March 27, 2011

What’s my deal with lamps?

Seriously, why the heck should I get all hot and bothered over lamps?  I have more lamps than I have tables to set them on, and I’m even trying to think of ways to trade out old lamps for new….
A couple lamps I’ve posted on my blog I’m gunna try and sell so that I have LESS lamps, mainly because in the last month I’ve given a home to 3 more lamps.
This is one of them:

This lamp has been in my mom’s home so long I don’t know where it came from or how old it is.  It needs to be rewired, washed, given a make over… and I after convincing mom she really needed to loose it, I got inspiration and wanted to keep it!  It was when I pictured it w/o the shade that I thought… It’s endearing.
“Of course you did Scatty” (I heard you say that.)

Look how worn the shade is… this netting stuff actually rubs off the shade. So I tore off the frills, and I rubbed down the entire shade. Used my fingernails mostly... I didn't want to poke any holes in it.

Then I bought this cute fabric… I wanted polka-dots, but couldn’t find just the right polka-dot fabric, and then I saw this… It matches a room, so that room and this fabric are new mates.

I cut the fabric the right shape to wrap around the shade.
I set the fabric on a piece of cardboard and used a spray adhesive that creates webs as it sprays… This was no good. Every tiny place where the adhesive was ball-like, it saturated the fabric, making it look splotchy with something wet…   Hopefully you can see in this image how it's not a fine spray.

This is where I tell you all spray adhesives are not created equal. There are some that are heavy duty, and great to use, but when you have something not heavy duty, like my thin of fabric here… It’s no good.
So I got out all 3 spray adhesives and found that the one best for the job: 3M Super 77.  

It sprays a fine mist that sits more on the fibers of the fabric –like it’s floating. PLUS it doesn’t dry so fast that you don’t have working time.

I asked husband to hold the shade, turning it slowly, while I rubbed the fabric onto it. One arm inside the shade for a surface to push on… the other hand wiping along the fabric side to side till the two ends overlapped. Then the edge of fabric at the top and bottom I just pushed right around onto the inside of the shade… This was so crazy easy I wasn’t sure I was done.

I’ve been thinking of incorporating some dark gray into the room, and I reckon this lamp is the beginning of something cool.
I have a project I want to do, just need some electrical help from dad… Looking forward to sharing that one… And this Lamp might live in a new location when that project is finished… Watch this space. (I love a good plan)

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March 6, 2011

A Fancy Chaise

My friend Becca called me and asked if I would consider covering another piece of furniture for her. (She's the friend whose settee I recovered in blue and used for my blog banner before I returned it to her.) She sent me a bunch of tiny photos on my cell and was considering buying the chaise based on whether or not I thought I could recover it. She said it was only $75, so I told her that if she loved it that much she should get it cause the photos were too small to see much. 
And she did.
It's long enough that I found it hard to photograph all at once...
This is the foot:
This is the head:
You can see it's rather flat, and falling apart.
This is to show the color it once was...I think I like it better faded.
Another angle of the foot.
Another of the head.  Seems to have had a hard life huh?
I tore it apart, removing all the fabric, horse hair, dust, straw, hessian, bugs, & spiders.  That tail looking thing on the ground, is clumps of horse hair... Ewwww is right. Look at all the dirt falling out of it. Yes I thought I might get sick... but didn't.
Look how basic... I was rather shocked how the fancy looking thing was really just a few bits of wood with some fancy pieces nailed to the sides. These springs were so broken and uneven I decided they would have to totally go.
Sometimes when I get 'stuck in' I forget to take photos.. I did this between these steps. So I'll just add, I sanded down the fancy scrolls of wood and I stained them. Repaired one of the feet that had a piece missing, and bought high density foam to stick inside the chaise skeleton. I cut it quite a bit to achieve my desired shape. (electric carving knife purchased from a yard sale)
I then covered it in a thick batt.
I notched out the foam so that it would live inside the wood frame, AND on top of the sides... That's what I'm trying to show in this photo. The rough wood hung onto some of the batting as I was playing around with how I would cover it... hence the white spider web looking stuff.
Then... I skipped photos again, sorry. This was not an easy project, and I was really concentrating.  I took the black velvet fabric she wanted, I cut one main length for the top, then I stitched twisted piping to the edge, and then stitched more velvet to the other side of the piping.  This was the second to hardest thing... making me decide I don't like doing re-upholstery. LOL  Silly I know, cause I recover everything... But I decided that although I think this was a success, I don't want to do it again.

Before attaching the sides to the frame, I stuffed batting up into the sides for a puffy soft look, and then I trimmed the velvet at the edge of the decorative woodwork once it was attached with staples. Then I attached a black decorative braid over the edge of the fabric and against the decorative scrolls.
If you are in anyway shape or form inspired by this project, I just want to give you a bit of warning... Expect to spend huge amounts of time on it. Yes you can do it, yes it is hard, yes it is beautiful when you finish, but YES it takes lots of time.
Sorry my photos are a bit dark, as I mentioned it's big enough that photographing it all at once is tricky.
I'm pleased I got the head of it higher than the foot, I didn't care for it looking so flat.
Thanks for visiting... Sorry I'm not such a frequent poster lately. I'm ready for summer and yard sales! Not so many unfinished projects floating around this time of year :)  I'm thinking of painting some walls... again.

Becca was pleased... In fact, she uses it for her Boudoir Photography:

Click the photo to visit her new blog.
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