You know what I love the most? You can wash the wall. Who ever heard of that?! I love it! No more scrapes I have to worry about or little sticky fingers (in the future of course! Although I did have a dream last night that I gave birth to a chicken cutlet. Literally. What. the. heck.) I love love love the contrast of the white with the taupe wall. My husband is awesome. I love him so much- I mean, really. Marriage and the deep, precious connection you can have with someone is truly a blessing. I go to bed so many nights (we do have off days, people!) thinking, "I can never get enough of this man". Trying to show him that is a different story, but I'm workin on it. One thing I love and respect in my husband is his mind. This man is smart! He did so much math that I forgot how to do since high school and it was no big dill to him. =) Gotta love this face!
|Yummy! Haha. No, but really.|
Anyways, did not realize this, but lamp shades cost cash money. I wanted one for our basement that had a print on it, but I couldn't find one for less than $25. Even then, it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted a drum lamp shade (which tend to be more expensive for some reason) with a bold graphic print, taupe and white, with navy blue- oh, and did I mention cheap? Tall order, sis. Welp, guess I'll make it!
I bought this shade at Target on clearance for $10 (it was originally $19.99!). I changed one of my prescription medications, and I had a coupon for a $10 gift card with a new/transferred script (which is free with insurance. BAM). SO, free lamp shade. I borrowed the paint/tiny paint brush from a gal pal, had the adhesive, and paid $1.44 for the bias tape. SO, this is a $1.44 makeover!
Here is the before and after:
"My goodness, woman! How did you do that?" sayeth my charming husband. Here's how!
At first, I thought I would do freezer paper stencils. Hello- these things are genius. So, I found my design, cut it out, traced it, cut it out again 5000 times with freezer paper, and ironed 2 stencils on.
Then, disaster. Warped lamp shade!
|Fail. Yes, it does happen to me, a lot actually!|
|I used just regular old craft paint in Greige. Yum.|
I actually really liked it without the trim, but I wasn't so careful around the edges of the lamp because I knew I was going to cover it. When I do this again, I will tape off the edges! I used this magical product (which I already had and paid nothing for because Joann's was having a BOGO sale on the ironing notions wall. Holla!) to stick the bias tape on the edges.
|It's press on! Does not even require an iron. Love.|
I thought about making my own strip of fabric instead of purchasing bias tape, but I knew it would not be perfectly straight and well- do you know me? That's not okay! It was only $1.44. I didn't have any navy fabric anyway!
|See that little flower holder? Gorg, ceramic, and $1 at Salvation Army.|