Lampshade Change Up

Oh my goodness it’s been a while. The last couple of weeks went by quickly. I have been busy with a couple of projects and buying a few things for more projects to work on. This one particular project that I will talk about covers both upcycling an item (which I try to do as much as possible) and macrame (a new love). This is an upcycle project that I’ve been wanting to do, but didn’t know exactly the direction I wanted to take it. Then I finally figured something out and it includes my new hobby.

So below is a picture of what I started with.

This was a lampshade from a lamp that I purchased last year at a garage sale. I liked the lamp based but didn’t really care for the shade.

I didn’t really like the shade. I know it would be easier to just purchase a new shade but I wanted to include my new hobby, macrame. So I gutted out the shade. It was double sided on outside and inside of the shade frame. Gutting it out was somewhat challenging but I got it all off.

On Pinterest and Instagram, I saw many examples and posts of macrame lampshades. There are so many great ideas. Such variety of styles and looks to make. I found I believe a 9mm 3-ply rope at my local dollar store. Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe they are starting to carry this particular item. I was so excited and grabbed a few. So I cut a piece of that chunky rope and hot glued it to the top rim of the shade. I then used my 3mm 3-ply cord and strung it around the top portion of the shade. Below are some pictures of what I did.

My next step was to cut out several pieces of my 3mm 3-ply cord that was about 3-4 times the length of the lamp shade. (The length will depend on the kind of detail you want on the macrame. If it is a design with lots of detail, then you should add more cord length before cutting pieces.) I did a Lark’s Head knot on each cord piece and tied enough to go all the way around. Below is picture of what I did.

Once I did that, created a design that was simple enough to make and multiplied it around the shade. I used Diagonal Clove Hitch knots, Square knots, and Overhand knots. I then tied the cords to the bottom of the shade. Below are some pictures of what I did.

To finish things off, I added more cord using Lark’s Head knots all around the bottom rim of the shade. I cut off the cord unevenly and frayed the ends off to give it a flowing and finished look. Below is a picture of this step.

I think it turned out great. I love how it turned out. Now the lamp has a whole new look. I also changed the light bulb to a LED bulb so it wouldn’t get too hot and burn the cord. Also this lamp is not a lamp I use all the time. It’s more for when I want some dim lighting when I am watching T.V.

I had a lot of fun working on this project. It took a little bit of time but I think it was because this was my first try at it. Now I’m looking around my house seeing if I can transform other lamp shades or transform other items with macrame.

I truly hope you enjoyed this. I have done other macrame projects. If you like to check them out, you can go to my Instagram account @jscreativeinnovations.

Thanks again,

Janette

Renewing a cedar chest

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Oh my goodness I finally found a chest to put our blankets in when we are not using them. It’s been something that I’ve wanted to get for a while. Before getting the cedar chest, a lot of our blankets were either piled up on top of each other in a corner on the floor somewhere or piled on our ottoman. It was so annoying. In our house, it originally had only one narrow linen closet for the entire house with 4 bedrooms. After we moved in, we added a very small and narrow linen closet for the upstairs. Even though it helped us with a little more storage space, it didn’t really help us out much with all the blankets that we have. Our blankets are quite chunky and heavy and take a bit of space. I just knew we needed to get some sort of trunk or chest to put the blankets away when not in use.

I have to say it took some time to find what I was looking for. Getting a trunk or a cedar chest is not cheep. I’ve looked in various places for new and old ones. The new ones are way too expensive. We didn’t want to put in too much money. Some previously owned ones were not cheap either. Plus finding the one I was looking for was really narrowing down my options.

For a while, my husband and I would look on FB Marketplace to hopefully find the one we like and for a descent price. Oh my goodness what we found were quite interesting. Some were more than what we wanted to invest in. Some were just too out of shape to even fix up. Honestly this was just suppose to be a fun little project for me to do. Upcycling a piece of furniture for a low price was the goal here. Finally one day my husband found one on sale for like $30. I was perfect! The right size and the right look that I wanted for the space that I had in mind.

