Sometimes I take advantage of the freebies at the hardware store. There are just so many uses for so many of the products! Paint sticks are free for customers to take and I have used leftovers for many projects. This table runner is an easy project that you can whip up in an afternoon. And all of the supplies can be found at the hardware store. Win win.
Never in a million years would I have ever thought to paint my kitchen coral. For me, the color congers up visions of kitchens of the 1970's (not my personal cup of tea). However, after perusing the interwebs for coral kitchens, I can see the appeal of coral, although, I'm still not sold. How about you? Have these pictures
Cecile's neighbor needed a kitchen makeover, and Cecile was willing and certainly able to lend a hand in its transformation. Her choice of colors: soft gray and coral. The latter makes
David Trubridge's Coral lampshade has been around for a while. I saw it first in Elle Canada and it's been popping up everywhere (it's in this month's Domino, where they have labeled it incorrectly as being a Arne Jacobson piece). While it barely registered at first I am now completely consumed by it... wake-up-at-four-in-the-morning-thinking-about-it style consumed. The trouble is that I don't have $500 to spend on a lampshade. So I have attempted a considerably smaller 'Inspired by' version,
- 3 rolls of Wood Effect Contact Paper
- A protractor, scissors, pencil
Here's what I did:
- I covered the card on both sides with the contact paper.
- I created a template for the three-pronged individual pieces, by drawing a circle (I drew around a side plate) then used a protractor to divide the circle into 3 (120 degrees between each line). I used this shape, but you could go crazy shape-wise, so long as the lines are central.
- Once you've got your template cut out 20 of the shapes from your 'wood' card.
- Poke little holes in each of the 'arms' of your shapes, you could use scissors or a SMALL hole punch. In the Center of one shape cut a small hole like this, this will be your 'top' and the cord will go though here.
- Join 5 of the shapes together with a brad, like this:
- next join the free set of arms together, poke the brads through but don't close them. It should look something like this:
- Add the next layer of shapes, when there are 5 arms on each brad you can close them up. It should look like this:
- Now start joining the arms together with more brads like this
- the arms joining together should be forming a spherical shape like this:
- Almost done! You just need to add the last 5 shapes. It's easiest if you join them together at one point (like in the first picture) then attach them to the rest of the shape.
- Pop it onto your light fixture, making sure that the exposed bulb doesn't touch the shade anywhere. You could clip a bulldog clip to the wire then pop the shade on top of it.