Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pretty in Pink…A Lamp Makeover



This past weekend I had my 20th high school reunion.  

Two of my besties from childhood and a few other very dedicated classmates worked extremely hard planning this amazing event.



I was only mildly nervous going back. I think Facebook made it easier. 

I get to “see” a lot of my classmates there on a regular basis, so it already feels like we have reunited.

But there were a few that I literally haven’t seen since we walked across that stage in our caps and gowns in 1994. 

We even had a special guest…our school mascot. And since it is going to be retired this year…he was super special!


Unlike how hard my friends worked on planning this celebration, I have a project for you that is super easy.


I had this lamp. It wasn't ugly, just ordinary...straight from the store shelf. So I decided to make a few miner adjustments to it.

You need:
  • Spray paint
  • A lamp shade
  • Pencil
  • Thin Sharpie
  • Stencils
  • A steady hand


What you do:
  • Spray paint the lamp
  • {I did four coats, even turned it upside down to get any spots I may have missed}.
  • Swoon over the color and how amazing it looks.
  • Take stencils and trace them all over the lamp shade. There is no wrong way. Play around with them till you get what you like.
{Side note: The pencil did erase off the shade! This was a plus}.

  • When the shade has every shape or word you want, take the thin sharpie and trace all the lines. I wrote quotes from my favorite children's books inside the frames.
  • Finally, pop in a light bulb, set it up and let it take your breath away.




I did this with the soul intent of taking it to my classroom this year. It will give my classroom more of a homey feel. 

And quite frankly, looking it at... like looking at my classmates faces... just makes me happy.

I wonder if this lamp will last 20 years just like these friendships?










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20 comments:

  1. Cool, but you know your dad...Pink is not my color. LOL!

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    1. Thanks, Dad! I didn't think pink would be my color either, but the spray can just kind of jumped into my cart.

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  2. That lamp shade is too darn cute! Great project - popping over from the Twirl party.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cyndi! It was a lot of fun to design.

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  3. What a cool idea Trina! It's amazing what a little sharpie will do...Have an awesome week!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! Have a great week too!

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  4. This is such a clever and fun idea! I also enjoyed your writing especially the part about swooning over the colour! Amazing what you can do with a Sharpie! I think this lamp will last 20 years... or you could have fun creating newly designed lamp shades. Take Care, Thea

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    1. Thank you so much, Thea! That is a lovely compliment about my writing. Have a great day!

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  5. I love this idea. I was working on something similar but I really like the little sayings, etc. Nice. Linda crafts a la mode

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Would love to see your project!

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  6. Cute! Cool for dorm room too:) Pinned

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    1. Thanks, Michele! I would have totally loved this in my dorm room {way back when, but we won't go there...LOL}.

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  7. What a great idea! My son would go crazy with a marker and a lampshade, I might have to try it!
    Over The Apple Tree

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    1. Thanks! How much fun would it be to see what your son creates!?!

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  8. This is so cute. My son is almost 4 years old right now and says some of the cutest things. I keep thinking I want to remember them all and tell him about it one day. I may just put them on a lamp for his room :-)

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    1. Beka, that is a fabulous idea! I wrote down things my boys said in a calendar, but those are packed away. It would be so great to see those cute little sayings everyday!

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  9. Your lamp is adorable!! Love the pink and the lampshade is so cool!! You have given me all sorts of ideas for the grandkids with your project! Thanks for posting!!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! Hope you can drop by again!

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  10. Hi...just stopped over from House on the Way....your school mascot looks like my high school mascot (Cubberly Sr.. High), but I graduated in 1972, could it be? Love the lamp shade project and will be searching more of your tutorials:)

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    1. Thank you! We loved that mascot so much then and it was so great to have it at our party!

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