Years ago I bought white paper lampshades from Ikea with the intention of decorating them (yeah, that almost never happened). After I painted the bedroom, they were certainly the ugliest bits in it so they needed a makeover. I did not take photos along the way, but I can describe the easy process here:
I used wrapping paper to make a template by rolling the shade and marking its edges with a marker. It will make a big C shape. Then, I added about an inch or so to either side so I could fold it over the edge, and I cut the paper accordingly. Laying it on top of the fabric I had stashed, I could then cut the piece of cloth I needed. I used spray adhesive on the material and carefully rolled the lampshade over it. That was a little tricky and I wish I had left more than an inch for the overlap. I could not align the shade in exactly the same angle as before – and since the fabric was tacky with glue, I couldn’t easily reposition it. But, in the end, it worked great!
It is just meant to be something fun for now. Eventually (soon, actually), Boy and I will be moving into another room so we can rip out the floor of our current bedroom (similar to my kitchen woes). Can’t wait for that to begin….not. I’m not sure how I will redecorate the future bedroom, and that will include adding a closet and eventually a master bath. Lots of changes happening around here!
My family (mostly my aunt, but also my mom and grammas) made me a crazy quilt when I graduated highschool. It is one of my most treasured possessions. When I lived at my condo, it was displayed prominently above my couch in the living room. This house, however, does not have a lot of wall space. Almost every wall has a door or window or some such thing (its a very long and narrow house). Sadly, the quilt has sat on my quilt rack in the closet (away from the cats!) for years. But I finally painted our bedroom (it had been mostly patched drywall – very very ugly) and now I could display the quilt again.
I absolutely love it in the bedroom – every time I wake up, I look at all the patterns and colors until I am actually awake. It is made with fabrics from a lot of my family members (most notably, ties). A few of the blocks sport thoughtful bits, like a miniature version of my prom dress, an embroidered graduation hat with the year I graduated high school, a star, a spider web (I had a tarantula), and musical lady bugs (I played the violin).
Years later, my aunt got an embroidery machine and she made me a matching pillow. How sweet, to put two little kitties – with blue eyes – on it for us!
And what is it about cats and ladders?
Stapling fabric is so exciting! After recovering my office chair, my stool stuck out like a sore thumb. No better answer than to recover it, too! Same principles: remove the seat, fit the fabric, and staple away!