Friday, July 30, 2010

How to create a Football Lampshade...

I had to steal this idea from my AWESOME friend over at Lolly Jane Boutique. It is completley adorable for those of you with boys or a hubs that wants a sports themed office. So here is how to Create a Football Lampshade... or should I say how to make your lampshade look like a football?! Either way, it's a great way to tie in the theme of your little guy's room!

(Seriously though all credit goes to Lolly Jane Boutique!!)

Supplies. What you will need:

Step 1: Measure the lampshade:

Measure the lamp's length and make marks lightly (in pencil) of how tall you want your "football stitching" laces to be. You will make 2 vertical laces. You will also make 6 rows of horizontal laces that will cross the vertical laces, (with 1/2" length remaining on each side after crossing the vertical laces.)

Step 2: Cut holes for the laces:

Using a sharp razor tip, slit a small hole vertically (approx 1/4 inch.) at your markings. Note: it should be conspicuous but large enough the shoelaces can easily slip through.

Step 3: Thread the laces:

Starting at the top, simply poke the shoelace through the top and bottom holes, creating a straight vertical line, leaving a 1/2 inch "tail" hanging from each side. Repeat so you have 2 shoelaces side by side with a 1/4" gap.

Step 4: Stitch the lace:

Stitch the 1/2" tail through the front of the shoelace, creating sturdy "football stitching." This will hold the vertical laces permanently in place. Repeat until both sets of laces are tight. Tip: Hot glue will work for this as an alternative for those who simply dislike sewing ;)

Step 5: Cross the laces:

Cross the horizontal laces over the vertical laces, leaving approx. 1/2" on each side, creating the look of football stitching.

Step 6: Make your whistle pull.
Note: I left my whistle hanging the same length as the original pull.

Step 7: Attach to the lampshade.
Instead of switching the original pull to the whistle pull, I clipped the original shorter (it should not be visible when looking at the shade) and simply tied the whistle to the lampshade.... yes it is strictly "for looks." Easy peasy, right? ;)


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Friday, July 23, 2010


Check out my bunk bed transformation! My husband and I had been in the market for a bunk bed for awhile. Wal-Mart has some cute ones in the $250 price range, but really I just wanted an old bunk bed that I could paint, because I LOVE painted wood!!!! I know it's probably trendy, but I LOVE IT! So, then one day we got pretty dang lucky. Back in May, my hubby was taking my daughter to school and on the side of the road he saw a bunk bed with a sign that said, "FREE BUNK BED." He called me and I immediately thought that it must be falling apart and ugly if it's free. Then he sent me a picture of it on my phone and I was THRILLED!!!! It was sturdy solid wood with cool rod iron detail. This is the bed I had dreamed of finding and IT WAS FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! I knew that after a little paint and magic, it would be PERFECT! Please take a look at the before and after.


I didn't even prime this beauty. Just 3 coats of white paint, distressing with sandpaper, stain to give it an antique look and one coat of polyurethane. Oh yeah. Do you like the cute damask bed spreads?? It's a bed in a bag from

I am really into chandeliers right now, aren't you? Check out this one from IKEA. It's $39.99, which isn't too bad for a chandelier.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cupboard Headboard

My friend, Jennie made this awesome headboard out of cupboard doors. She bought the cupboards at a place called Restore. Habitat for Humanity gives their leftovers to Restore and then the proceeds of purchased items go to help local Habitat for Humanity Centers. Jennie bought these for $3/each. Then she painted them black, sanded them and hung them on the wall above her bed. I absolutely love the outcome! How creative, at such an inexpensive price and helping a good cause all at the same time! Thanks for sharing Jennie, we hope to have more of your craftiness on our blog in the future!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Can I just say how much I LOVE spray paint?! I LOVE paint in general but spray paint is particularly FABULOUS as far as I am concerned!! I have these 3 AWESOME sturdy lamps that were given to me about 7 years ago. They have been MANY colors. A few of them NOT so PRETTY but they are now BLACK & FABULOUS!!!!


Seriously who needs to buy a new lamp when all your lamp needs is some PAINT & Maybe a new shade?!
All you have to do is clean off any dust & chipping or peeling paint & once they are clean & dry SPRAY AWAY!!!!! SO EASY!!!!!

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