Notice the extreme lack of maroon? That, ladies and gentlemen, is how this post was born. On top of my dresser there is a little lamp with a maroon shade… it needed a makeover. The problem with a maroon shade is how very dark it is. I knew that no matter what I would do, I would only make the shade even darker. That shade had to go… So, that darling hubby of mine bought me a shade to beautify!
I searched for days to find some inspiration on just what I could do to make this lamp our own. So many options out there were far too frilly and girly for the direction I wanted to go. Finally, I stumbled upon this. It was an inspiration AND directions on what to do. You could say that I was sufficiently stoked! Truth be told, I didn’t read that blog. I saw the pictures and that was as far as I went. But thanks to Shabby Chic for a nice quick inspiration! 🙂
The next step was picking out words to put on the lamp shade. I wanted to make it personal so I chose to use lyrics from our wedding song, “When You Say Nothing At All”. There’s a perfect section of the song that states “you can light up the dark”. How perfect, huh!? I used that whole verse on our lamp. I wanted the lamp to have a vintagey feel, and plain english words just didn’t feel right to me. I plugged the verse into www.freetranslator.com and translated it into Italian. I’m half Italian so this made me downright giddy! I knew that I wanted something more than just words on the shade, so hubby and I agreed on vintage postage stamps. I just did a google search and printed off the images. I did the same with the lyrics. I chose 4 different fonts (one for each line of the verse) and made them around the same size. I taped the lyrics and postage to the inside on the shade and turned on the light. It was actually fairly easy to see through the shade. From there I just started painting away!
Word of warning: Don’t buy a textured shade. It was pretty difficult to paint. I actually did more blotting than painting. I kept changing my mind through the painting process. I liked it, then I hated it, then I was super worried… You know, the norm. Once the painting was finished, I realized it was a bit too plain. I liked it, but it needed something more. I took a tiny bit of paint and went around the top and bottom of the shade to give it some texture and then used my finger and smudged it a bit. It still needed something more. I had a can of webbing spray paint that I used on a different project and i just sprayed a little bit of that on, smudged it around, sanded it up with a little sandpaper and…Voila!