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Lori T
Last reply on Sep 1, 2016

Everyone in my house is making fun of this lamp - what do you think?

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Lori T
Last reply on Sep 1, 2016

I gave an ugly gold lamp a makeover and made what I THOUGHT was an adorable, shabby lampshade out of strips of muslin. I barely had it finished when my sweetheart came home from work and the fun began...
He: "Oh great! We have a toilet paper lamp!"
Me: "It's not toilet paper"
Daughter: "It's closer to my bathroom than it is yours - I'll use it if I run out"
Me: "It's not toilet paper"
He: ***something I wouldn't repeat***
Me: "IT'S NOT TOILET PAPER!!!"
Oh, and the jokes just got worse from there.
What do you think? Is this a hit or a miss??

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  • Lulu Dubin
    Lulu Dubin Cedarhurst, NY
    on Jan 22, 2014

    I think this is a really cute idea, but seems like it sort of missed the mark. Some suggestions: 1. maybe use a different color fabric so that the shabbiness doesn't get mistaken for toilet paper. 2. Maybe iron the fabric so it looks less shabby and more chic 3. Add short strings of beads to the ends to weigh down the fabric and add some color :) Good luck!

  • Moxie
    Moxie Brooklyn, IN
    on Jan 22, 2014

    I think it is adorable. Maybe if you add a little bling like a few strands of silver and glass beads or somthing they would like it more...but I love simple and texture and I vote a hit as is...some jysr have no vision lol

  • Linda Delap
    Linda Delap East Stroudsburg, PA
    on Jan 22, 2014

    it needs some thing more fabric some color

  • Jill Drummond
    Jill Drummond Middleton, WI
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Sounds like a convo I would have had with my hubs! I really like how the light comes through it but I have to admit, I did think toilet paper. Maybe layer in some colored fabric so it is more full. But in general...don't listen to a word he says ;)

  • Sally holway
    Sally holway Suwanee, GA
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Wonderful idea! More color, for sure...a print, maybe? How about shortening the bottom overhang to improve lamp/shade proportions?

  • Kathryn Ellensohn-Cogar
    Kathryn Ellensohn-Cogar Waynesville, MO
    on Jan 22, 2014

    I think it's really cute! If you'll use pinking sheers to cut the fabric it won't unravel on you so much, but, it is a good idea!!

  • Bethany P
    Bethany P Saint Petersburg, FL
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Thank you all!! I thought about using some turquoise fabric I have leftover from something else, but thought I'd try the white instead. I think I'll add some of that and the bling is a great idea.....boy-oh-boy do I ever have plenty of beads! :) Thanks again for the feedback!

    • Bernice H
      Bernice H Woodburn, OR
      on Feb 8, 2014

      @Bethany P I like the idea and it looks like it took some time to tie all those pieces. Good for you. I do like the updated better than the original, the bit of color and shorter length make a difference. Beads would be so fun. What room are we talking about for placing? That is a consideration also, right?

  • Chrissie
    Chrissie United Kingdom
    on Jan 22, 2014

    As for me I would leave it alone ! It works for me. Hugs. C

  • Diane
    Diane Earlville, NY
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Have been considering making some like this. The new bulbs are hard to read by, and lampshades are expensive. I will try this and see what the hub y says. I'm sure he will have an idea or 2.

  • Renie Thompson
    Renie Thompson Tijeras, NM
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Sometimes our sweethearts just don't see our vision...lol. I think it is cute.

  • Judy Adams
    Judy Adams Pasco, WA
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Great idea , you had your thinking cap on .Maybe you can replace the muslin with pretty ribbons the color of your room or chiffon . good luck

  • Bethany P
    Bethany P Saint Petersburg, FL
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Thanks again for all the feedback. Here is attempt #2 at this project. I trimmed the bottom to make it a little less shabby and added turquoise fabric and some clear crystals around the bottom (they're kind of hard to see in the photo). Better?

    • Jennifer Weakley
      Jennifer Weakley Clarksville, TN
      on Jan 24, 2014

      @Bethany P The original didn't look bad but the re-do is Fabulous!

