Craft Projects

Painted Chevron Lampshade

Chevron Lampshade

I’ve been holding onto this oddly shaped lampshade for a few years now and I finally got around to sprucing it up. I wanted to bring some color to the shade, so I got out two different types of paint and set to work.

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First, I painted the entire shade cloud blue, from Martha Stewart Craft paints. I let the shade dry before adding two, thick chevron stripes in Martha Stewart’sĀ gold metallic paint. I hand-painted the stripes because the painters’ tape wouldn’t stick to the shade — they turned out great, though!

I finished the shade by trimming the edges in gold paint as well.

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In about an hour, my shade went from boring white, to minty and gold. I put it onto a stainless steel lamp base and put it in our family room.

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I need to get a side table for this room because the itty bitty ottoman looks silly, but the lamp looks darn cute.

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Quick and Easy Crafts

Marble Lamp

Mason Jar Marble Lamp

Remember those marbles I talked about yesterday? The one catch to me making John a marble tray was that I not use all of the marbles in case he ever wanted to play with them again. My solution to this was to make him a lamp out of a mason jar to display his marbles in a way that he could still get access to them if he wanted to.

This was really simple — Amazon sells kits for turning mason jars into lamps. So, I popped the top off of the jar, filled it with marbles, screwed on the kit and a put a light bulb in the lamp. Easy as pie.

The tricky part? Finding a darn lampshade that didn’t look ridiculous on the lamp. I think I tried five of them. I tried a shade from le Target — way too big. I tried three different shades from Home Depot… way too small. The one in the photo used to be pink with flowers. Not too manly. Then I spray painted it ivory. That didn’t look so hot either. As a final attempt to use this shade, which was the best size and shape of any of the ones I tried, I painted it grayish blue and accented with silver paint.

Phew, this was way trickier of a project than I ever intended because of that darn shade.

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It was all worth it because he really liked the lamp. It looks great in their antique room, too.

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Have you ever turned something into a lamp? Next time I want to try it without using a pre-fab kit. What would you ill your mason jar with? I think shells would be neat, but our house isn’t too beachy. Still would be pretty though!