I’m in the final stages of finishing (is anything really ever finished?) my living room makeover. The fireplace is the focal point, and I am trying to downplay the huge TV over it. I have really liked these lamps flanking the TV on the mantel, but the lampshades have not yet come up to speed. Here is what they looked like before I started futzing with them.
I went back and forth between black and cream lampshades. They were $17 from Ikea, so it wasn’t like choosing between a Chagall and a Picasso. I settled on cream because I like the warm glow, but the plainness of them was bugging me.
They needed to be dolled up somehow. I glued some trim on there thinking it was the perfect fix, and then I didn’t like it! Maybe it was the trim I chose, who knows but they still were not working!
So then I thought GLITTER! A bit of glitter makes anything better, and hadn’t I seen Martha Stewart glitter the inside of a lampshade once? Yes, here! Here are the itty bitty teeny tiny sconce covering lampshades that Martha glittered, note the slight variance in size between these and the honking lampshades I was determined to glitter:
So. Initially I was going to glitter the inside of the black shades with red, I love the warm glow the inside of a lampshade gives off when it is red or pink. I would love to glitter the insides of the cream ones, but the color of the glitter would show through and I didn’t want big pink lampshades in my living room, although there is nothing wrong with a huge pink lampshade just not the look I was going for in my living room. So, I got out my big black lampshades and pulled some shades from my glitter color library and the green called out to me, as often green does.;) And away we went.
Here are a series of video clips documenting my glitter escapades:
The final result:
Closeup on the inside of the lampshade:
And here is a closeup on the type of glitter I used, tinsel glitter:
And the final product! On to the next project!!! These look so good I am all up in the insides of all of the lampshades in my house trying to resist myself from glittering the whole lot of them.