Monday, June 13, 2011

Lazy Girl DIY

With two new pieces of furniture to refinish (my post on flea market scores here), I don't have a lot of time for other DIY projects, but let's be honest-- I am picky. I have previously described myself as having Neiman's taste on an Old Navy budget, but I don't think my budget restrictions are insurmountable. A little creativity can tailor anything off the rack to your specifications, from clothing to home decor, and that's what today's post is all about:

I was shopping for the home with the Bf last week and spotted this gray lamp with a base that looks like tree branches. We had to get it because if his rustic, traditional taste and my modern, organic taste can agree on something, it's a keeper. The only problem? The heather gray shade is pretty shoddy. Not very fresh-looking and it does nothing to bring out the cool lamp base.

Where does the DIY come in? I found a white, horizontally pleated lampshade on clearance and swapped it for the dull, gray one:

It's not a brand new lamp, but it does freshen the look quite a bit. Just wait until I repaint the end table it's on, too! (Well, when I get to it--eek!) Gotta get back to the garage and continue stripping paint and re-painting, hope everyone is having a great Monday!


  1. That's a great find and I like both shades. Go girl! xo-C

  2. Such an easy swap, but that has a seriously impressive effect!
    xo Josie

  3. Looks great! And you could still use the gray shade for a lamp base that would be complemented by a more natural rugged-y look. Can't wait to see more of your home projects!