Keeping It Simple –Spring Spruce Up

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I hadn’t done a newsletter since February, I think the winter just dragged me down down down.  Like everyone else, it’s just gone on too long.  I wanted to share this project because I that it might be just the ticket to kick us all out of our doldrums and I am sure my newsletter folks won’t mind.  If you haven’t signed up, you can do son on my side bar…just pop in your email and your all set!

Five bucks, that’s what this project cost, plus some papers from my stash….who doesn’t love a project for $5.

I found an old lamp shade, and quite a nice tall one at my local thrift.  It’s 14″ tall and 14″ across, quite big and I was thrilled to see it on the shelf.  These big shades are hard to come by and I have in mind to turn it into a hanging lamp with an LED bulb inside, energy conservation is where it’s at.

Plain old vanilla linen, but not too badly stained.  I dug out some bright, teals and neutral hand made papers(think Paper Source and Dick Blick in the US).  A bit of orange of course and some vintage book pages, vintage song sheets and some map bits.  Collage pauge is my glue of choice so I liberally applied it both to the shade and the papers. There are wrinkles, there are some bubbles but I quite like the texture…When it was finished, I used a metallic blue to painted the stained top and bottom edges and to randomly brush some marks all over the papers.  Dried for 24 hours and applied more sealer, another 24 hours and another coat of sealer.

Voila, new, colorful and makes me oh so happy lamp shade.  Here are a few shots round the shade.

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Thanks to Sharon Borsavage for that wonderful printed tissue she wrapped one of my etsy buys in.  I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use it one, and now I have it.



  1. What a fun project ! It looks so springy and bright. And lord knows we can all use that !
    I could see something like this in my new FLa home !
    Hope the spring juices get a flowing in us all soon!

  2. We need to see a picture when you’ve got it hung. It’s going to be gorgeous lit from the inside!

  3. NancyLee says:

    You are having way too much fun! Love the different papers,and colors!

  4. How fun! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for a shade to salvage! What a great project to herald spring.

  5. VERY cool Corrine! I’d say that is another fabulous repurpose!

  6. Great project…and I’ll bet it sends some fabulous patterns and colours around the room.

  7. I want to see what it looks like when you get it up. Great idea!

  8. What a happy and wonderful lampshade – I love your fantastic project Corinne!

  9. It looks good.

  10. How cool is this? I love it! I agree; a picture, please, when you have it hung. xo

  11. Wow, wow! Totally cool, this will put sunshine into the darkest of days! Valerie

  12. Oh yes, this would cheer someone up, despite the weather. Would love to see it when the light’s on!

  13. This is so great Corrine. It can be a great conversation starter when people see it in your home. “Where did you get that lamp shade?”…”Well, let me tell you…” 🙂 xo

  14. Your lampshade is wonderful…what a joy to see it day and night I’m sure!!!

  15. I am eyeballing lampshades in a whole new way thanks to you Corrine!

  16. What a wonderful project! Your lampshade is really great! Wonderful idea!

  17. A great idea Corrine, I would never have thought a plain shade in fabric, could be such a fantastic new lamp shade. I wonder if it could be done with a smell one,too-or maybe the paint and sealer will be to close of the warm light bulb…
    Thank you for your happy weekend letter 🙂
    Dorthe, xo

  18. I will be visiting some second-hand and thrift shops on the Cape next weekend, so will now be on the lookout for lamp shades! What an absolutely cool project, Corrine! The metallic blue looks perfect on the trim. I love the random choice of papers you used, especially the map! Well done, my friend!

  19. Thanks for this great idea. I have an old lamp with a kinda wrecked shade but it has pleating on it. I could probably figure something out, you have got my gray matter working.

  20. Oh I love the look of this, stylish and so creative dear friend!

  21. Ohhh how I love your project!! what a gorgeous idea, use those papers for your lampshade! Love the colorful dots-paper…and the cherrytree-blooms, the yummy wrapping pager and yes of course the maps! I have to try this out soon 🙂 ans I am so pround you do this with Mix It Monthly in mind ♥ Conny

  22. thanks be to Sharon, what a great project!!

  23. Very fun idea and I even have the perfect drum shaped shade……just don’t think I’m brave enough to try it since it’s in my main living area. Maybe someday….. But, you’re definitely inspiring!

  24. It’s fabulous! I hope you share a picture of it when you hang it up.

  25. Hello Corrine , As you know I like your work so I have nominated you to Liebster award. For more details, you can stop by my blog:

  26. This speaks to me, because I have a TON of old lamp shades I can get my hands on, and they won’t cost me anything. This totally fits in nicely with my recycle posts for April. You did a fantastic job. I look forward to seeing the finished lamp/lighting fixture.

  27. This will be lovely when it is lit in the evening, it’s a nice change to see a different use of collage.

  28. This is s fun, spring project. I feel better already! Our beautiful spring weather isn’t hurting either. xo

  29. Love your fun and beautiful project, just spotted it on Mix it Monthly, Annette x

  30. Wow…great project!

  31. I Love it!!! So happy, this would please me everytime I turned on the light 🙂

  32. Such a wonderful project!

  33. Super! Love all the different patterns and colors. Bet this looks awesome lit up in a dark room.

  34. awesome! This is just wonderful!

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