I didn’t mean to take a weeklong blogging break, but what with catching up from Spring Break, a few unexpected deadline work projects, putting the final touches on my office and craft room makeover and just taking time to enjoy the gorgeous spring weather (finally!), that’s what happened.
I missed you (and I hope you missed me just a little bit, too). One benefit of the blogging break was I had time to plan and work on projects. So, I have a month of great projects to share with you — many of them things I painted, crafted and repurposed for my new & improved creative space.
Starting with this easy lamp makeover.
You may remember my inspiration fabric for the office: Braemore Emperor’s Garden Blossom.
I used it for the window treatment (can’t wait to show you that!) and I’d been searching for a task lamp for my desk that would coordinate.
Major strike out, until I happened to find this combo at Target:
While the original Room Essentials lamp did not coordinate with my fabric or color scheme, it was just the size and profile I needed, especially when paired with the Xhilaration Scallop lamp shade. And at $3.88 on clearance, I couldn’t pass it up. (The shade was $12.99.)
I brought both home and set about jazzing them up.
To transform the lamp, all I needed was a little paint. I used DecoArt Americana® Multi-Surface Satin Paint in Flamingo. I used FrogTape to mask off cord and the part of the lamp I didn’t want to cover with paint. Then, I used a makeup sponge to apply several coats of the pink paint over the turquoise.
Though I loved the scallop shade, I wanted to tie the lamp into my fabric more. So, I hot glued some leftover cording from the window cornice along the base of the shade. Now, my lamp is sporting all the shades of pink found in the inspiration fabric.
I popped on a fun tassel, and suddenly my $4 lamp looks all designer.
Total cost for this lamp $16.87:
- Lamp: $3.88
- Lampshade: $12.99
- Tassel: Free from my friend Suzy’s yard sale
- Cording: Free (leftover from my window treatment)
- Paint: Free as part of DecoArt’s Core Blogger Program
Now, that’s what I call a good deal.
I can’t wait to show you the rest of my craft room and home office. And I will on Thursday, April 10.
I’m joining more than 30 other bloggers for the Amazing Craft Rooms and Spaces Tour. Pretty, functional and super-organized, you’ll find all kinds of creative space inspiration in this tour.