Easiest Upcycle Ever After

Ok friends, grab yourself a role of washi tape and let’s get started!  Anyone can do this, I promise.

My best sources for washi tape:

Now gather some office items {don’t forget your vintage office items!}:

Ready, go…

  1. Study your item {briefly folks, this isn’t rocket science ;)}
  2. Figure out where your item should be spruced up
  3. Cut or tear your piece of washi in your preferred design {or two or three…I like sticking to one design for a more cohesive look}
  4. Now stick it on your item 👌

Here’s the best part- don’t like it- move it around and experiment until you do {trust me- I did 😜}.  And- you can always remove it to change it out with a new design or just to go back to the original look…so low commitment folks you have no excuse to not try this 😂😉.

Have scraps of tape?  Don’t throw them away- stick them on your post it notes- so fun, right!?  Take a look at my pics for more ideas!  Have fun!!!

Washi tape just might be the cutest invention ever!  I’d love to hear what you have made with Washi tape…tell me by commenting below!

Happy Upcycling🌷,

Traci 🙂

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Thift-Shop Upcycled Lamp- Adorable!

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Before! (sort of lol- you can’t really tell because I got excited and didn’t take a true before picture- but the base was a brass color- icky!)

After!

This was another super duper simple project.  I started with a thrift shop lamp base (that worked- duh!) and shade- just look at the bones- don’t get caught up on colors or patterns….people, they don’t have to match- that is exactly the point!  And, please please please (I beg!!)- look for a good price ;)….I do most of my thrift shop hunting on 50% off day- why pay full price at a thrift shop (sheesh!).

I picked up a couple of cutesie things for the lampshade design (Michael’s)- and some burlap (Joanne’s).  I had the paint on hand….here are the supplies:

cutesie things!

cutesie things!

Paint (purchased at Home Depot)- Heirloom White i believe (I can fly!!??)

The rest was a piece of cake (not that the first part wasn’t…the shopping/designing in my head as I go part is allllways fun!)….

All ya gotta do is:

  1. Tape off the part of the lamp base you don’t want painted with painters tape (like the switch)
  2. spray paint (you may want to sand lightly first- I did not)
  3. second coat- usually a good idea- play by ear- how does it look after one coat?  not so good- ok, apply another (it’s a very *fine* science ;))
  4. third coat- ya, i never go there
  5. For the shade- now I’m not saying this is the best way to do this…this is just how I did it lol (and I probably would have taken more care if I was selling it- but it was just to adorn my daughter’s dresser- so nobody was going to be inspecting it tee hee)…take your fabric, lay it out and wrap the shade in it so you get a rough idea of where to cut.  Leave some play on the top and bottom- and cut your fabric down to size.
  6. Take your handy dandy hot glue gun (safety first- but I usually just expect to be burned- it goes better that way- and by burned- I mean, ow that hurt- not get out the burn ointment and bandaids…now, this is a low temp glue gun- just as a disclosure)…work your way around the top and bottom of the lampshade and glue down as you go, pulling the material tight along the way- it doesn’t have to be perfect- worst case just rip some off and reglue- you got this!
  7. use your cutesie accessories and accessorize- apply with hot glue gun
  8. wa la- you are finished- put the shade on the base- and take some pictures to post to your Facebook Wall- you are a do-it-your-selfer!!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Traci 🙂

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adorable, ya?? 🙂