Lampshades to LOVE

 I just can't leave well enough alone...
 I usually buy my home decor items - like lamps - at thrift stores and garage & vintage sales,
and they usually come with lampshades.
Thing is, I never like them! 
I love the lamp base, which is why I buy it,
but then I always have to add something or deconstruct something to do with the shade
to make it something I can live with... or sell.

Like MOST of my projects,
it's not really complicated...
The lamp on the left has a perfectly acceptable shade, right?
I thought so too, but when I sat it in the vignette in my vintage decor booth*,
all of the lovely detail of the three 'candles' beneath that shade became invisible.

I knew I had to do something, so I looked around me to see what I had to work with...
and my eyes stopped on those rusty, crusty wire garden baskets 
hanging from a chandelier over the table.
There was one more of them sitting under the table, and I grabbed it,
flipped it over, and sat it on top of the lampshade (shown on the right).

The wire brought out the metal tones of the three 'candles' under the shade,
and the whole thing looked a lot more 'vintage' - easy-peasy.
This lampshade started out as a simple wire frame from a thrift shop.
I tore strips of red ticking cotton fabric and found some vintage red velvet ribbon,
and simply tied loops of each around the frame.
I think it took me a whopping 15 minutes from start to finish.

I like my projects to be 'Fast, Cheap, & Easy'TM!

MORE inspiration:
view more of my lampshade transformations
a super-quick lampshade treatment
one of the most drastic lamp transformations ever

I've used chandelier crystals, metal shoe trees, wire waste baskets,
aprons, vintage piano player music rolls, belts, stencils, sheet music,
vintage linens, wallpaper, vintage ceramic tea cups, and more
to 'foof' up lampshades over the years...

a few that I gathered up in 2013 to share here on HWF:
 I hope you find inspiration for your own unique lampshades here!
Have fun creating!
...we'll leave the light on for ya'... ;)

  *To clarify: This was a few years ago. I am no longer selling at vintage shops & shows.

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the Romance of Pink

 I'm just gonna' leave these riiiiiiight heeeeeeere......

 I came across these beauties that I snapped a few years back
at The Vintage Marketplace show...
the show entry display, created by the very talented Miss Monique,
is so lovely and romantic
that I thought it would be a perfect way to welcome in February!

See ALL of my Valentine's Day posts here

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Transformed with Paint!

Faux Concrete Paint Effects 
faux concrete paint tutorial
One of the posts that keeps popping up as one of my 'Most Popular'
is my 'faux concrete pumpkins paint tutorial'.
I shared it in fall, 2014, and it's gone crazy on social media ever since - all year long!

Well, the other day I saw THIS PHOTO on a friend's fb page...
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(my friend is Theresa Halley Cano, 
Texas antique & junking maven at Garden Antqs Vintage!)
and it inspired me to undertake a new project using my paint technique...

This poor baby :( has been relegated to the side of the house, in oblivion, 
while her white gloss paint chips and peels off in the relentless sun and rain.
My Mom has had this peach swan ceramic planter for over 25 years!
Two years ago, I painted it white and she starred in a Mother's Day blog post,
...but she hasn't looked like that for quite some time now.

 I took an hour and gave her my simple 'faux concrete' paint treatment,
along with my super-secret ingredient for realistic effect
(its in the tutorial, linked at the bottom of this post!)
and brought her back to life with a classic look:
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faux concrete paint tutorial
Seriously, looking at her you'd never know that she's not made of concrete...
That's the power of paint!

It's all about painting on layers of dry-brushed gray and white,
letting the texture show and building in 'age' and 'wear' with contrast as you go.
I've painted many things using this easy method over the years...
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... formerly hideous gold plaster lamp base and octagonal glass lamp bases
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...styrofoam dollar store pumpkins and a styrofoam wig head
You can use this simple paint method to turn ANY surface into 'faux' concrete!

Click this link to make your own 'concrete' statuary pieces using

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I'm new to the Instagram game, but sure having fun!

I'm intent on mixing things up over there, 
sharing content that reflects many facets of me:
my retail store design & display styling projects,
the DIY seasonal home decor inspiration that I share here on hWf,
(including my favorite color - Rose Gold - and sparkling chandeliers)
and fun snaps from when I am at Disneyland!

Once in awhile, I even pop in a shot of my four adorable grand kids ;)
I guess that makes me an 'InstaGrammy'

Today was pretty fun...
I shared a pic of Mickey Mouse with his arm around me for #National Hug Day

and a bit later I was notified that THE OFFICIAL MICKEY MOUSE had replied!
(he really DOES give great hugs, you know!)  

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I'd like to invite you to follow me on Instagram... 
and if you leave me a comment below with YOUR Instagram name,
I'll follow you, too!

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