DIY Lamp Redo Fail + Fix

I have so much to share with you (LA Secret Stair posts, art projects and of course, last night’s Newsroom Season 2 premiere party) but until those are ready, I’m going to share this DIY gem I completed a few weeks ago.

It all started with a trip to the sale section of Ikea (by the checkout). Usually Ikea’s damaged goods section is still over priced for what you get, but for some reason I always check it out.

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That’s where I found this simple lamp of beauty.

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This lamp was in good condition, it just needed some cleaning and the white lampshade needed to be recovered. It had been a display lamp, so you can imagine all the hands that touched it.

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I’ve not worked with lamps before, so I was in new territory. My brilliant idea was to spray paint it. Warning: this is not brilliant, it’s actually a bad idea. But go with me…

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So I taped off the inside and sprayed the metal hardware gold, to jazz it up.

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Doesn’t the gold look nice?

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I wanted a top stripe of gold, so after a layer of gold, I taped off the top inch of the lamp, and sprayed the bottom of the shade a teal blue.

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…I thought it would be a little more blue.

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Yes, I know, together it looks like a Green Bay Packers lamp. That was not my intention.

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My other fail is that when you light fabric sprayed with paint, if it isn’t perfectly even (which is crazy hard), it looks blotchy. Very blotchy. I did get compliments on it (while not lit), but it’s a lamp and needs to look good when lit.

Thankfully, when I fail at a project I always learn something from it (don’t spray paint fabric unless it’s a canvas on a wall).

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After a trip to the fabric district, I bought this beautiful gray/white fabric. I removed the green canvas (it was just glued in, so easy to remove) and replaced it with this new fabric. Now it’s a much more subtle lamp, which works better in the room.

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I had enough fabric left over to make a small pillow for my barrel chair. I love it! It helps tie the room in together.

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DIY: Spray Paint-ings!

Michael’s craft store often has some great deals on packs of canvases, and a while back I couldn’t pass on such an offer. I got 7, 12″X12″ canvases for around $10. I didn’t have a use for them, but I knew eventually I would. Sure enough, when planning how to fill my blank canvas, I knew these would come into play.

First I like to start with playing with colors and designs in photoshop, until I figure out a combination that tickles-my-fancy.

After making a plan and laying down a base coat of gold (to match the newly painted side-table top), it was time to tape up the design, and buy the colored spray paints.

Since I had the design (to scale) in my computer, all I had to do was print out the pattern and use it as a template for taping up the canvases. I also changed the color on the template so as not to waste ink.

In one case I needed a strip of tape half the width of the store bought painters tape. So I got out my e-xacto and cut 1 piece into 2. The other half I ended up using on the next canvas.

After the first canvas is taped up, it’s best to use that instead of the template. Since these are all being hung in a row, it’s ideal if they all look cohesive and the most accurate way to do that is to use the completed canvases as a guide.

Once they are taped, it’s time to layout the drop cloth and do some spraying!

 

Then let them dry. I was impatient and excited to see my new artwork, so I took them off soon after, but it’s best to let them sit a couple hours if possible.

I love it! Now for the others!

Color fun!

Even the discarded tape looked beautifully colorful. I’m sure if it wasn’t for the high heat that day, I would have come with a diy project that would put that tape to good use.

It adds the perfect pop of color for over the tv (and awkward space to fill). You’ll notice I added a turquoise color in the middle. Since this was so easy to do, I thought why not add in another color.

Now take these as inspiration and come up with your own fun design to spray over. Maybe a hip chevron pattern? Niiiice.

Clue #5… so close!

You’ve seen clue #1clue #2clue #3, clue #4… and we are SO close to the big reveal, so I thought I’d share some out-takes:

I didn’t realize I would end up on camera.. so I was not exactly dressed up- I didn’t even have my contacts in! Oh well… the final photos are still being edited, so more on that later. People were asking for an update, so I had to share. All photos courtesy of Erica Meyer. Contact me if you want her for your own shoot or event. I’ll have more on her when I post the final photos.