Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DIY Lampshade Piping with a marker

I got into a design rut in our living room. I think I was nervous that everything in there was going to be too much - too much pattern (old Clarence House covered chairs), too much color (blue leopard print rug?), and just overall that it would look too crazy.

So I used white. White curtains, white lampshades, white lamps, white tables. Ughs. Nothing tied the room together; it just fell flat.

Here's the problem: that is NOT me. I need color. When I walk into a room I want color and lots of it. I have a feeling that's why the room looked like this for so long (cue horror music): 
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I just couldn't stand to be in there because I didn't like what I saw. You really need to surround yourself with things that you love, and not what you think should be there. Everything will eventually fall into place.

I decided lamp shades were a good place to start.

Really, I was bored and it was late. So I got to coloring:
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Surprisingly, this actually worked. It didn't bleed through, I had enough marker juice to do both shades (which are from KMart - $15.99 each), and dare I say I think it looks kind of hot.

Seriously, how hot are my lampshades right now...
BeFunky upload on iPhone

BeFunky upload on iPhone



  1. Love the shades, sweetie! Hey, let's you and me go for a manicure! Xox mom

  2. Those look terrific. I would never have had the nerve to apply a marker to my lamp shades - so kuddos to you for giving it a go and for it looking so great. I agree it is a nice pop of colour in your living room.

    I was just looking back at your nursery photos and I love what you did there.