November 20, 2011

Mercury Glass, Monograms and Burlap

What do these three things have in common?   Well, for one thing, I think most everybody I know of (especially here in blog land) love any one of them.    I was lucky enough to incorporate all three in a quick little project I did this weekend.   

Let me back up a little bit….a few weeks ago I had gone to Prattville with daughter while she got a hair cut.    One of my favorite flea markets is practically in the backyard of the beauty shop.    So while she got “the works” I headed over to kill about an hour while waiting on her.     I really wasn’t looking for anything, but “just looking” as they say.    I put a few things in my buggy including a cute wicker lamp for $9.99.    Why the heck I left it (and everything else I’d picked up) I don’t know.   Do you ever get like that?    Put something in your buggy and then just leave it in the store?     Ever since then, that lamp’s been on my mind.   I knew I wanted to use it in my bookcase makeover but couldn’t justify a trip back to Prattville to look for it.     (BTW, hubby and I went yesterday and I looked all over but couldn’t find it anywhere at the flea market).     Anyway, Friday I was in Wal Mart, again killing time while mama got her stuff (she wants to do her thing without me following her around).     I was in the lamp department hoping to find a lamp similar to the one I had left behind.    While I didn’t find anything wicker the size I was looking for, I did see a cute little round mercury glass lamp for $9.99!!!     I grabbed it knowing what I would do with it when I got home.    The shade was plain Jane white but it wasn’t staying like that for long.


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My plan was to either cover the shade with sheet music or burlap.   I quickly decided on burlap because I really liked the way the texture of the burlap contrasted with the shine of the mercury glass.      Got my pattern cut out for the shade and then adhered it to the shade.    No tutorials on this, most everyone knows how to make the shade pattern and I just hot glued the burlap on at the back seam.      I wanted to stencil something, maybe numbers, but I was using the numbers and writing on my Kraft paper covered books and I didn’t want to over-do that look.     I remembered I had a vinyl stencil with our initials I had won 1-2 years ago but never used.    I got it out and placed it on the burlap covered shade.     Let me say that if it had been any larger it would not have fit.     I tried rubbing it onto the burlap using a wooden spoon and even a knife but it would not stick to the burlap.    Finally, I just used my fingernail and gently pulled off the sticky paper….not easy but it worked.

Do you want to see how it turned out?    I love it!


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That’s not hot glue hanging off the bottom…not sure what it is because I just looked at it in person and don’t see it!!   Crazy, huh?   I’ve started working on covering some of my books with Kraft paper and writing on the spines.    It’s hard to write on those books but it doesn’t look bad enough for me to scrap these three.


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The No.1 and No.2 books above were inspired by this photo.    I messed up by not  writing No. 1 on the smaller book…..oh well.    I’m going to use a mix of Kraft paper covered books, book bundles and other neutral covered books.   I don’t want to cover all of them, I think it’s more interesting to mix them up.


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What do you think?    I have seen some of these in magazines and they are quite expensive.     This lamp project cost me $9.99 as I had the burlap, the trim and the stencil.      I’m still working on the bookcases, and these two shelves you see are all I’ve done.

This is our old cheap bookcase I’m working with.    I would love to cover the back with something bright instead of all that faux wood.    But it is what it is so for now I’m just working with what I’ve got.

I’ve been a busy girl lately!   Sometimes I get these energetic spurts and take advantage of it.     I’ve been covering books, writing on book spines, made this lamp shade and also made a Christmas present for daughter with an old tray and chalkboard paint.    I’ll share that later on.     

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and you get to spend it with the ones you love.


Linking to:   Amaze Me Monday



NanaDiana said...

Judy- That lamp is really cute! I love what you did with the shade-it's perfect and the monogram looks wonderful.

I have done that before...put stuff in my cart and then walked off and left it. This is the first time I ever admitted it though!;>) xo Diana

Amy Kinser said...

Love your lamp! The shade is just perfect. Happy early Thanksgiving.

Pine Tree Home said...

I really like all things monogramed lately. Good choice.

Angela said...

Great idea. I love it.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very pretty Judy, I love it!! Martina

joanne said...

stinkin' cute! I'll be heading out to Walmart tomorrow..ha. Seems I have to get inspired to decorate for the holidays soon.

I often put stuff in the buggy and then chenge my mind and then change it back and kick myself because it's gone in the mean time. on sentence!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sorry that you didn't find that wicker lamp when you went back, but LOVE the one that you found at Wal-Mart. CUTE CUTE lamp shade...the monogram makes it!!!


Cheri said...

Nice job on the it. I wouldn't have thought about doing the burlap on the shade. Great thinking outside the box.

Simply LKJ said...

Love the lamp! You are so right, mercury glass, burlap, monograms...what's not to love?!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Ramona C said...

Judy, this lamp is so cute. I love it! The burlap and stencils were a great addition to an already lovely lamp. Great job.


Shannon {aka}|design said...

Wow! I adore the contrast between the shiny lamp base and the burlap and monogrammed shade!

Anonymous said...

i love the lamp...very pretty and the monogram is great.

I think the 'thing' you see that looks as if it's hanging off the lamp is just a reflection of the lamp on the wall. :-)


Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

Huh. I am setting my Thanksgiving table just now, (of course, I had to get on my PC to get some ideas) and oddly enough, my table is a combination of silver, ironstone, and burlap! I am now scratching my head as to where I can also add our monogram! :)
I adore the silver lamp. I wouldn't miss the wicker one :) The burlap wouldn't have looked as nice with the wicker anyway!
Well, I pray that your home is a happy, grateful place this week (and always)!
P.S. Did your daughter like her new "do"?

Diana said...

Love it, Judy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Highpoint Circle said...

Too stinkin' cute! What a great post and a beautiful lamp. And, yes, my daughter gets so frustrated when I like something and won't buy it--guilty! highpointcircle.

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

This is so cool! I love it! I'm a new follower. I hope you'll follow me back but no pressure :-)

Debbie refresh restyle said...

I love it! I'm a fan of all your ingredients--mercury glass, burlap and initials! It's perfect.

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