Well unfortunately I did not take a picture of a before cedar chest. I am quite bummed. Don’t know why, but as you can see above the beginning process of fixing up the chest. The stripping and sanding took a bit of time. More than what I was expecting to do, but it was worth it when it was all done.

Next step, cleaning up and picking the paint colors to paint it.

Thankfully it was a sunny day and perfect for painting the chest outside. As you can see I chose a white paint that we had in our garage for some time now. It was from when we previously painted a room. I painted the base of the chest white and chose a gray paint, from a previous project, to paint the top. The colors I chose goes well with the room that it will go in.

After the paint dried from two coats, I used a fine grit sandpaper to sand down the edges to give it a distressed look. I think it looks pretty cool.

Last step, finding its home and fulfilling its purpose.

Well it was finally time to put it in its new home, the family room. I am so thrilled of how it turned out. No more blankets piled around on the floor or on top of the ottoman or even occasionally just hanging out on the couch. A home for our blankets. So glad I went through this process. I was fun and gave me something to do being stuck at home.

I do have another furniture decor upcycle in the works. I hope to finish it soon to share it with you all.

See you next time,

Janette

Flower Vase Upgrade

So with trying to limit our outings to only when necessary, I’ve thought of another upcycling project that of course I had at home. Didn’t have to go out to buy anything that I used in this project. It’s actually quite simple, but maybe some bit of time was needed to create the project. Of course it was my very first time doing this so usually the first tries take long and are sloppy. I’m sure the next time I do this project again, it won’t take as long. I decorated a simple flower vase, that you probably get from a floral arrangement, with macrame. A project that involves two things that I like to do; reusing and recycling.

Well I started out with a floral vase that I had sitting around in my house literally for a couple of years. Don’t know why I still had it, but something told me to keep it around. I guess this is why.

I began by measuring the neck of the vase which was about 10 inches around. I grabbed my 3 strand 3mm cord and cut about 20 inches. I wrapped the cord a bit loose so that it can be a base for the other cords for the macrame pattern. I finished off this base cord with a simple overhand knot. I left a little extra cord to give a tie look

I then added 12 cords of 26 inches in length and tied a Lark’s head knot all around.

Once I got all the cords set, I worked in a simple pattern of staggering square knots all around. I did about a couple of rows of square knots. On the last row, I again I made overhand knots staggering to give it a finished look.

I think this turned out pretty cute. A very simple project using a simple item that you may have at home already. If you don’t have macrame cord, you can probably use yarn or twine. That would be neat to see how that would look. I feel this addition just gives the vase some warmth and texture to its rather cold and slick original state.

I will try this again to any more floral vases I receive. It will definitely add a little something more to those plain vases. Give it a try and see what you come up with.

Janette

Candle Holder to a Mini Faux Chandelier

Now this is a quick little upcycle project that I did a while ago for my daughter’s room that I wanted to share. A while prior to even thinking of redecorating her room, I went to a local flea market and found this very simple hanging candle holder that had a bright color blue to it. Now it wasn’t ideal but I thought it was cute and new I could do something with it. So I bought it and thankfully it wasn’t that expensive.

Of course, I had it stored away somewhere in the house not knowing what would be its purpose but I had it. Until it dawned on my while I was redecorating my daughter’s room. I wanted her room to look nice and grown up since she was about 14 almost 15. I wanted something pretty and elegant. There was not particular theme in mind to her room. We went with the colors grey and rose gold. She really loved those colors. We also added some wall decor items that were of arrows and feathers. Really cute!

To add something extra and nice to the room, I created a faux mini chandelier from the hanging candle holder that I had.

Now I am a less is more kind of person so I didn’t go too crazy in the “chandelier” idea. What I did was I spray painted the holder with a bronze color spray paint with the texture in it. I got the spray paint at a local hardware store. I know it’s hard to tell here with the lighting not being that great. I was able to cover the blue on the holder so you can’t see it. I then purchased the crystals that you see hanging. (I honestly do not recall where I purchased these, but I did find them online.) It was great because the crystals came in long chains so I was able to play around with lengths that I needed to create the look I was going for. It was easy to take apart the chains to the desired length using needle nose pliers. I was able to hook the crystal chains onto the candle holder to make this look.

