Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You Light Up My Life.....

I've been looking for lampshades to go with a pair of lamps I found this past weekend and getting frus-ter-a-ted. If I find the right size and shape, it's not the right color. Plus paying $60 or more for lampshades for lamps I paid $6 for is hard for me. What's that saying - you can't have your cake and eat it too? Maybe. This could turn into a diy project. 

On HGTV's website there is a great tutorial on covering a lamp shade with fabric. I think this may be a good option for me if I can't find what I'm looking for. 

Of course I can't stop looking, even after I find what I need. (I think there's a name for that.)

Southern Living
I think this coffee cup lamp is just as sweet as can be.

Tip Junkie
OMG - this photo lampshade is so neat!

Although there's no tutorial for making this lamp, I love the idea. It would be so cute in a boy's room. Snag an old toy like this at a garage sale and spray paint it all one color. It could be rusty or paint peeling and left as is too. Buy a cord with a socket like the one above and you're set to go. (To be on the safe side a lamp like this would be for a child that is old enough to understand that a lamp like this can't be played with.)

Tip Junkie
These diy outdoor lights are simple and inexpensive. I could see a whole bunch of these used for an outside party - ambient and festive!

The DIY showoff
How cool is this lamp? What a great use for old rulers that have a nice patina or good graphics on them!


  1. You're sharing cool stuff as usual Jil, thanks. Absolutely love the ruler idea. Have you thought of using wallpaper to recover the shades? New or vintage would look great x

  2. Thanks Kylie, no I haven't thought of using wallpaper, that's a good idea!

  3. Great post! I'm in love with the ruler shade too.

  4. I love the globe with the string of lights in side idea! I'm going to keep an eye out for the globes when I go thrift store shopping.

  5. Those are quite ingenious lighting ideas! It only goes to show that creativity can make a lot of things possible – and that includes lighting fixtures. :-)[Allison Shallenberger]