I have been working like a crazy lady on making our apt feel more like “our” apt the last few months. It is a real challenge when you move into a place that is furnished by someone else (read: middleaged-government-working-male-who-I-am-sure-is-very -nice -but -I- would- never -want -decorating- my- apt). They are furnished in an effort to save the government mola. Instead of shipping our stuff all over the globe every few years we just move in with some sheets and pictures. We have to find little ways to add some spice with out spending to much money and adding weight to our stringent weight limit. Well this week I finally finished Chloe and Evie’s room! The final touch was a much needed lamp on their little dresser (which is STUFFED full of dress ups). I didn’t want a boring old lamp but their room already has enough going on with out adding something obnoxious and attention grabbing. Ikea has beautiful clear glass lamps right now in various sizes. I went with the mid size (and at first bought a comically small lamp shade, fat lamp in a little shade ha!) and I LOVE it. All it took was some washi tape, some painters tape and some gold spray paint.
Can I just say it is down right impossible to get a picture of a glass lamp like this with out icky shadows. I tried everything ha! Oh well thus is life right. Now if you look close you can see how ridiculous I look when I take pictures! If you would like a super spunky lamp for yourself or your cuties room here is how I did it:
After buying your lamp from Ikea take your washi tape and create a pattern of triangles along the bottom of your lamp. I made mine in various sizes. I didn’t want it to look too even and mainly I didn’t want to have to measure anything. While you are taping be sure to tape up the beginning of your chord so it doesn’t get painted. Unless you want it too, rock that cords world with some paint if you feel so inclined.
Once you have created your triangles go back over the edges pressing firmly to make sure no paint will eek through. Now grab your large painters tape and tape over the rest of the base of your lamp being sure to overlap well with your washi tape. I tape all the way up the neck of mine. You do NOT need to do this, it was a pretty big waste of tape in my humble opinion. But you know, efficiency and all. Again once you have taped it all go back over and press firmly so it is all sealed up.
Now take it outside and spray a nice even coat. I only did one coat. The reason being I don’t like to let paint completely dry when tape is involved. I always end up taking up some of the tape with me if it dries all the way.
Carefully peel up your tape. I made sure to lift the tape with the exposed edge first. And if you are wondering why in the world the light bulb is on it is because last time I stepped on a light bulb while doing a light project. Yeah. Ouch. Not repeating THAT mistake.
I decided to go hog wild and also spray paint my lamp shade… and a toy giraffe. Apparently I wanted to get my moneys worth out of that bottle of spray paint. Success.
Put your lamp all back together and take it to its new home.
Stand back and enjoy your lamp with attitude.
The dresser it is sitting on is also from Ikea. The corner brackets were ordered online from Lowes but the pulls are from Ikea as well. The girls have pretty much destroyed the paint job on this dresser over the past few months. Who knew barbie feet were so brutal?