Grace
Grace
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  • Lexington, KY

Ghost Lamp Shades.... I Have Been Told.


When I picked up these 2 ghost lamp shades(that's what someone told me what they are called. I thought it was something like "skeleton"lamp shade, haha), they didn't look like this. Well, I forgot to take a picture of "real" before. Coincidentally, I found an internet image that looked like the way it was when I saw them. What are the chances??!
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I had them for the longest time and finally I worked like a crazy woman for the last 2 weeks or so. I worked on 4 or 5 projects one after another, boom, boom, boom! I actually shouldn't even be doing this as my concert season is here...but i just wanted to get this out of the way, lol.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
So this isn't the actual pic of mine, but they looked exactly like that when I found them off the curb, 2 of them, and I ripped the dusty and dry old fabric off. I saw this one episode from Fixer Upper by the Gaines and saw Joanna using a ghost lamp shade as a lamp shade, and wanted to use something like that(but not as an actual lamp shade. I just liked the look), and then saw this giant old lamp shades, abandoned...Had to take them home. This was also my first ever pallet project from the pile my husband's work place had. The pallet I found was the cleanest pallet I have ever seen.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
I quickly learned that you need ear plugs to pound those babies out.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
I traced whichever rim I wanted the top to be and drew slightly bigger, used jig saw to cut them.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
You get the idea, huh? :)
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
I used Minwax's Weathered Oak stain. You can see the difference, but I stained it one more time after this shot and the color got deeper.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
Used this stencil and decided the slats to go vertically.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
Oh before I did that, of course, I screwed them together like this. This is actually after attaching the top to the top rim. I used cable clamps to do that.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
Aren't they beautiful? The wood looks aged, but still clean. Of course, I cleaned them and sanded them before I did all the stain work and stuff.
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows
I still need to put some protective coat...but I just wanted to post this here to get the itches out, lol. I am letting you in on my next project, the dresser behind my project. I pulled/picked up that dresser from dumpster!! Shocking...! And the previous owner painted it brown, one drawers broken, but had all the pulls, shocking again!!
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They will be used as our bed side table. Hubby loves it, and was sad that I did this without his help(he says he is now uselss, lol. You are never "that" to me, honey), but was SOOO proud of me that I made this all by myself. I feel like a little toddler saying those words, lol.
He thought painting the "frame" might be a bit too high maintenance, so I left it as it is. Besides, I need to finish up couple other projects before the concert season hits me.
I hope this project inspires you and encourages you to see things beyond what they are.
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I've added this pic in case you wonder what I used to attach the top to the shade. It's called cable clamps. I found it at Lowe's, and it was very inexpensive. :)
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows, This is before
This is before. :)
ghost lamp shades i have been told , lighting, window treatments, windows, It s not much but got cleaned up Worth it
It's not much, but got cleaned up. Worth it!

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3 questions
  • Janet S
    on Oct 11, 2016

    These are so lovely. Great repurpose project. It looks like you used some sort of plastic clip to attach the top to the ghost shade. Are those the same plastic clips that hold closet shelves up?

    • Grace
      on Oct 11, 2016

      I found those at Lowe's and it said cable clamps. Yes, they are plastic and they close on you and then you can use a screw to attach it.

  • Colleen Patrick Rucker
    on Oct 12, 2016

    How substantial is the metal that the lampshades are made of? Will the weight of the wooden tops bend them?

    • Grace
      on Oct 12, 2016

      Oh I am so glad! Please come back here and share yours once you are done. I hope you find yours soon!

  • SADIE5893
    on Oct 12, 2016

    Love what you did . Where did you get your stencile

    • Grace
      on Oct 13, 2016

      Thank you. I am really humbled by all these compliments. I know anyone can do this...and I don't even try to think outside the box...but it just came to me(after "sitting on" it for such a long time) , and I am so glad many people are enjoying this and inspired. Have a great weekend.

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  • 25554306
    on Oct 1, 2017

    cool

  • Susan Severino
    on Aug 10, 2018

    I love them! I love love that dresser in the pic ,can't wait to see what you do with it! I am using the pallet idea to make a clock with a stencils. Thanks again, looking forward to seeing more of your redos.

    • Grace
      on Aug 10, 2018

      Aww...... Thank you Susan. The dresser redo is posted on my hometalk page. I also love the way it turned out. I don't think it got noticed much, but it's standing right next to my bed. I hope your project turns out well. It sure is fun to work with pallets. :D

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