Monday, August 27, 2007

Seeing Things In a New Light

I'm happy to come to you today with a project!!! Better yet, a monogramming project. Even better? You can do it yourself and it's so easy.
BabyGirl's bedroom in our old house was truly my favorite room in the house. Loved it. I put it all together when I was pregnant and had all those great hormonal creative ideas. Her room in the new (old) house, however, is another story entirely. I've really been struggling to come up with an overall theme that I'm happy with. One of my first priorities was getting new lamps. Her old room had cute little lampshades covered with hot pink gerbera daisies. Terribly cute, but not for her new room. So, I headed over to Tarjay to find some inspiration. I had thought about buying one of the adorable lampshades I've seen online that have the ribbon and the monogramming but wasn't sure I'd like the colors. And, I'm more into instant gratification. None of this waiting for the mail stuff. I picked out a cute white shade trimmed in pink ric rac and a matching base. Total cost was less than $25. Then I had an epiphany and thought, "Why not monogram it myself?".
Oh, I know why! I don't have an artistic bone in my body.
I headed over to the local craft store (we have A.C. Moore around here, but Michael's or Hobby Lobby would work, too) and bought some letter stencils. I bought 5 inch letters for the center and four inch letters for either side. I bought some pink paint and a stencil brush and headed home.
All in all, this project took me less than ten minutes once I got started. I simply taped the middle letter of the monogram on first and stenciled it in. I let it dry a bit and then did the smaller letters on the side. I went over it all again with a regular paintbrush, filling in the spaces left from the stencil and making the letters a little curlier, which was more to my liking. Then, voila! A plain shade turned into an adorable, personalized lamp. Now I'm thinking I'm going to monogram her table and chairs that I've been re-painting. Look for the sequal in days to come...

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8 comments:

Steph said...

How cute! I may just have to try that too!

The 5 Bickies said...

That is adorable! For someone who says they are not crafty you did a great job! I have the perfect lamp in my daughter's room to monogram...hmmm...take 3 kids to Michael's today????

sle said...

very inspiring!

The Doctor's Wife said...

OMG. I just took my two to A.C. Moore and I'm ready for my Gin and Tonic NOW. It's five o'clock somewhere, right???

Tickled Pink Designs said...

Love the lamp shade. I did the same thing with my boys lamps. (only i just did the monogram free hand) For my older, I just did the first initial of his name, and the younger, his whole monogram. I love them! They share a room, and it really helps define their own spaces.
Great Job!! (of course it's 5 o'clock somewhere...)

magnolia mama said...

What a cute idea!

Happy Homemaker said...

So cute!

Preppy Napkin said...

Don't let her fool you-she is very talented!