Even though I didn’t add any kind of light fixture to it (hence the name faux chandelier), I thought it gave the room that touch of elegance. I hung it up on the ceiling in the area where there is a dormer. It’s right above my daughter’s desk. I think it turned out cute. My daughter loves it as well and the bonus was that it was inexpensive. If I recall correctly, I think it was around $25 to make this. Of course it’s been a while so I don’t remember the exact amount.

So I hope you enjoyed reading this quick little project that I did a while ago. I really enjoyed doing it and hope to do more fun projects like this one.

Drink Wine? If so, what do you do with the bottles?

My husband and I like to drink wine. We like to try different kinds. After a while you realize that you go through some and have all these glass wine bottles. Now I recycle them all the time. Grateful that my local recycling center recycles glass. After recycling many wine bottles, I asked myself what else can I do with them. There has to be something.

Some of my wine bottles waiting to be made into something new.

After looking around through Pinterest for ideas, I was amazed of what is out there. So many creative ideas. Awesomeness! So I created a couple of upcycled wine bottles. I think it goes well in my house with the decor. As you will see, I was going for the farmhouse look. I’ve always felt this style was best suited for me. I feel it is warm and inviting.

Are these not pretty? I love them.
Of course after removing the labels, I wrapped this jute twine all around covering the majority of the bottle. I used hot glue here and there to keep it adhered to the bottle. Then I had these flower embellishments from my scrapbooking stash. I had several different kinds of styles and sizes in which I layered them and attached them together with some flower brads. I then hot glued the flower groups onto the bottle. I think it turned out great and the flowers gave it a softer look against the course jute twine.
Now this one was fun to make as well. As you can see, I painted this bottle with white acrylic paint that I had on hand. After it dried, I glued on 3 layers of this ribbon that I got at my local dollar store. I then wrapped around, a few times, this thin jute twine from the dollar store as well. I felt like this bottle needed something more so attached these beads and key charm that was in my stash. I think it turned out great as well.

Well another upcycled project that I did. I think they turned out great. I do love where I have them in my house. I did think about trying to cut the glass for a specific project but I am not sure about it yet. I guess we’ll see if I can get my hands on the tools to cutting glass.

Oh Those Photo Frames! What Else To Do With Them…

Oh my goodness so many photo frames out there. It amazes me how many. You know if you really need a photo frame, you can find many of various sizes, colors, and styles at local consignment shops and/or local thrift stores. A lot of times you can find a descent frame at a lower cost compared to a new one. Well at least in my experience I have found descent and inexpensive frames out there at my local consignment/thrift shops. It really doesn’t bother me that they are not new.

It has become a benefit to me to find these types of frames at their low cost. Not only to get more frames for pictures but for decor projects. Originally someone suggested to decorate the background of the frames with scrapbook paper and embellishments like doing a scrapbook layout. I was just not feeling it. The idea is great but I was just not motivated to do it.

Then an idea! After seeing so many beautiful wreaths on Pinterest, You Tube and at the stores, I got an idea. Why not make a wreath out of the these frames. Square wreaths, why not! I am sure I picked up the idea somewhere and truly don’t know where. I thought it was a neat idea and still do. Something a bit different from the typical circle wreaths.

Here are examples and how I created them…

Now this frame I painted it and distressed it a bit. Then I wrapped some jute twine all around but obviously not covering up the entire frame. I added the burlap leaves, ribbon and flower at the bottom.
Now this one a little bit more simple. I painted it as well and added the flowers on the corners. I then wrapped and glued the burlap ribbon and the word “Welcome”.
This frame is smaller, but just as lovely as the other frame wreaths. So again I painted the frame and distressed. I added the burlap ribbon and flower. I glued the word “Harvest” onto the burlap ribbon. Before I glued the word, I painted the “Harvest” word.

Now all the materials came from local thrift stores and dollar stores and also some items I had on had. Oh almost forgot, that all of these frame upcyclings are wood frames and was easy to paint. I thoroughly enjoyed making these transformations and plan to make more.