Sunday, November 07, 2010

Girls Rooms - Matching Lamps

My two little darlings love to read their own books at bedtime so they each have a little kid friendly bedside lamp.  Isabells had a plain white shade on it while Lillian's was a very bright turqouise blue - of course this didn't match at all, so with a little bit of hot glue and their chosen Ikea fabrics we set about to make these match with the rest of the new decor:

Lillians Lamp:

1. Position your exisiting shade on the "wrong" side of your fabrice and roll it over the material and use a pin to keep in place while you mark around the inside with a pen.

2. Remove the pin, unwind the material and you have your basic pattern.  Add approx 2cm above the lines and cut.  Then snip the material every 1-2cm - this makes the fitting easier.

3. Glue one end of the material onto the existing shade and again roll the material around the shade - glue and secure the other end of the material.

4. Fold and glue the top and bottom of the material - pulling taught as you go.  Easy peasy.

The finished product:

Isabell's lamp:

1. I used the same process to make a band of material as I did when I made the curtains for the room.

2. I secured one end of the band to the lampshade with hot glue, wrapped it aroung the existing shade and secured the other end in the same fashion - again really easy and very effective.

Both lamps still give out enough light for reading at bedtime and now they look heaps better!


Ashleigh said...

Looks like we've been doing the same thing... our girls' rooms! You've done a great job on everything! I really love the framed fabric. I think beautiful fabric IS art in and of itself, so why haven't thought to do that yet? I've still got another wall in my daughter's room to tackle, so I'm going to have to see if I have any good size scraps left!

Nicola said...

Thanks Ashleigh,

I loved what you did with your little Jenna's room - one of my fav colours of all time.

We rent so I can't do a lot aside from furniture and textiles.

Your blog is a constant inspiration to me - and that Chicken Noodle Soup has become a mainstay in our kitchen.

Thanks for stopping by.

A Melbourne Girl said...

I've just come across from Centsational girl after seeing your comment.
Nice work on the lamps and the girls bedroom makeovers. They look really good!. I'm also going to check out those Ikea curtains because I'm going to need something in our bedroom for the Summer
Thanks again