Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.




Monday, October 24, 2011

A Need for a New Topper

There are just times in life when you just need a new topper.  
In the life of a lamp, which brings such wonderful light into any matter,.there still comes a time for change.  

This is a second post in Diamond Designs on a Dime.

My lamps have survived many knocks and bruises.   I mean, try to life in a household with boys...basketballs and baseballs flying.  Even if the residences of the home didn't send the lamp's parts flying at times...well let's say their friends could do some damage.

So with mixed emotions I decided that the memories from all the knocks over the past 16 year showed too much on the shades of our lamps.  I just couldn't part with the bases at this time, having paid toooooooooooooo much for them years ago.  But one too many tumbles had called for attention and updating of my light shiners.

Easy fix.....new lamp shades from Tuesday Morning.

I removed the old shades and traded them out.  I took the finial at the top and painted them back instead of the gold color from past years.

Another new topper was a thrift store find and "dressing it up" for my kitchen.



Now all I need is to paint thrift store $4.00 base to bring in my retro-blue.



Now to add some more spice to the lamp shade.


A new lamp for my kitchen.
Look what some hot glue and pom pom fringe can do to a thrift store find....total cost $10.00.

34 Joining in with more words:

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Not only are you thrifty but very clever and crafty. Love the lettering on first new shade. I'm thinking what a great idea for visitors to your home...a plain shade to collect signatures...what a keepsake and seemingly sooooo in style. Have a great week!

Farm Girl said...

You are totally amazing!!! I love watching how you are reusing and updating. I love that just changing a lamp shade does so much.
You know we have a Tuesday Mornings store here that I have never been too.
I need to go investigate. I love the lamp shade you got there.
You are one talented girl. I wish you lived closer, I would have you come look at my house, because you understand about boys and furniture.
I always call that decorating for real life.
Have a great week!

Rebecca said...

What a creative way to re-top some lamps, Janette! What a change it makes in their personalities!

Trisha said...

Awesome job, Janette. Those lamps are beautiful!

Shelley said...

OH MY GOODNESS - Martha Stewart lay down already!!!

LOVE IT!!!

Mary said...

these are perfect i tell you!!! perfect!!

Sandy said...

Just beautiful! And thrifty!

Christine said...

Adding the fringe is the right touch!

Sonja said...

Keep em coming! You can change every room with paint and your special touches. Do it!! :) Love it all!

xo

Vee said...

What a nice revamping that lamp enjoyed. I really like the drum shade with all the writing, too.

Debbie said...

WOW...SOO impressive. I love them. What a creative gift you have...I love seeing all your new creations. Have a wonderful day! HUGS

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness!! When are you going to publish a book about this? You are amazing. So clever - really, I kinda stand in awe.

Are you like me - (well, except for the crafty part - I am not crafty - at least in an *arts and crafts* sort of way) - where was I? Oh yeah, are you like me - the "bargains" in life make the final product so much more satisfying, don't they??

Such a stylish woman you are - maybe you could/should design hats, too. Have you ever tried that?

xo

e-Mom said...

Just LOVE your creativity, my friend. LOVE, love, love it!!! And your thriftyness is marvellous. Applauding!

JillAileenJones said...

I love the new little thrift store lamp redone. So cute. It is all coming together so nicely. Love the new lamp shade on the big lamp too. We have a Tuesday Mornings here-I forget to go there-it is kind of hit or miss at this one. We are getting a TJ Max here-I think it opens next week and I am really excited about that too.
Can't wait to see what you do next.
Hugs
Jill

Kathryn Ross said...

Re-do's on lampshades would definitely be on my list of things to do if I started my crafting business again! So many nifty things - but I find that lampshades tend to be rather personal and less is more - unless you're the one choosing the design. But, I must say - you've inspired me to re-do my shades here . . . maybe . . .

Joy!
Kathy

shirley said...

Love it!! Beautiful!!!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

You are so creative, Janette! I love it!

Petra said...

Thrift stores are my faves. You are just too creative, your lamps are fabulous, and all your big and little projects inspire me.

Maryann said...

Great redo on the thrift store lamp, really cute, never would have thought to paint it

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

You are sage!!!! And you have a captive audience all going to school on your thrifty, creative ways!

Bevie said...

Hi Janette you should be so proud of yourself, not only because you saved $$ but they are awesome too!! Great job girlfriend!!!

Marla and Steve said...

Love love love the new shades. They are awesome and instantly bring new life to the lamps. The kitchen shade is adorable with the trim.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Love your redo of your lamps-amazing what a different shade can do(kind of like a haircut). What a great find for your kitchen too. Have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Noreen

Lisa said...

Oh Janette!
I love it! Your kitchen is getting more beautiful by the minute!

Amy said...

That is SO cute!! You are very talented and inspiring!

Sally said...

All the lamps look great, well done. We had a great time in Austin. Did a Segway tour, what fun! It was all too short, looking forward to Thanksgiving.

Debbie said...

I loved this from the get go since I have been looking at my lamp shades lately and thinking, "Shades... you're the NEXT things to go." I want one of the shades with the words on it.

And then, you ended with a WOW with the kitchen lamp makeover. You have a tremendously gifted eye for design.

Oh, how I wish I had it.
Or at the very least could afford to "buy" it.

Karen said...

so cute! Tuesday Morning is my favorite along with TJ Maxx.

camp and cottage living said...

Janette
What a difference a new shade can make. Hmmm-got me thinking!
Did you buy the printed shade as it is or do it yourself? I really love it! Of course I love anything with pom-poms on it too.
Did you see my drawing on my Oct.21 post, Janette? I don't want you to miss it if you're interested. You've been such a good blogger friend!
Have a great day-Kimberly

Deborah Ann said...

That is amazing! Love the retro look. Now, can you come here and redo my house? Heheh...

Connie Arnold said...

Very creative and clever, Janette!

Vickie said...

Now that's the cutest little lamp I've seen, Janette! Love the little fuzzy balls on that lamp - and I can see you're doing all kinds of cool decorating over there at your house! Janette, you're doing such a great job of re-using and making things so stylish! I think I need to hire you to come help me at my house! Have a wonderful week, sweet lady!

Joluise said...

Very clever and what great ideas you share with us:)

Jen said...

I love your blog! The header reminds me of Lucille Ball. :) Anyway, I am new to Ruby for Women, and pretty new to blogging as well. I LOVE your lamp re-do's! I am recently discovering how much I am enjoying home decorating and thrifty re-do's as well. I love your kitchen, by the way, very colorful!

In looking over your book and music interests, I realize they coincide with mine. It is great to discover your blog. :)

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