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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I Needed Some Stripes in My Life

So I got some.


Bam!

Ok, let me back it up a bit.  This dresser turned sideboard in my dining room used to look like this.



I used some rub 'n buff in gold leaf on these Target lamps and added some black grosgrain ribbon stripes to the shades.  I also recovered my fabric covered chalkboard with this leopard print fabric and added a larger chalkboard frame on top.  I changed the styling just a little, and I've got a little of this going on now.


This angle is a little different than the before and you can see me in the picture- oops!  I also decided to change the handles on the top drawers to some fun vintage looking knobs I found at HomeGoods.


I kept the round gold part of the handle and just screwed the new knob right over the top.  I love little inexpensive changes that make a big impact.

I've been wanting to add some stripes to my home for a while now and this easy lampshade project was the perfect solution.


Before these lampshades were almost invisible against the light color on the wall, now they stand out without overpowering the room.


I may be a tad addicted to rub 'n buff.  Seriously, someone may need to come and pry it out of my hands.  I'm holding it rocking back and forth saying, "My precious."  ;)  But seriously is it not amazing what just a tiny bit of that stuff can do?!  It totally took these lamps to a whole new level.  I really liked them before, but now I'm in love with them!

Oh wait, was that Beyonce I just heard?  I could have sworn I heard someone say, "Turn the lights on!"


From Lord of the Rings references to Beyonce, heaven help you all, you never know what you're going to get over here.   ;)

Look how great the new striped lampshades look against the ikat wall.


Neutral doesn't have to be boring!

So, have you been craving stripes in your life?  I'll be back tomorrow with an easy tutorial on adding ribbon stripes to your lampshades.  Happy Tuesday!




*Linking up at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Savvy Southern Style, Tatertots and Jello, At the Picket Fence, Thrifty Decor Chick, Young House Love

38 comments:

  1. I've been craving stripes in my life! What a great little makeover!

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  2. Oh my goodness--such beauty and such great styling too. I love the changes and the gold rub-n-buff! Wow.

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  3. i love it, it looks great. thanks for sharing xxx

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  4. GREAT project-- been on the hunt for a simple way to jazz up a lampshade for my Mom Cave. Can't wait for the tutorial!

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  5. I love those stripes. And the rub 'n buff did an AMAZING job! I've been wanting to try that out - I'm definitely going to now!

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  6. Those lampshades look AMAZING, especially against the ikat wall!

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  7. I love it! I need to get some of that rub n' buff, although I don't think I'll ever walk past it in the store again without picturing you the way you described :)

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  8. Fantastic project! I love your whole vignette and that is such a chic idea for the lampshades - I have to try it! ( I am a stripe addict too!)

    xo Allison
    Spicer + Bank
    www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh how cute! So how do you like your lamps? I have the same exact set!! However mine have been relegated to a corner for the moment as we are still working on one of the two rooms they might go into. Ha ha! I love, love, love the changes you made! Have a great week!

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  10. Wow! I love it when seemingly little changes make such a huge impact. Nice job!

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  11. i love the stripes! class and drama all in one!

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  12. All so gorgeous. I love the vignette you created. The stripes are a great impact. {love the quote on your board}.

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  13. I literally gasped when I saw these gorgeous twins...major stripe envy going on...I'm so coming back for that tutorial!! (c: They look amazing!!!

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  14. Look at you! Amazeballs. And so simple! You are one smart cookie... : )

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  15. That looks amazing! I also love the wallpaper or stencil design on the wall! SO PRETTY!

    http://buttonsbirdsandbs.blogspot.com/

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  16. Love the stripes, especially with the ikat wall! The gold on the lamps is a nice touch too. I finally got my hands on some rub 'n buff lately and it was a lot more runny than I thought it would be. Made a huge difference in my picture frame, which I forgot to take a before picture of, bad Haley, but it was a little hard to work with since I forgot to buy a brush.

    Haley @thedistractedblogger

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  17. Thanks everyone! Peggy - I love the lamps. They are really good quality for Target!

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  18. Fabulous! Those lamps look like a million dollars! And love your other tweaks in that area. I am thinking I need to get me some rub n buff stat!

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  19. Just the perfect accent! Your just brilliant!

    Tiffany

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  20. Beautifully done, Carmel! Like you said, the little changes can make a big difference and I love the last pic where you can see the lamps sort of against your stenciled wall..great effect!

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  21. Carmel, those look so good. I love the layers of the new vignette, too.

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  22. They look great Carmel! Happy birthday too! I hope you had a great one :)

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  23. Love! they really pop now. Hope you will come share at my linky party!

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  24. TThis is a really awesome re-do.... Love it :)) Officially following ya with smiles..Lovely creative blog you have here..Found you over at weekend wrap up..I'm Marilyn and would LOVE for you to stop in and visit sometime..Great creative blog you have here :)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com -- Wishing you a lovely weekend..

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  25. WOW!!!! This is my first time to your blog (found you on TT&J) and I am in love with your style! The gold on those lamps is perfection, and I too am addicted to stripes and NEED to do that to my lampshades! I am also a fan of the muted leopard fabric. I covered an ottoman in a fabric like that before and have been happy ever since. Anyway, sorry for the long comment, I just had to say WOW!!!

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  26. Love the lampshades...perfect touch!
    Smiles~Beth

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  27. They look amazing and so pretty! For some reason I keep on thinking nautical when I saw them. Thanks for the tutorial as well! You are a one smart lady!

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  28. I love the stripe lampshades! Perfection! I might have to use this to dress up a lampshade! And isn't rub n buff the greatest?

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  29. Loving the whole redo, from silver to brass!

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  30. Both versions are lovely. I do like the striped lamps much better though. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. First of all...I am still on the change of the lamps with rub n buff.....freaking brilliant. Now let's talk shades......OMG...Love the new vignette!!!

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  32. I adore those lamps!!! Can't wait to try out the rub n buff!!! Did you get those lamps at target recently??? I looked for them online and could not find them.....help!!!

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  33. I love stripes, but I'd prefer a diagonal one for my home. Why? Because for me, diagonal lines look more sophisticated and fashionable, not just in clothes, but in your home as well.

    -Cedrick Finly

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  34. Gorgeous! I thought about doing that for our lamps (which I also did in navy blue!) but I thought the stripes would cover too much of the light. Clearly I was wrong because yours are lovely, especially with your other accessories!
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