A Thoughtful Place: A Little Lampshade Change Up

1.10.2012

A Little Lampshade Change Up

Some projects are big and some are quite small. This is one of those tiny ones {a five minute project} that I love to check off the list. A while back I added some ribbon to a lamp in our master bedroom. I was also inspired by my friend Carmel’s lamps in her dining room.

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The lampshade in my living room was really bugging me because the shade color is so close to the wall color. It’s a little tough to see in this photo because I had the light on {big no-no, I know}.

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So I whipped out the trusty old glue gun and some black grosgrain ribbon and the trim was done in five minutes. I just placed one spot of glue on the seem, wrapped the ribbon around, cut, and glued the two ends to each other. I can very easily remove the black ribbon if I need to.

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Do you spy my new design books from Santa on the side table? This nightstand turned living room end table also doubles as my downstairs office. I hide away my laptop and inspiration binders in there. The room gets great morning light so that is where I like to do most of my blogging and design boards.

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Next up is lining the back of my built ins with a fabric. What to choose?? How about you. Any five minute projects lately? For more quick and easy ideas you can check out these:

Quick and Easy Projects

32 comments :

  1. Love how much the ribbon dressed up the shade. It really pulled everything together!

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  2. Love the addition on the ribbon! Super easy, but makes a great statement. I recently purchased some of the same decor books as well. Been doing little 5 minute organizing here and there.

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  3. Just what I've been looking for, an idea for the lampshade in our Nursery! Thanks.

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  4. I love the colors in your den! Gorgeous!

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  5. I'm a big fan of adding trim to a lampshade, so quick and easy to change later. And it totally changed how your lamp looks!

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  6. Love the addition of the ribbon! It makes such a difference, but so simple (and low commitment)! The contrast looks great with your picture frames.

    Whitney
    www.cerniks.wordpress.com

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  7. i love the ribbon and i love when small projects make big impact. i posted about a lampshade makeover today and our lamps are pretty similar. mine took longer than 5 min, but it was mindless work.

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  8. Small change - big impact. Love the ribbon.

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  9. I love the 5 minute projects. And I agree with laurie--small change, big impact. :)

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  10. It's amazing how a small detail can make such a difference! Looks great!

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  11. Great addition! It really gives that table polish. Did you and Carmel get to meet recently??

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  12. Ack! I love it! The ribbon trim really makes that shade! Thanks for the shout out girlie! Can't wait to see what fabric you choose.

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  13. The ribbon really makes the shade pop, Courtney. Looks great!

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  14. Wow, what a difference that makes!! Definitely adds a nice design element and pops against the wall!

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  15. What is better, fast and effective!! Looks great! Janell

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  16. Love the ribbon! And the nightstand turned side table! Way to use what you have to spice up a room!

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  17. Can't go wrong with the tan, black, and white color combo! Looks great! (PS- how do you keep your home so clean?!)

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  18. I LOVE Carmel's lamps and yours looks terrific, too! Much more sophisticated and expensive looking. Good job!

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  19. So subtle but makes so much difference!! Great addition :)

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  20. Little changes usually make the biggest difference! I was just thinking about lining the back of my daughter's bookcase with fabric...great minds think alike! :)

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  21. Love that. I'm really into black and white stripes these days, so maybe I'll have to find something to add stripes to!

    If you're ever w/o a topic, I would love to know your favorite design books. I want to buy some (of course with great pictures), but I'm not sure where to start. Just a thought!

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  22. Simple and sophisticated, the perfect project!

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  23. I think it's the little details that make the most difference! Looks great, Courtney!

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  24. The smallest details make the biggest difference don't they? I have a couple of lamps that need some lovin'.

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  25. What a huge difference such a small detail makes! You're definitely inspiring me to maybe tackle a few smaller projects to improve my home.

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  26. The addition of the black ribbon was amazing! You are so right that sometimes a small change can make a big difference! Rock on girl!

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  27. It looks great! I got 2/3 of those books too for Christmas!

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  28. Hi Courtney, I just found your site today and LOVE it!!!!! You have so many great ideas and none of them look too difficult or complicated for this beginning DIY'er. I cannot wait to start some of the projects I have found here. Thank you so much for posting all of these beautiful projects and tutorials and keep on inspiring.

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