A friend gave me a couple of lovely tall lamps with wooden bases and shades that pivot so you can tilt them for reading. Unfortunately one of the shades was very watermarked.
Watercolours wouldn’t cover it, and were too hard to mix to match the colours I had chosen for downstairs, so I ended up painting the shades with the sample pots of wall paint. The light doesn’t come through them now, but with the bases resprayed white they look good, if I do say so myself (see the full lamps in the downstairs reveal coming soon)
The first design I tried didn’t work so I scrapped it and went back to the beginning.
The shading I simply brushed on without cleaning the brush so it blended from one colour to the next.
Then I used silver paint to freehand a design onto each shade.
I can’t believe downstairs is nearly done and I haven’t started blogging it. It’s been a hectic 3 months. Hopefully the next few months will be just as hectic with b&b guests….
Sometimes I wish I wasn’t alone just so something would move or happen when it wasn’t me doing it. An elf would be handy.
A month before I started on the room of hell downstairs, I decided something had to be done about the buffet. This cabinet/buffet/console, whatever you like to call it, was the garage sale find of my life. Having missed out on one for $120 that needed a LOT of work, when I asked the price of this one at a sale I only called into on the spur of the moment, I wasn’t expecting a price tag of $60. And they had a ute and delivered (it was only a suburb away). It then sat in the carport for months because I really wanted to stain it darker to get rid of the 80’s pine look. (And I will one day, especially when I pull up the carpet and reveal the light Tas Oak floors under it. Meanwhile last Christmas I decided it was good enough to use while it waited for it’s makeover so it came inside.
The problem was it sat empty all year because everything I wanted to store inside looked messy behind clear glass. (I really wanted to store the tablecloths and mats and assorted decor. So in September I lifted the glass out of the doors and searched for my glass paints (a story in itself – note to self: Don’t move things without leaving a note of where I’ve stored them)
I drew up a couple of designs and started outlining them with the leading paint.This was hard on the hands, and I ended up peeling one entire lot off and starting again for various reasons. Between total exhaustion from painting and filling downstairs and lack of good lighting it wasn’t until a week ago that I actually started laying in the colours.
I had a party here on Wednesday night, and true to form, I finished the glass painting about 2am on Wed morning….
Now the photos are not the greatest – I taped a torch in the cupboard for some light. Eventually I’ll get some LED strips and insert them around the door for a better backlight. Unfortunately where the cupboard sits, without backlighting they are barely visible designs.
Ready for the big reveal? Here they are in their (poorly) lit glory.
Now to start filling the cupboard!
I’ve seen a lot of posts of some very intricate Christmas decorating on line. Lots of mantlepieces too, mostly a very different style to my 1950s modern house. Most years I’m very into Christmas, but this year it just seems too hard. I did drag a few decorations out for a meeting last night so I thought I’d share my 2 minute mantle (or mantel if you’re American)
Yes, just a tangle of lime green tinsel with some silver, teal blue and lime green balls and bells sitting on it.I love it, especially at night.
And absolutely no one who knows me is surprised it has lights in it (or that they have a remote control so I can turn them on before I get to the room 🙂
What’s your favourite piece of decorating this year?