mod-Podged the paper to the lamp and put a coat of Mod Podge over the paper. I painted the inside of the lamp shade dark brown (I need to put another coat on it, but was so excited, I didn't take the time last night. PLUS - - it was late when the hairs went wild!!). Next, I rubbed some of the paint on the outside, then wiped it off. It aged the paper perfectly. Now to 'finish' the edges....
So - I have this 'thing' for twine.... Given the choice of fancy fru-fru ruffly bows or plain twine? I'll take the twine every time!! I hot glued twine around the top, and looped it. I LOVE how that turned out!! Then I hotglued the twin around the bottom, and made a bow. I applied my 'W' that I cut out with my cricut (Lord Fontleroy Brown is the font - the same font I used for my other lamps - look here!).
I put the shade back on the lamp and turned it on! Love it!!
By the way - pretty sure that's ALL you get to see of my bathroom in it's BEFORE state... :-)
Have an awesome day!
Hugs ~~ Suz
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