Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by! Recently, I did a little redecorating in our Sunday School class at church, and most of the decorating was completed on a shoestring budget! (Thank you to my wonderful hubby for helping me paint….ehem…..actually for doing most of the painting!!) Today, I’d like to share with you one of those projects….transforming an old, dilapidated lamp shade into a beautiful accessory!
A few weeks ago, I picked up a huge lamp with the shade for $5….It worked just fine and the bones were beautiful, but it needed some major lovin’! Here’s a before pic….(I’m sorry I don’t have the shade on the lamp! I totally forgot to take a complete pic before I refinished it!)
After spray-painting the lamp base (tutorial on how to spray paint a lamp found here), I recovered the shade with some fabric that I had laying around the house. This project is super-quick, and you probably already have all 3 supplies that are needed!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- hot glue gun and glue sticks (found at craft stores or Target/Walmart in the craft section)
1. Start out by laying your fabric face down on the floor. Place the shade on one end of the fabric, while leaving plenty of seam allowance (about 2 inches) on either side of your shade. And then roll your shade across the fabric to see how much you’ll need. (You can either trace the shade onto the fabric as you roll it, or you can just eyeball it….which is what I did.) Now, you can cut your fabric! BUT before you cut your fabric to size, PLEASE measure twice…no three times…before cutting! Not that I’ve ever cut my fabric too short….Ahem. 😉 Not fun to fix that problem!
2. After cutting your fabric, lay the shade about 2 inches away from the fabric’s edge. You are now ready to hot glue!
3. Place about a 6-inch line of hot glue along the inside edge of the shade (starting out on either the top or the bottom of the shade). Tightly fold your fabric over the shade and push down the fabric onto the hot glue, holding it in place for a few seconds. Keep doing this all the way around the shade while continuing to smooth out your fabric, on both the top and bottom. Also, if your shade is like mine, where the “spider-fitter” (or metal piece that connects your shade to the lamp) is at the top, carefully cut slits in the fabric, so that the fabric will fold over the shade correctly.
4. Once you’ve hot glued the fabric tightly AROUND the lamp shade, place a skinny strip of hot glue UP the outside part of the shade’s edge. (On a side note, you can either leave the edge raw….which is what I chose to do….or you can iron your seam to give it a finished look. But since my lamp was against a wall, I didn’t have to worry about the back edge.)
And there you have it! A beautiful shade that adds so much life! You can also take it a step further and add trim along the top and bottom edge for a more dramatic effect. What do you think of my lamp shade? Are you inspired to make a lifeless lamp look gorgeous again? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. It always makes my day to hear from my awesome readers! 😉
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Hello friends! For a few weeks, I’d been on the hunt for a pair of matching lamps for our master bedroom….Lamps that had pretty curves for the right price!
My goal was to get a steal of a deal…no more than $15 each….I realize that’s cheap, but I also knew that, with a little patience, I could find what I was looking for. So a few weeks ago, I found these beauties at a yard sale! The man was selling the lamps for $5 each. But since I wasn’t certain that the lamps worked, I offered $4 for the PAIR, and he said yes! Can you believe that?! I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that when I plugged them in at home, they’d actually turn on. Aaaaaand….they did! Score! Sometimes it doesn’t always work that way, but yay for times when it does!!
What you’ll need:
- Krylon Colormaster spray paint (I used the ivory color.)
- Rub’n Buff (at any craft store)
- pouncer sponge
- painter’s tape
- drop cloth
Let me make it clear that I’m in no way a professional, so I’m sure there are other ways to go about this project, but this is just what has worked for me. 🙂 I generally wing it….My philosophy is that it doesn’t matter how you go about a project, as long as the finished result meets your standards!
So first, you’ll want to move to a well-ventilated area and tape off the lamp wires – at least a little – so they don’t turn white! 🙂
Next, spray away! The lamps will dry fairly quickly to handle…maybe 5 minutes or so. Once they were dry, I brought them inside, placed them on some paper towels (in case there were any areas that weren’t quite dry yet).
The lamp color almost looks white, doesn’t it?! But it’s the perfect shade!
Third, squirt a tiny amount of the the rub’n buff onto a paper plate….A little goes a very long way! Dip your pouncer sponge into the gold paint and, using a steady hand, gently slide your pouncer along the bottom edge of the lamp.
So there you have it. A quick, 10-minute project that adds a wow factor!
To top it off, I found my lamp shades at Target on clearance for $13.97 each! Woohoo for more good deals! Plus, these shades ultimately helped me to reach my goal of spending around $15 each on the lamps!
What do you think of my garage-sale lamps? I’d say spending $4 on a little risk was totally worth it! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
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So the other day, I was perusing the jewelry aisle again in Walmart, and they have a new section of cute and (more) inexpensive statement necklaces! All of them are $4.97, and they come with earrings AND a necklace! Super cute!