  • Margie Howard
    Margie Howard Cynthiana, KY
    on Jan 22, 2014

    This looks much better ! I really like it now !

  • Ann
    Ann Monmouth, IL
    on Jan 22, 2014

    I like your redo very much. The turquoise gives more interest. I think if you add more fabric so it has more volume might be a good idea, too.

  • Susan Lyons Stewart
    Susan Lyons Stewart Chepachet, RI
    on Jan 22, 2014

    I love it!!!!

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jan 22, 2014

    The idea works but it looks a little unfinished...like you need a lot more fabric...and trim off the strings. Pressing the fabric will help too! You are almost there!

  • Donna J
    Donna J Conyers, GA
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Bethany, you have creativity. I have many friends who would not have the slightest idea what to do as far as crafting is concern. Your lamp looks great and most of all, you did it yourself. You can even bring it into the love season with a little red heart or something. Don't be afraid to show your pride in your work and continue to use Hometalk as your idea resource. Good luck!

    • Bethany P
      Bethany P Saint Petersburg, FL
      on Jan 22, 2014

      @Donna J Thank you! I love the idea of making it special for February!

  • Cynthia E
    Cynthia E Daleville, AL
    on Jan 22, 2014

    I think it looks great -- ignore hubby and daughter (they sound just like mine would while teasing me)

  • Bethany P
    Bethany P Saint Petersburg, FL
    on Jan 22, 2014

    Thanks everyone! I like it a lot better now - and I deliberately kept the fabric on it "scarce" because I wanted a very light shade that let as much light through it as possible (no overhead light in that room - so this is lamp #3). It's also more beachy, I think, with less fabric. I appreciate all the feedback and kind words!

    • Bethany P
      Bethany P Saint Petersburg, FL
      on Feb 8, 2014

      It's in my dining room. There's a fan, but no light in the room & until we remedy that, I rely on lamps, but they're only on when I'm in the room.

  • Lori J
    Lori J Broken Bow, NE
    on Jan 22, 2014

    I don't care for it...but it is simply one opinion.

  • Christy Marie
    Christy Marie Chapel Hill, TN
    on Jan 23, 2014

    I like the improvements, of course I liked the first attempt too.

  • Lin R
    Lin R Smyrna, TN
    on Jan 23, 2014

    It is darling and what is important is that you like it!!!

  • Sheryll S
    Sheryll S Jacksonville, FL
    on Jan 23, 2014

    I 'LOVE' both versions of your lamp shade..... and seriously not sure if the pic you posted in a comment is version 3 or not, but I adore it.

  • Sue Bruns
    Sue Bruns Bemidji, MN
    on Jan 23, 2014

    I appreciate the concept and the effort and like the second try better than the first, but it won't be something I'll make. Sorry.

  • Martha Mothershed
    Martha Mothershed Norcross, GA
    on Jan 23, 2014

    If you could not afford to buy a new lampshade, I liked it, but if you can afford to buy a new lampshade, I would..

  • Chrissie
    Chrissie United Kingdom
    on Jan 23, 2014

    Well I think it is lovely and original.

  • Carol
    Carol Kittanning, PA
    on Jan 23, 2014

    sorry, but it looks like it exploded.

    • Bethany P
      Bethany P Saint Petersburg, FL
      on Jan 23, 2014

      @Carol I definitely like the second attempt better - and my family does, too. :)

  • Dee
    Dee Independence, IA
    on Jan 23, 2014

    Have to agree with hubby sorry. Im not laughing but the look on my face priceless

  • Jeanie
    Jeanie Homestead, FL
    on Jan 23, 2014

    I think the problem is this shade is to big for this lamp, it needs a taller and slimmer base. I applaud your creativity, but the width of the shade is too broad for the base.

  • Laurie Eng
    Laurie Eng Portland, OR
    on Jan 23, 2014

    I like it when it is lit up, I also would have looped the fabric instead of tying in knots so that it would have a smoother appearance. Another texture of fabric instead would probably not garner the t.p. comments.

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