Thursday, January 20

Nothing Beyond Hope.

 DIY'ers:  I have the proof.  Say it out loud:   

Nothing is beyond hope.

Oh really?  Don't believe me?  Well, this lamp came pretty close.  



I almost threw it away.  Y'all....it was SO UGLY!!  There was nothing I liked about it.  Not.A.Single.Thing.   Sad, I know.

But just like in real life, some things most things require patience.  I had to let this one sit for a while.  I thought that maybe with a little bit of time, the creative juices would start flowing and I would come up with a plan to make it look better. Well, it sat...and it sat...and it sat....for a very...long...time...

And then it sat half-finished for even longer than that.  Have you ever tried to find an affordable lampshade for something so large?  Why are lampshades so ridiculously expensive anyway?  
I really thought the lamp was doomed.

But then the Habitat Re-Store came to my rescue and I finally found a shade big enough at a decent price...it just needed a makeover as well.  
{I HIGHLY recommend a visit to the Habitat Re-Store if you live anywhere near one!}

So, at long last, after at least 6 months of sitting, the lamp is completely made-over. 

Material List:  one retro-fabulous lamp, one cheap lampshade, spray primer and spray paint of your choosing, dark stain for glaze, sandpaper for distressing, jute rope {at least 300 feet, yes three-hundred, no lie}, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, scrap burlap for rosettes, decorative ribbon, fancy thumb tacks or buttons, and a TON of patience.  Oh, a glass of wine and a good TV show wouldn't hurt either.  This will come in handy when you spend a couple hours wrapping up the shade with the rope.












Ok, so what did I learn?  Nothing is beyond hope.  Not an ugly lamp.  Not a project that sits for half a year.  Not anything in our lives.  Not a dream, not a vision, not a person, not a prayer.  

There is nothing worthy to be given up on.  

Ok?  I love you guys!
 
xo
LeAnne
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24 comments:

  1. you totally cleaned that up nicely! i think i would have passed it up... i know, iknow! you worked a miracle!

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  2. Very nice...you are soooooooooooo creative. Just how big is that lamp? Are rosettes becoming your signature trademark?

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  3. wow! That's a lot of rope! I would have needed a whole bottle of wine to get that done. ;)
    I really like it!

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  4. love love love the lamp!!!! This is so cute!

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  5. This is SO cute! I was just about to throw out some old lamps...looks like i'll be keeping them around for a bit!

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  6. LE-ANNE ! I happened upon your blog via miss mustard seed. Can I just say a. I LOVEEEEEE what you did with this lamp. I mean AB-so-LUTE-Ly love it. it would be 500 on anthropology for sure! It's so cute. the base color is spot on. It's just perfect. It would look amazing in any room from a laundry to a girls bedroom...it's awesome. b. I love how you incorporated "HOPE" into the post...so true. SO freaking true. NOTHING is without hope. I love that. Sorry to go on and on about the lamp maybe it's the coffee I just drank but I am pretty sure it's the fact that you inspired this girl on a snowy cold morning in Pa. God bless

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  7. I am in love with that lamp shade! You did such a fabulous job on it. :)

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  8. LOve this! I have some lampshades sitting around, now to find the rest of the materials! Found your blog through 504 Main.

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  9. This looks amazing! I love how you rescued it! Great job!

    p.s. I hope you got my email regarding the giveaway options. If you don't like them, then let me know and we'll think of something that works for you! Thanks! :)

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  10. This is spectacular!!! I love it! Follow worthy you are!

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  11. This is wonderful! You did an incredible job! I would be delighted if you would share this at my VIP party @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/01/vip-party-1.html

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  12. Nothing's beyond hope if you have a really, really, good eye and creative mind! What a transformation! Really turned out lovely.

    Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

    http://MuralMaker1.blogspot.com

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  13. Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again next week =)

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  14. Love it and that shade is adorable! I think I have a shade that needs some sprucing up ~ definitely going to try this. Thanks!

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  15. Hi there- I just found your blog via Miss Mustard Seed---
    This lamp is so dang cute!!!! love love love it!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jenny B

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  16. Sometimes just walking away from something comes the best design. You did a fabulous job on transforming the ugly to the lovely. I love the whole look.

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  17. Can you hear me screaming....I LOVE IT! That lamp shade is the bomb diggity dog!

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  18. Whoa mamasita......pretty darn cute!

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  19. LeAnne, I love your rescued lamp and the shade is beautiful! I love the little ruffle and the rosettes.

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  20. I'm highlighting this project at my VIP party tomorrow!

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  21. LOVELY! I adore the ruffled edge especially. I love what you said at the end, too. Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday!

    Jami

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  22. I had the same Idea(never implemented though) but with Knit and Crochet to give some color. But it is actually nice to see in implementation :)

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  23. Thanks so much for sharing your idea....fantastic. I can afford tabacco twine for sure {or as you call it - jute} Now, I can finally pretty up my lampshades to my beautiful milk glass lamps. They have sat quite a long time as well as I try and find the shade I wanted; but could not afford.

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