The Idea formal mercury lamps

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Antiqued silver glass called Mercury glass is everywhere right now – and I love it.

It has a worn quality that makes it interesting in almost any room. I started thought  it would be the perfect base for a lamp shade technique I had stored away in the idea section of my brain. So I decided to pair a custom fabric shade with a DIY mercury base.
This was definitely a figure it out as I went project but I love the custom bedside lamp I created for one little girl’s bedside table.
The beauty of this project is you can change the fabric to any fabric that works with your decor.
The Design torn-lamp-shadeI needed to find a simple glass base that has an opening large enough to allow me to paint inside and a lamp shade frame. I decided to use all IKEA for these pieces because even though you can get a lamp shade at any thrift store and remove the old fabric to get to a frame, not all of those shades fit an IKEA base. (IKEA does that on purpose and let’s face it – it’s annoying)
I wanted to create a unique lamp shade that required no high level DIY skills, if you build a sleek lamp shade any imperfection will show so why not design something that celebrates those imperfections as part of the artistic process!

The Materials Girl's Bedroom Lamp

  • 1 IKEA Bran lamp base
  • 1 IKEA Hemsta lamp shade
  • 1 can Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
  • 3/4 yards of Quilting fabric – or other substantial cotton
  • Matching spool of thread
  • Sewing needle

The Process

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Watch the video first, these instructions are meant to help you remember the order or answer any additional question

  • Remove the base from the box but save it to use in the painting process
  • Tape the cord that is extending from the base and anything else you want to protect from paint spray
  • Clean the inside of the lamp and let dry (409 or similar is fine)
  • Invert the base inside the box so the opening on the bottom is facing up – stand up the box to support the base during painting
  • Using MANY, MANY light coats cover the inside with the looking glass paint, any imperfections add to the antiqued look
  • Tear fabric into 2-3 inch strips
  • Wrap the end of the first strip around the bottom of the shade and stitch it in place by hand
  • Wrap the strip over the top and back down until you reach the end, sew to the top or bottom rail and start a new strip in the same place
  • Continue this wrapping, overlapping each piece by at least 1/2 an inch until you get back to where you started and stitch this end in the same way as you started
  • Make sure you stitch neatly as the inside of the lampshade will be visible
  • When the base is dry put the base and top together and light it up!

Watch the video if you are confused about any part of this process, or comment and I will respond!

The Outcome
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Hannah now has a lamp next to her bed that is not only darling but allows her to read when her little sister is sleeping, a low wattage bulb makes this easier in a shared bedroom.
I think this would also be fantastic with a burlap looking linen, a true burlap would unravel too much or dress it up with a raw silk.
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 The Budget 
$18.00 –IKEA Bran lamp base
$10.00 – Hemsta lamp shade (I found mine in as is for half off)
$10.29 –Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
$6.75 – 3/4 yards of Quilting fabric – or other substantial cotton ($8.99 per yard)
$3.98 – Spool of thread
$0.00 – I had the sewing needles
TOTAL: $49.02 Signature-Transparent   52 projects smaller DIY: Milo Baughman Inspired Mosaic Cube Table for under $52
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The Idea

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People have been carving initials into trees for centuries. We want others know we were there or to claim someplace as our own.

For your child this is an important part of establishing some territory in your home, especially if they share a room. But since we don’t want our kid’s carving their name in the furniture (though one of my boy’s actually did this and then later tried to deny he carved his own name!) letters or names on pillows can be a great solution.

Plus, really, aren’t they adorable? And they are so easy to make.

OK, you need a sewing machine but if you have one it’s a cinch. If not there are dozens of darling options on Etsy.

The Design

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There is no need to sew your own pillow, I started with a darling $7.00 velvet teal pillow cover from IKEA and just dressed it up.

Basically, you just need to applique the initial onto the pillow using some two sided iron on adhesive and stitching the edges.

If you want to personalize a pillow and don’t sew you could use fabric paint around the edges but the stitching looks very custom and high end.

The Materials

Monogram Pillow Materials

  • 1 plain pillow cover in the color of your choice – this will NOT work on a pre-filled pillow
  • 1 pillow insert
  • 1/4 yard of a fabric of your choice – a crisp cotton or fabric with some body works best
  • 1/4 yard of double sided iron on interfacing like Heat-n-Bond
  • Thread that matches the initial fabric
  • Sewing machine

The Process

Watch the video first, these instructions are meant to help you remember the order or answer any additional question

    • First, use your computer to choose the font style of the initial you want to use, enlarge the font and print it out to use as a pattern. Mine is Georgia, size 600.

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    • Following the directions on the fusible interfacing iron one side to the backside of the decorative fabric
    • Using the letter pattern cut out the fabric and interfacing together
    • Then peel off the other paper from the interfacing and iron the letter into the center of the pillow
    • Using a sewing machine satin stitch around the entire letter. I set my stitches to a 3 width and 1/2 length

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    • Trim off your treads
    • Stuff your pillow with the inserts and enjoy!

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Watch the video if you are confused about any part of this process, or comment and I will respond!

The Outcome

Hannah and Ella love the pillows on their beds in their shared bedroom. Their mom was smart enough to mix and match some Pottery Barn bedding give one daughter the pink bed she wanted and the other the blue that she requested. The bedding coordinates but is not identical and the pillows are one element that helps pull them together.

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The Budget 

$7.00 – IKEA pillow cover (teal velvet)

$5.00 –IKEA duck feather insert (20 x 20)

$1.99 – Fusible interfacing

$3.99 – Cotton quilting fabric

$3.98 – Thread

$0.00 – I have the scissors and the sewing machine!

TOTAL: $21.96

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We are adding new videos to our YES Spaces DIY page regularly this year until we reach 52! Based on your input we have directions and when needed measurements and plans here for you as well. So be sure to subscribe here and over on YouTube so you don’t miss anything!

If you want to dress up your home contact YES Spaces today! I would love to talk to you about your family and your space!

Visit our YES Spaces DIY channel to see videos of other family friendly projects!

Connect with us on Facebook for the “How To” behind some of today’s most popular design ideas!

View our Pinterest Boards for my curated design inspiration!

Watch our MESS to YES Home Makeover!

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