You can buy one of these sets and then add another cute plain gold necklace to layer your accessories…Or just wear the necklace by itself!
And the necklace below is my fave!
So for all you sweet husbands, boyfriends or sons who are looking to find a little something stylish for that special woman in your life….These necklaces would make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers!
Hello friends, and thanks for stopping by! Welcome to part 2 of my fall home tour, the dining room edition! If you missed part 1 of the Fall home tour, you can catch that here.
I love those striped curtains! They’re actually 98″ khaki Ikea drapes that came as a pair for $24! I painted the stripes with leftover white paint, mixed with some medium. Because the paint bled through to the back, I picked up two white twin flat sheets at Goodwill and used my ever-trusty go-to sewing hack…stitch-witchery…to attach them as a curtain lining. They add so much fullness!
The 3 ironstone plates mounted on the wall were found at one of my fave thrift stores for 25 cents each!
Next, we come to our $120 Goodwill-purchased dining room set!! The table and chairs were hideous before a little tlc was applied. That’s a whole blog post on its own, so I promise I’ll follow through with that soon! (Here’s that follow-up I promised!)
Located on the table are more thrift store and antique store purchases. In fact, there are only a few items on our table that were bought new….the little birdies and faux-wood pillar candles (from Pottery Barn Outlet for pennies on the dollar) and the little yellow container from Target (on clearance)! Everything else…the brass candlesticks, the candles, the lace doily, the burlap runner, pinecones and antlers were all from second-hand stores or my backyard.
On my china hutch are some of my favorite little collections….milk glass from yard sales and thrift stores, framed silhouettes, vintage silver, old pitchers, and my anthropologie latte bowls on an antique scale.
To give the back of my china hutch a little color, I used glue dots to mount some cute wrapping paper with vintage stamping on it (from Homegoods) to the wall of the hutch. So fun and super-easy!
These gold-rimmed plates were 25 cents each at one of my favorite thrift stores! And the beautiful old wooden box is from my sweet mother-in-law. I love it!
The vintage silver is from my gracious momma. I love putting old flatware on display.
To the right of the china hutch is a little nook that holds various items at any given time….from a drink bar or dessert bar when guests are over to simply putting my lovely treasures on display.
I purchased this silver-plated tea set for $10 at a local antiques store and then spray-painted it for some pizzazz. 😉
Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed my fall home tour, part 2!
Have any questions or comments? Please comment in the comments section below. I love to hear from my readers! Also, I’d love for you to stop by and say hello on Pinterest,Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Have a wonderful day!
Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by! With most of my fave bloggers already posting about Christmas decorating, I figured it would be a good idea for me to go ahead and post about my fall decorating! Better late than never, right?!
Let’s get started with the diy fabric garland below…It was a simple diy from the leftover fabric of my sofa pillows. Super easy to make, the garland packs a big punch! I like to mainly focus on the family living area whenever I decorate for the season….Makes things much simpler. And all of us need simple! (I’m preaching to myself here.) 🙂
Here’s a little snapshot of the entry. This diy chalk art idea came from Pinterest, via Valerie McKeehan. Isn’t it so cute?!
Through the front door is our great room…where lots of snuggles and laughter fill the air!
Our coffee table is the Ikea Lack table, and it’s actually two tables held together by clasps. (Yes, clasps. My sweet hubby knew how to hide those unsightly clasps SOMEWHAT inconspicuously. But I’ll take it. Lol!) They’ll eventually be attached by brackets. 🙂
And that beautiful old wooden toolbox was another yard sale score.
And I’m in love with my birchwood logs below….which, by the way, I will not be burning. They were only purchased for their prettiness. 🙂 Oh, and the olive bucket was only $10 at Walmart. (Regular price…no joke!) Eventually, I’d love to “age” this galvanized bucket!
Below are pics of our mantle…
The black bar under the tv is our sound bar. If you don’t already have one, go get one on Black Friday. This little speaker packs some serious sound!
The diy banner was so fun and easy to make. The supplies were either items that I already had (i.e. the black sharpie and pompoms), or items that were clearance purchases from Michael’s (i.e. the fabric flowers and the pre-cut canvas banner).
The diy “B” is an imitation from the Pottery Barn moss initials. Again, super-easy to make! All I did was hot-glue moss in random places all over my wooden letter (bought at a yard sale). That’s it! To see the full tutorial, and to get more ideas on using moss, click this link!
Don’t you love this little wooden box that’s holding all my pumpkins and pinecones? I found it at a flea market!
Below is my vintage bar cart with old wooden boxes, a beautiful old floor lamp, a handmade doily, a vintage washboard that says, “busy bee” (because that’s what I like to be, hee hee), an old clipboard, and some fun decorating books….All of these items were yard sale purchases!
