Some projects are smooth sailing the entire way, like this, and some are NOT!
From the get-go this project was just fail, fail, fail – it had FAIL written all over it. BUT once I put my “thinking cap” on, things made a little turn for the better. The result? well…you have to read on to find out how ~
To give you a peak, this is the end result, but it took some time getting here (to say the least).
The story begins in a
far away castle with a princess searching for a crowned jewel garage with a DIYer attempting to revamp a lampshade.
I felt like our front room (a.k.a. living room) needed another reading lamp. I had an extra lamp base and shade in the basement and thought it would be a perfect addition to the space. The lamp base was slender and the shade wasn’t overly big, and I knew it was the right size and shape to fit well with the other lamp and hanging fixture in the room. What I wasn’t thrilled with was the austere white shade. The room has warmer tones and the shade was too stark.
What to do?
Spray paint is the answer! A little spray paint can do wonders, right?!
I set off with my can of spray paint in hand, and worked this baby over!
I’m spraying and spraying, but something is wrong. The shade isn’t looking as I envisioned, UGH! After it completely dried, the paint started to flake off and it looked like piles on an old, worn sweater.
What to do ? What to do?
I thought and thought?
How about sandpaper?? Spray paint always does the trick in making something over and sandpaper does the trick to take something off!
So I started lightly sanding and thought, this is looking good… Can this project be a complete FAIL turned SUCCESS??
Well, I continue my sanding around the entire shade, and yes, it worked! THANK YOU BRAIN!
I was really liking how the sandpaper gave the shade a leather-like texture.
And here it is in the space~
That’s just right! It’s a perfect spot and PERFECT COLOR! Just what I envisioned all along (NOT) – but I have to say, I’m quite pleased! (And guess what, that lamp base didn’t always look like that – stay tuned and I’ll share that makeover soon!)
One last thing I had to show you…
I made a little boo-boo on the driveway while spray painting – Oops!
Advice: Put a tarp under your spray painting area – Lesson Learned
In the end, all went well, but as you can see, not every project is a success. To be honest, many DO NOT turn out as planned, but that’s the fun of DIYing (sometimes)