Friday, May 13, 2011

Vintage Style Hanging Light


I'm trudging along...working on my list of 10 projects.
This one is #8.  Feels like #800, but no, it's just #8. I'm counting.

 I plan to hang this baby in my TV room where it's needed for reading.  My floor lamp just bit the dust.  It started turning itself on.  Clearly that was not a good sign.  

So, this skeleton of a light (I had no idea what to do with it when I bought it) is now the perfect replacement.  It still needs to be rewired but for that,
I'll need a professional. 
I was inspired by the hanging light in this room, my favorite picture ever -- except for maybe my kids.

  

Now I have one of my very own.
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I started with this pitiful excuse of a hanging light fixture.  I got it for a couple of dollars because it was missing a glass globe and was in need of rewiring.


I was busy looking for a replacement globe when I decided to try a cloth shade I already owned. 
I loved the look but it was stained...



Solution.  Strip it naked and give it a new outfit.  One that's a little more fun.



I used pre-washed burlap and the old shade cover for a pattern.  I hemmed the top and bottom and stitched jute along the edges to tie it on.  


The plate that held the original glass in place was oversized and perfect for keeping the wire shade snug and straight.  It will also help soften the light coming from the bottom of the shade -- great for a reading lamp!



I'm in love....




...with an inanimate object.  Again.

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BTW, I'll be partying here...




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34 comments:

  1. It turned out great! Can't wait to see it in it's new home!! I hope you enjoy your weekend.
    ~Angela

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  2. Lindy- You did a wonderful job! Love it- I even like it "naked" without the burlap! Hugs- Diana

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  3. Love that inspiration light too. Yours turned out great..take a look at mine if you have time.
    http://www.tatteredandtimeless.com/2009/11/so-here-is-my-fave-light.html
    tammy

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  4. That picture is my favorite too (except for my kid's pictures...of course ;)!!!
    I have a couple of skeletons in my closet (tee hee) and I have been dying to do the same thing with mine. You have inspired me!!! It looks fab!

    Jenn

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  5. Well now, aren't you little miss talented! That lamp shade is just too cute! And I thought that was quite funny that your floor lamp started turning itself on! If only you could find one that would turn itself off. Would be great for your power bill, lol!

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  6. OMG! I have this picture saved in a favorites file too! AND....I have a bunch of lamp shade carcasses just waiting for some transformation....I see burlap & maybe canvas in my future!
    Love your lamp up-do!

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  7. That looks so darn cute. I love that kitchen too. What's not to love really? Be careful of how close the bulbs are to the fabric. Beth from AtoZ had to remove hers as it started to burn the burlap! I have some shades I need to strip and do something with too.

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  8. Very cute light! I love how rugged yet pretty it looks.

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  9. What a great room in the picture...I love the clock and the lamp of course too. Yours is a wonderful duplicate...very, very cleaver!

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  10. So cute! It has it's own chippy white charm to it.

    Donna

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  11. Me, too....in love. Beautiful job and also love your inspiration photo!
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  12. Love how it came out. No wonder you are in love!!

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  13. This might be just about the coolest thing I have ever seen! I totally LOVE it. Well done. The ties are the perfect touch. Have a great weekend ~ Ann

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  14. Lindy, your lamp is wonderful! I love it when we are inspired by something and our project turns out just the way we had hoped it would. Thanks for sharing and for your visit. Enjoy your weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  15. Lindy you are one CREATIVE lady! I want that lamp!! Martina

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  16. Ooh, it's going to be fun to see it all lit up! Very cute and creative!

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  17. Adorable!
    I love it. Perfect re-use. Are you sure this is 8 of 10 projects? I have to see that original picture again...cause I don't remember this light!
    I have a terrible short term memory...but no matter; I'm glad you're keeping count. I've lost track...ALL OF YOUR PROJECTS TURN OUT FANTASTIC, LINDY!

    LOVE THIS ONE FOR SURE, Pat

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  18. Soooo cute, Lindy! What an adorable idea! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  19. This is SO beautiful -- amazing idea and I love it more than your inspiration lamp in the picture! Great job!

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  20. This is an amazing idea. You are always so creative and a real inspiration.

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  21. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

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  22. What a creative hanging lamp you have made! And I adore your handmade lampshade! You are a most creative lady !

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  23. That is one of my favorite inspiration photos and I have been eyeing that light!! Yours looks great. Very creative of you!

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  24. That is absolutely adorable! I love it!

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  25. Wow, I'm impressed! It is so unique & adorable...great job.

    Happy Metamorphosis Monday to you :O)

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  26. Wonderful job & so cute! xoxo, tracie

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  27. Super cute!! It's so shabby chic. I love the picture of that kitchen. Gorgeous!!

    Ruth

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  28. That turned out really great. The change of clothes did the job! Well done!

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  29. Hi Lindy, Love how your lamp turned out. Very creative! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Enjoy the rest of your week ~ Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  30. I looooove this idea!!! I'm getting married this summer and it's a super shabby, rustic theme including lot of burlap and lace. I'm totally going to use this idea for lighting at the reception!! this post would be a fabulous addition to my weekly blog party "from trash to treasure" I'd really love it if you joined in!

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