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{Guest Post}: Gettin’ Shady with the Better Half

I have a fun, quick little makeover for you today from the fabulous Jocie at the Better Half! If you ever see plain, boring lamp shades at thrift stores and yard sales, you can pick ‘em up and give ‘em a quick makeover like Jocie did. Check out her sweet little project!

Thanks so much for having me here at View Along The Way, Kelly! I’m a big fan and its an honor to be here.

If you’ve never heard of us, The Better Half is a new sister site to One Project Closer (OPC). OPC has been around almost 5 years now and is for the hard-core home improvement lovers. Kim and I (Jocie) are the wives of Fred and Ethan (respectively) and we run The Better Half, dedicated to the finer things, like DIY home decor, crafts, and sometimes kid-friendly stuff too. I write a lot of the crafty, decor posts, while Kim focuses more on gardening and updating our coupon info.

Here is me and my better half, Ethan this summer when my grandmother took us to Jamaica!

About 6 months ago, I FINALLY finished our bedroom redesign after way too long! We went from dark and rich to bright and fresh, and it has made a huge difference.

My first bedroom project was my bedside lamp. Here was the original lamp in its original, unimpressive state. There’s nothing wrong with the lamp other than it doesn’t look right in our bedroom anymore. It usually had a thick coat of dust too, but I got rid of that for your benefit. lol! Drab and boring, huh?  Definitely no pop!

I bought some Valspar, hi-gloss spray paint and taped off the vitals. It took a few coats to completely cover the brass and give it a nice, glossy look. I made sure to paint several thin coats so the paint wouldn’t drip or appear uneven.

Even with my Target clearance lamp shade it looks WAY better.

Next was my favorite part! I made a bunch of silk rosette flowers, in varying sizes. Check out my complete tutorial on making fabric flowers to make your own.

Next I used Liquid Stitch to secure a couple of ribbons around the lamp shade. It turned out great and you can’t see any glue spots. Because the shade was slightly slanted, I had to crease the ribbon in strategic spots (under flowers) to keep the ribbons parallel.

With a little more hot glue, all the silk flowers where in place.

Silk doesn’t always cut very cleanly so after I glued the flowers to the shade I cut away any remaining fly-aways.

And here’s my pretty rosette lamp!

Thanks again, Kelly for letting me share my revamped lamp on your awesome site.

For more fun projects and crafts, visit me at The Better Half! You can also connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. We also do a Humble Brag link party ever Friday and would love to see you there! Hope to see you soon!

What do you think? Would you use fabric flowers to snazz up some thrifty finds?

P.S. If you’d like to pin this idea, please do so from Jocie’s page here.

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  1. Lisa says:

    The lamp looks so great with it’s makeover. Makes me want to break out the spray paint!

  2. Great guest post Jocie! Your lamp looks awesome!

  3. Kate says:

    I love the flowers! And the green and white

  4. I think Jocie is the queen of fabric flowers! Love the green ribbon choice!

  5. Angelica says:

    Your fabric flower is very nice. Tantas cosas bellas que tu haces que yo disfruto tu blog

  6. Great makeover – it looks so much better now! I saw an ugly lamp with a great base in the Thrift store just the other day too, I should go back and get it – maybe I could spray paint it like that one, thanks!!!

  7. How fun to learn about The Better Half blog, I’m going to check it out now!

  8. That turned our really cute! I have an old lamp in the garage that could use a little TLC; thanks for the idea!

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