Placemat or Lampshade????

This fall, one of my friends, Amie, came to visit. She gave the sweetest gift...this little lamp and wooden base for my kitchen. I love it. The base is so cute and "cottagy". Everytime I would sit down at my kitchen desk, I would think that the lampshade does need something!!!

This past week, I have mentioned that I am trying to organize and go through all my stuff. I came across some old placemats. I still love them..toile, check and cute quilt ones. However, the reality is that I don't use place mats. I have found that I can't even get them off the table quick enough before my family starts eating. So I don't use them.

So I had a {LIGHTBULB}moment and decided to cover my lampshade with two placemats. Just a lot of pulling and my hot glue gun...ouch, I had more hot glue on me then the lamp shade!!! It worked. I love it! The fabric matches my kitchen and the lamp is even more adorable! I added a little "fun" fringe on top and WOILA..a new lamp!

Hee hee..my husband came home from a basketball game and said "Did you go shopping?"

So the moral of the story...look around your house...something that is meant for ONE thing could make another thing just {PERFECT}!

{p.s. Take a peek at the "new look" of the Reluctant Entertainer and her giveaway!}



94 comments:

RosyRose said...

SO CUTE Sandy TOES! Love simplicity! Thanks for the idea!
Hmmmm....maybe I can find a couple extra shades that need some help:)!

Jessica said...

I love it! I am in the middle of doing some decorating/organizing with our laundry room and I am so proud of how much I have repurposed!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

I love your lamp's new "doo" :)

AndreaLeigh said...

cute cute! i have a bedspread that matches that toile pattern. i also love toile!

Life with Kaishon said...

Totally LOVE it. I love easy ideas that look amazing. You are brilliant : ).

Denise said...

Okay, that is totally cute!!! What a great idea!

DomesticDivasFancy said...

Very cute...I love to repurpose lamp shades...Heck I love to repurpose anything!

Ashley Nichole.

Liz said...

Your lamp turned out very cute! I love toile.

::Jan:: said...

I love cottagy things. This fits right in well. So darling.

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

Beautiful! It looks fantastic! Amazing how much a little fabric can update! ;) Ashley

Leslie said...

So cute, love the fuzzy part you added to the top!

Harmless Brat said...

re-use is just amazing! :D you made a fiiine display of such ;) :D

Heather said...

Cute Cute Cute Sandy! I know if we lived near one another - we would trade constant ideas and be crafting and cooking up a storm!

Becky said...

You are always so creative. I bet your glue gun never cools down, LOL. The lamp is very you. :-)

Mari said...

It turned out so cute!

Dawn said...

how fun! i love it :) and i love to use things for stuff other than their purpose... now you have me thinking!

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Sandy Toes! What a difference!! Love the toile and the placemat idea is great! Really changed the whole look of the light! I know what you mean about the placemats; I have ones we use a/k/a vinyl uglier ones and ones that look pretty on the table!!!lol Have a great day - Sincerely, Jeannette

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Way to dress up a lamp....it looks fabulous!! My husband would have said the exact same thing!!

Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway...you know that is right up my alley:)

Lisa

duchess said...

How creative. Turned out beautiful - I love the fringe.
(We don't use placemats either.:)

Ky said...

Cute, cute, cute!

BTW I gave you an award. Please do stop by when you get a chance :-)

Lora said...

Very cute! I love toile!

LuLu & Co. said...

How clever of you!I love it! I must dig through my placemats!! I have a brown lampshade that I really want to lighten up but have no idea how because it's brown!Must think about this! Happy Monday.
LuLu

Montee said...

I don't use placemats either. This is a great idea! That the placemats are toile is a plus! I have used cloth napkins to cover pillow forms for some small pillows in my dining room chairs.

theArthurClan said...

My bedroom is that exact toile pattern! Wonderful job on a gorgeous project (I'm feeling your pain over the hot glue though...that happends to me all the time.)

~Angie
co-founder of I ♥ Faces

The Quintessential Magpie said...

So cute, Sandy! I'm laughing about the glue gun because I always do that, too! :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

At Home In Georgia said...

Thanks for the idea...I need to cover a lamp that is babyish but need it to be boy now.

Yours looks great.

I can't believe you were engaged at the Lincoln Memorial...what a memory!

Becky Welch said...

SO SO cute! way to go!

Mrs. S. said...

Wow! Very cute!

Darlene said...

That turned out so CUTE! LOVE it!

Michelle said...

Looks great! Toile is my favorite pattern for fabrics.

Daphine said...

Totally love this! You go girl! I so wish that I was this creative!

Happy Monday!

Carol said...

Very chic Sandy Toes!

April said...

Is your creativity EVER going to run out??? You amaze me! Wish I could see things with your eyes...just not gonna happen! :) Happy Monday, my friend! ♥

Jboo said...

Wow!! That turned out great -- just beautiful - I love it!

Have a fun week!

Janet

the undomesticated wife said...

That turned out great!!

Laurel MacD said...

I love it when my husband asks me that question and I can say NO

Chris said...

That lamp is simply beautiful, would think of that. I wouldn't.:)

Hugs,
Chris

The Graves' House said...

great way to use what you already have! my hubby would be so proud... it looks great!
~nicole

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I love toile...what a great use for those placemats!

coco said...

