Today I wanted to share a fun DIY project I whipped up for our new room! I took an old lampshade that had "good bones" and turned it into a fun hanging lamp for the little nook over our bed.
Supplies Needed: Lampshade - I found mine a thrift store for $3.00. Scissors. Goo Gone. Nylon Pan Scraper. White Spray Paint. 2 strands of twinkle lights. Ceiling hook/Toggle bolt, Drill.
Directions: Take the lampshade and cut off all the fabric. If there is glue residue on the wire, scrape that off. I tried use a few things but found that Goo Gone and a pan scraper worked the best. After getting it all cleaned off, wash surface and let dry. Apply white spray paint in light even coats until evenly covered (following directions on the spray paint can). Leave in covered, well ventilated area until paint cures.
Next take 1 strand of twinkle lights and weave around the lamp shade wires. I started on the bottom ring, looping it around as I went, then continued in an upward spiral, looping around each wire until I reached the top. I also looped it around the upper bars making surethat when finished the end of the strand of lights was near the center. Install a hook where you want it hung (I convinced Joe to help me with this part!), we used a ceiling hook that came with a toggle bolt. He drilled a hole in the ceiling big enough to fit the toggle bolt through when squished flat, inserted the toggle bolt and then screwed on the hook. Hang up your new lamp, attach the second strand of lights and plug into an outlet below.
Here's an after shot. I kind of love it!
And a quick peek at our little sleeping nook! I still have plans to reframe that Paris poster but otherwise I'm calling it complete!