Wednesday

Thrift Store Decor, Lampshade

It's the last Wednesday of the month and that means a quick redo of a cast off treasure someone else didn't want, but I did.
Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com

Last month I redid an old clock, and for August I'm giving a pottery urn turned pottery urn lamp a new shade. 

Years ago we disassembled a wine jug my dad had turned into a lamp in the 70's, and we saved the lamp parts.  They really weren't long enough for this piece of pottery but at the time I needed a lamp and I didn't really care.

I picked up a too small shade at Target that looked silly from the get-go, but you know.... I didn't care, I needed a lamp!

Well the time has come to give this piece of pottery it's due.

Made by one of my kids it's been moved around from room to room a few times.  Lately it is resting in the family room, on an end table that used to be my moms to which I recently painted sort of metallic.  But that's another story....

Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com

I went to Walmart and bought a brand new white barrel shade for $15.00, it was fine, but I never got around to putting it on the lamp.

I left it in the plastic covering, and two weeks later I scored the same shade for two bucks at a garage sale.  The new one was returned and I set out to give the used one a new look.

I didn't care if I ruined a two dollar shade experimenting on it, but I didn't want to ruin a fifteen dollar one.

Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com

If you are familiar with my dining room chairs, they have a custom graphic on the back paying tribute to Old Albert, the man we purchased our land from.

Dining Room Chair Makeover, Bliss-Ranch.com
I wanted the lampshade to have the same graphic and it's a very simple transfer process using Citra-solv solvent.

The full tutorial can be found {here} where I detailed each step using some muslin napkins and the same graphic. But in a nutshell........

Print out your design mirror reverse on a toner based printer, or if you have a toner based fax machine like my husband, you use that.

Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com
Tape the mirror reverse design graphic down, and when you lightly brush on the solvent, the design magically appears as it transfers to your project.  A little solvent goes a long way, you should not soak it.

Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com
You then burnish it with the back of a spoon so all the ink transfers, but on a lampshade it wasn't easy to do that part because I couldn't press as hard for fear of denting the shade.

Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com
In the end you will get a slightly distressed vintage looking design, perfect for a slightly distressed vintage looking piece of pottery that was turned into a lamp.

Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com

My one of a kind lamp, made by one of my one of a kind kids.... I'm just not sure which one.

Thrift Store Decor, Citra-Solv Lampshade Transfer, Bliss-Ranch.com

Now check out what thrifted item my fellow bloggers have breathed new life into.


Not everyone is able to participate this month, so there will be a couple missing links below, but you can still admire everyone's face above.  And make special note to stop over at our guest blogger this month, Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage.







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19 comments :

  1. I love how it ties in with your dining room chairs...are we familiar with them...hee hee! :)

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  2. love this, bliss!!! looks awesome!

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  3. Very cool! That turned out beautifully!

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  4. turned out great! Good job on the transfer and the RETURN RECEIPT! Better $2 than $15...

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  5. Absolutely beautiful you PJ milk guzzler ;)

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  6. I've always wondered how people made lampshades like that! Now I know! I love lampshades with words on them like that.

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  7. Well isn't this just perfect, love it!

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  8. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who can't remember which kid did what. And I only gave birth twice. And one's a boy and one's a girl. I have no excuse. I'm a terrible mother.

    Thank you for reminding me.

    -andi

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  9. I love the lamp shade and the whole darn thing. Now I have to go read the tutorial. I've never done this transfer stuff. One more thing to learn.

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  10. Both idiosyncratic and special for its memories (if you can recall them...LOL) Nice job.

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  11. Hmmm .... I never got a bit pottery pot from my kids. Just small stuff. Bowls and such. Which would look really dumb sporting a giant lamp shade. But I love how yours turned out! :)

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  12. I am swooning over this project! You've got me heading to check out that solvent! Such a great idea. Now off to check out those amazing chairs!

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  13. That is awesome. I love the shade and have always LOVED those chairs. I think you should make and sell the stencils, I would surely love to have one. I am going to have to try this soon.

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  14. This is fantastic, PINNED. I haven't tried this yet. Love doing transfers

    Cindy

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  15. How fun is that! I need to try that transfer method.

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  16. You always have the best, coolest ideas!! I need to crawl in your head girl ;)

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  17. Another project has been added to my "must try" list. Love the way this turned out!!

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  18. Great lamp and shade! I'm glad you were able to use the same graphic since it holds a special meaning - and it's cute too! Hugs, Leena

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