Our two leather-tufted chairs were a craigslist find, as well as the Ikea Ektorp sofas. And I know that the thought of white couches might cause some of you to gasp a little, but after two years of chocolate stains, dirt stains….and just life….I can honestly say they still look brand new!! And if there’s ever a stain that simply won’t come out, it’s comforting to know that I can easily replace my current machine-washable Ikea Ektorp slipcover with another one! It’s totally worth it!
Well, that’s it for part 1 of my fall home tour. Part 2 will be on the blog in the next few days, Lord willing. (Here’s Part 2 of the Fall home tour that I promised!)
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Hey y’all! I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Katie. Born and raised in Georgia and married to my wonderful college sweetheart from CA, Ryan. We have two precious kiddos, and they are special gifts from God!
My blog was born out of a desire to share a little about my passions: all things diy, treasures I’ve found at local thrift stores/yard sales, and high-end fashion on the cheap.
It all started a few years ago with the birth of Pinterest. Before Pinterest was created, I was totally content to slap some paint on my walls, keep my house clean and spend my free time at the gym, running on the treadmill every afternoon at 4:00. But all that has changed. And although I still hit the gym a couple of times a week, my passions have shifted.
About the time that Pinterest started, I was having terrible back pain. Thus, I was on the couch with a heating pad….a lot. This, in turn, began my love with all things beautiful on diy. Now, there is always some kind of project or craft going in my home at any given time!
I love to yard sale, browse through antique and thrift stores, and find the best deal I can get. I hate paying full price for anything! And I absolutely love to give new life to old things!
Join me as I transform my home…one project (or two) at a time & find treasures…one deal (or two or three..lol) at a time! You can follow along on the blog, instagram & twitter, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks for stopping by!
Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I just wanted to share a little secret that I discovered at Walmart recently. This retail chain is now selling beautiful statement necklaces, and they’re only $10….All of them! What?? You heard that right!
Look at these gorgeous pieces!
I mean really, don’t some of these necklaces look like they belong in a J. Crew catalog???
One more closeup…
And here are a few more from their website…
Now the tough decision will be on figuring out which one(s) to buy! And the great thing is you can dress it up or down! Here are a few styling ideas when it comes to wearing a statement necklace…
1. Wear it with just a simple tee, jeans, a belt, and some fun flats.
2. Pair your statement necklace with a fun buffalo-checked oxford (or any other fun plaid oxford).
3. Wear it with a skirt and tee.
4. Pair your necklace with a striped tee.
I hope you’re inspired to run to your local Walmart and check out these awesome necklaces!
(And no, this is not a sponsored post…I just wanted to let all of you in on my secret discovery!)
Thanks for stopping by!
Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE our Ikea Hemnes dressers as bedside tables on either side of our bed! And lately, I’ve been on a metallic gold spray paint kick, and the knobs on our dressers have been the latest victims. 🙂
Here’s a before picture…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Spray paint (I used the Krylon Colormaster Paint + Primer Metallic Gold.)
- Screw driver
- Old cardboard box, newspaper, drop cloth or something to protect your surface while you spray paint
Step One: Unscrew the knobs and place them on a protective surface.
Step Two: Spray paint the knobs all over, and watch how quickly your paint dries in about a minute or so!
Step Three: Screw the knobs back in place.
See? Easy peasy!
Here’s the after pic…
Doesn’t that look so much better! I love spray paint! It’s cheap, dries super quickly…and the technology with the built-in primer is fantastic!
[Update: After a year, the paint’s still going strong, as you’ll see in my post on our DIY, thrifted headboard transformed with chalkpaint!]
It’s amazing what a little paint will do! How have you used spray paint lately? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
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Hello friends! Do you love a classic pencil skirt as much as I do? Its stylish, slenderizing fit compliments any figure, you can either dress it up or down, and most importantly, it’s timeless! Listed below are various ways to wear this classic staple that absolutely has to be in your closet!
But first, let me tell you a little secret….My favorite place to purchase a well-made, classic pencil skirt is at the J. Crew Outlet. Their prices are often marked down to 75% off the original price! But shhh, don’t tell anyone. This is our secret. Here are a few tips that will help you look fab in your pencil skirt!
1. Pair complimentary colors together.
2. Pair printed or lace skirts with denim shirts.
3. Look for the least dominant color in your skirt, and bring out that color in your top.
via hello-gorgeous-blog.blogspot.com (One of my new fashion favorite blogs!)
4. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and/or graphic tees.
5. Belts add a slimming effect.
6. Stripes, plaids, and polka dots make a bold statement.
7. And when all else fails, a simple white top and denim jacket will always be a fun alternative to the classic oxford!