Since the day I brought home a brass plated lamp with gray glass inserts about 25 years ago I’ve had to hear hubby’s snarky comments about how ugly it was. I originally bought it for our bedroom and it hung there for a time, but over the years it changed places until it finally ended up in my daughter’s bedroom. I honestly didn’t think the lamp was all that bad but I decided to give it a make over of some kind because it had begun to look boring and outdated. I had purchased some Mardi Gras beads some time ago to make an outdoor chandelier for the garden but I bought too many of them and I had dozens left over. Since this lamp was in my daughter’s room, it didn’t have to be formal or serious looking. Whimsical would do just fine and would also fit quite well with her decor. Or lack of it. Mercifully, she likes just about anything and rarely complains which is why the lamp was in there in the first place.
So here’s what I started out with. The first thing I did was to remove all the gray glass inserts.
I had about a million Mardi Gras beads. Well okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but there were alot of them.
I wrapped the arms of the lamp in beads first of all. I used a hot glue gun to glue the strands in place and I just dabbed glue randomly as I wrapped. My burnt fingertips can attest to it.
The lightbulb sockets were beaded next
I briefly thought of re-installing the glass inserts but that was the part that hubby disliked most. I think he had an aversion to the mouse gray color which had at one time matched our mouse gray carpet. So I made new inserts out of parchment paper. I have to admit that they were a real pain in the neck to glue into place because the parchment wouldn’t conform to the curve of the metal frame and it would end up looking warped. I had to re-glue them several times before I got the hang of it. Sort of.
Pay no attention to that deep fryer lurking in the background. I never eat fried foods. Cross my heart.
I hope that with this make-over hubby’s criticism of my taste in lamps right will be nipped in the bud once and for all.
Joining Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage