Sunday, May 24, 2009

Todays Thrifty Treasures - Lamp Makeover






It's that time again! Time to show your thriftstore/yardsale treasures. Be sure to visit Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for more Today's Thrifty Treasures.




I got this little lamp at Goodwill last week and a few other things. Which was really great because I had been wanting a small night light type lamp to put in my kitchen since we usual leave the undercabinet lights on at night. But it didn't work for me as is so I decided to try my hand at re-doing the shade - something I've never done before and surprisingly it wasn't hard!

Can you believe I only had this little scrap of black and white toile in my fabric stash! With all the toile in my house! I guess I've used it all! But I had just enough to do this little lampshade. I actually used a tutorial from Rhoda that she did in 2007 that I had printed out for future reference! See Rhoda, I finally tried it - took me a while!



Here's the after. I painted the base black and added some white pom pom fringe. The plate is also a happy Goodwill find.



I don't know why I was intimated at the thought of recovering a shade? It really wasn't that hard at all. Oh the possibilities.....!




I also found this fabulous frame below. I bought it not only for the frame but for the canvas.



My daughter has been painting a lot and the frame with this canvas was less than buying a new canvas. She just paints over the existing paintings - professional artists do it all the time!



Try something new this week! Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't but the fun is in the trying and learning a new skill. Thanks so much for stopping by today!



39 comments:

Deana said...

Those are some great finds!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

YAY! I'm so glad you tried the shade, see it was easy. And it's adorable. I love the change & your other finds too. I'll add you link onto Mr. Linky. He seems to be working now.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

Oh, I'm so glad to read that you can makeover a lampshade -- yours turned out great! I just got a little lamp this week at a yardsale that I'd like to makeover. Do you happen to have the link to the tutorial post? I'd love to give it a try.

Linda said...

Good job on the lamp! And that's a wonderful frame! Linda

Allison said...

I love it!!! I just got one that looks almost identical at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section. Got to find a shade for that one as well.

glorv1 said...

I think it came out great Manuela.You are always doing fun stuff. Hope your weekend is going great. On the grapes: husband says, plant the grapes, then add some poles one on each side lengthwise and make a mini clothes line with a T and with wire straight across. The vines grow on it. He just fertilizes once every once a month.

Take care and have a great week ahead.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

The lamp is wonderful! But, I want that gingham plate. LOL.

Vanilla Lavender said...

It looks great!! Good job recovering the lamp shade!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

WOW!!! What a great job on the lampshade! BIG improvement.
And what a great idea to re-use canvas...I've never thought about that before.

Angie said...

I love redoing shades too! Now you are probably go crazy and change every one you buy. It is so great because it doesn't take much fabric. Love your whole kitchen vignette!

Jen r. said...

Love it Manuela! You should put it in my party tomorrow! Jen

The Tattered Cottage said...

Love the new shade!! I also love the red checked plate w/rooster on it. Too cute!!

Sheryl said...

Love the new shade!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

I've covered a few lampshades too and it's such a fun and easy project.

Yours turned out beautifully and I really love that toile fabric choice. Looks great.

Mary said...

Hi Manuela - just catching up, missed everyone while away in England enjoying what had to be the most beautiful Spring ever!

Can see you are staying busy and making the most of each day - hope all is well with you and your family.

Hugs - Mary.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Good job! Your whole setting looks wonderful!

Storybook Woods said...

Looks perfect. Love the pom-pom trim. Clarice

Stacey said...

You're so good! I love the lamp and the shade but...that little rooster plate that you found recently I LOVE! :)

june@craftyniche said...

Your lampshade looks fabulous! That lamp would look good in my kitchen matching my "new" chairs, lol! Your daughter is very talented and I know you are a proud mom. :) I love your bead board backsplash! One of my kitchen projects (way in the future!) is to bead board the backsplash and chair rail. Your Le Fleur project came out so cute! Thanks for the info on money saving tips too!

~~Carol~~ said...

Love the lamp! I have the bowls that match your rooster plate! found them at the thrift store. Great finds!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

love the lampshade makeover it looks great!

Christina said...

Oh wow! What a difference the toile shade makes. Love the black on the base too. Perfect.

I'm with you on the old canvases. I have two old ones right now that I have an idea for. Just getting it done is the problem.

Jessica Morris said...

Fabulous job on the lamp!! I am impressed :) It looks so cute, and I bet it cheers you right up to walk into your kitchen and see it lit up!

We repaint canvases too!! It's a great, cheap alternative!!

Lady Katherine said...

I love the lampshade makeover! It looks great! I went to Hobby Lobby this weekend, I checked out the price of the black toile fabric. I said what!!! Too high! I was thinking of having it in my bedroom! I got the thread, ready to make my blue toile fabric into things! Those 20 + yards have been here for at least 5 or 6 years! I bought it on sale. Hope you find some black toile on sale for your stash! Love your daughter reused the canvas. I have a picture in my scanner waiting to email to you. Hubby got to get in the back on the floor to unhook my camera, to scanner. I would never get up! I found the French plates and fell in love, the the black transfer! I kept telling myself, you have enough dishes, just buy the salad plate and make a different table setting! After getting home, I had some extra money come in, If I could have gone back I bought the dinner plate. I stayed in bed a week from that outing! lol

Vee said...

So darling! I've been on the lookout for a lamp small enough to go on my kitchen counter. It's not easy! Great job with the lampshade, too!

KarenB said...

Your little lamp turned out so great! I love your plate too. It's also such a smart idea to recycle the canvas and frame. Very nice job!

Jackie said...

Wonderful job on the lamp! And, great idea about the canvas. My nephew is just starting to paint and this is an excellent idea!
I love your blog--you are so talented.

Shilo said...

What a pretty lamp! I love it!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That shade turned out so cute. Love the ball fringe you added. And that plate with the little rooster is great too! Your kitchen corner looks so pretty. laurie

Terri and Bob said...

Love the lamp! I love that you kept the directions that long!

Kalianne@theBowerbird'sNest said...

Hi Manuela!

I love what you've done with the lampshade. It doesn't look too difficult! Maybe I could try this!!

Blessings,
~Kalianne

Richella said...

This is wonderful. Thank you so much for posting this. I have a lampshade I need to recover, so I'm going to look for Rhoda's instructions. You've given me courage!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did a great job - I reallyu like the toile.
Glenda

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Manuela, I love the lamp shade and the rooster plate. Your displays are always charming!

Barb

Sue said...

Hi Maneula...you did a really greta job with the shade...the lamp is adorable...I like the plate too..

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love your lamp makeover! It turned out so beautifully! :) I also love the cute little plate you found at Goodwill...I just love your kitchen! I love your cabinets, the beadboard underneath them, and how you decorated! So lovely! :)

I hope you are having a great week so far!

Carla said...

Love the "new" little lamp. It turned out great.

Betty said...

Hi Manuela,

The lamp is beautiful and one cannot have too much toile...one of my favorite fabrics...

Blessings...Betty

the undomesticated wife said...

You want to know something really funny? I had bought a little lamp almost just like that for $2 at a garage sale a month or so ago. It had a black and white toile shade (which is cute, but not my decor) and I changed it to a red shade. HA!!! :)