I have been eyeing a lamp at Pottery Barn for months. As soon as we found out we were having a girl, I knew I had to have it. The hubby didn't agree when he saw the price! The original one we found was $169.00
I just absolutely love all it's pink girly-ness (and yes that is a word, I made it one!!!)
When I went back to Pottery Barn to find it, I couldn't find that version anymore, but did find a slightly less expensive version at $99.00. Hubby still wouldn't go for it!
Wouldn't it just be perfect in a sweet little baby girl's nursery? Yep, I thought so too!
Why doesn't the hubby see it my way! Ugh!!!
Oh well, in comes Goodwill! Hubby likes their prices much better. Now just to find the perfect lamp...
Lamp shade: $2.99, lamp base: $3.99. Half off Saturday makes the total: $3.50! Score!!!! The mechanical part was a little loose, but Hubby said he could fix it and if it didn't work could buy the replacement parts at Lowe's for just a few dollars. Luckily, he was able to tighten it down and it works!!!
It's a cute lamp to begin with, but I knew I could make it better. First, I had to remove the little rosettes. I don't know if they were professionally glued on or if someone tried to do a lamp makeover, but those suckers didn't want to come off. I finally gave in to leaving the glue behind. I knew it wouldn't be seen.
Cover it with pink material. (I just used a light pink cotton lining material. I only needed it for the areas where the new rosettes wouldn't cover.) I also ran a piece of pink satin ribbon along the top and bottom to clean up those areas. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect the rosettes will cover it. I forgot to take a pic with the ribbon.
After I made, what felt like a million rosettes, I started gluing them on. How many you need will depend on your lamp shade and the size of the rosettes. Even though I cut all the fabric strips 1 1/2" by 30" they came out in different sizes. That's fine, it actually helped cover the lampshade better. No I didn't count the final amount of rosettes, but I can say I ended up using about 3 yards of fabric!!!
To glue them on, I just used my glue gun and glue sticks. I put a medium size glob of glue in the center of the rosette and then placed it where I wanted. Holding it down for a few minutes til it set. I didn't glue the outside edges of the rosettes, because I was going for a puffy look.
If you look closely in this pic, you can see the pink ribbon around the top of the lampshade.
I forgot to mention..I painted the base of the lamp with a white gloss paint before I started on the shade. It's much better than the yucky yellow color it was before.
Here she is in all her glory! I think I love it better than the original Pottery Barn version!
Since the cord was a ugly yellow see through thing, I covered it with a cord cover. One thought on making those...make sure you cut your fabric wide enough to go over the plug end! I thought I had it wide enough, but when I finished sewing all 70 inches, and turning it right side out...it wasn't long enough. Luckily, I was at the point where Hubby was working on the mechanical parts, so he just took the wire out of the lamp and let me put the cord cover on, then put the wire back in. Have I told you lately how much I LOVE the Hubby?
Now for a side by side comparison:
What do you think?
Okay, now for the cost breakdown:
Lamp and lampshade $3.50
Glue sticks: Free - already had
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