Love it! The toile is perfect!

Betsy said...

Looks great and so very resourceful of you!

Screaming Meme said...

Miss Sandy Toes! I think you did a great job! :) Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Very cute..............................

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Oohh...I LOVE it!! Very adorable...and handmade too!

Felicia said...

I love me some toile!

That's just what that little lamp needed, and it turned out so cute.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a great idea for using what you have!! :)

Valarie Lea said...

LOVE IT!!! That looks great, you did such a good job on it. :)

Joanna said...

Thinking outside of the box was an excellent idea! Looks wonderful.

AnnaSam said...

Deb,
Love the lamp. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing and I am off to look at all your great recipes I have missed in the last couple of weeks. Have a blessed day!
Juanita

Jessica said...

Very cute!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love it. Toile is one of my faves too...such a classic!!!

michele said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE it!! So cute! And your photos show it off sooo well!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love it!!! I did that once-but I needed my husband's help so I didn't burn myself! I was a wreak, but the lamp turned out great. I love how you used a placemat...very creative!!!

nikkicrumpet said...

You are such a crafty little devil aren't you...that turned out so darn cute! I love the fringe detail. Brilliant!!!

Tricia Anne said...

That is fantastic!!! What an adorable lamp shade and the fluff at the top ... LOVE IT!! :o)

Carrie said...

How clever of you! Great job!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh no! Where is your entry for I heart faces? You were the one that inspired me to do it...

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

This looks so good! I love not spending money and getting something new! Great job!
-Kim

the voice of melody said...

Very clever and so cute!

Femin Susan said...

Hi,
Very cute...I love your new lamp shades..your creations are extremely attractive. How did you cope with such ideas?.. Let your creations reach beyond our imaginations.

Michele said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE the new lampshade! I'm impressed!

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Oh, yeah. Great idea! It looks wonderful. ~Mindy

Stacey said...

Adorable! I love it!

The Decorated House said...

How cute is that!? Love it.

(I was on my way over to tell you about the GiveAway since you had posted earlier today, but you found it already! LOL Good Luck!)

Donna

Sarah Mae said...

That is AWESOME! What a great idea - very industrious.

By the way, I noticed you found me poetry blog...my main blog is Like A Warm Cup Of Coffee. Just thought I'd let ya know! :)

Pam D said...

THAT is so cute! Sort of an everyday reminder of how all things work together for the good.... even placemats and lampshades! You are so creative....

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Oh that is super cute! I really need to get some toile in my house. I've loved it for years and years...and yet I don't have any!!

~ Sarah

Betsy said...

Just coming over to say hi! I love your blog and that lamp is super cute!!

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

love it - well done, girl!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I LOVE it! I have recovered lampshades with fabric but not placemats...you have opened up new poss. to me! I love that base too. cherry

jenjen said...

What a cute project! I love toile. It looks great!

Love your blog!

Jen

The Blonde Duck said...

You are so talented! I can barely buy a lampshade.

Smelling Coffee said...

I love what you did with the lamp shade! I've been missing your creative ideas - on my way to catch up with your past 6 posts! :-)

Lindsey said...

stopping by from SITS! I love the lamp! You are so crafty!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

So cute! I am so impressed that you are shopping your own house and your husband thought you had gone shopping for real! :) It's adorable!
Carrie

The Berry's Patch said...

Oh, it turned out nice! Great job. I love it when I create something and didn't spend a dime. That glue gun can be mean sometimes. :-)

The Muse said...

Now really...do you have any doubt that the Muse would not fancy this creation? lol
Fab job!!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Sandy,
That lamp is so cute! It makes you feel good to 'shop your house' doesn't it?

We all have so much, we forget what we have. LOL

:)Diane

Our Complete Family said...

It turned out so sweet! Love it! And, I see the project you did awhile back peeking out...the framed one with the ribbons. They go together GREAT hun!
Happy Tuesday to you~ Les

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

beautiful lamp!!

Brittany said...

Very cute!

AnNicole said...

I love that toile! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

So cute! I love toile anything! Great job~

Jo said...

Great lamp!
I love the green toile ~ in fact I'm making curtains out of that same fabric ~ such fabulous taste we share! :)

Jo

Shannon said...

This is so cute! I love this idea. I have a few lampshades I want to recover. Thanks for the inspiration!

Katie said...

WOW< so cute, very creative. I love to shop the house and move stuff around make old new. You get the idea what all of us in decorating blog land are obessed about. Good Job.

beth at aunties said...

It turned out so cute! For free:)Isn't it great when the creative juices flow? Thanks for sharing!

Kacey R. said...

Stinkin' CUTE! And those hot glue guns are evil! I've almost hot glued myself to my craft desk too many times. LOL

Christine said...

What a lovely lamp.

The Bliss Journey said...

Very, very cute.
Kathleen

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Perfect

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

Love the lamp redo! I have many placemats I have bought and don't use so now I will have to see what I can make out of them.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE it! I am a big believer in using what you have and giving it a good makeover. Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose!

~Amanda

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

I LOVE it! The fringe is such a nice touch!