Welcome to Shepherds And Chardonnay Blog and another Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge ! More Than 30 Bloggers test their skills at finding off cast items from Thrift Stores and Garage Sales and turning them in to useful or decorative items by re purposing them in some creative and imaginative way.
Below you will find a list with links to the websites of the bloggers taking part in this months challenge as well as my personal Upcycle Challenge Project “Ikea Shoe Rack Transformed into High End Floor Lamp.” Be sure to visit all the participating Bloggers and tell them what you think of their Upcycle Projects!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Erlene | My Pinterventures Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation Havalah | Sisters, What
Chelsea | Making Manzanita Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali Denise | My Thrifty House Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home Jeanie | Create & Babble Michelle | Michelle James Designs
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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge ” Ikea Shoe Rack Turned High End Decorative Floor Lamp” by Shepherds And Chardonnay Blog.
I found this gem at my neighbors moving sale.
She said it was an Ikea Shoe Rack and that it had a cloth insert with pockets for the shoes but that her son (Fur Cat Baby) “Grats” (short for gray ratter) decided it made a better claw sharpener and the insert was no more. The instant I saw it I thought of this;
Very pricey right? You will better recognize it here in this picture.
Do you see the decorative floor lamp by the left back wall? Behind the chair ? I have seen these in many Decor and Design Pictures on the internet.
Lighting in a room is so important and now more than ever people are starting to realize the importance of various types of lighting. This type of lamp is perfect for mood lighting.
So I had my inspiration but how was I going to make this work? I originally thought of paper like parchment. It had to be fairly sturdy but the light had to shine through it as well. As I thought about it more the construction of the piece would make it difficult to use paper so I decided fabric was the way to go. I found some on sale that I thought was fairly cool.
What do you think?
These are the rest of the items that I used to complete my Upcycle Challenge Lamp
The Frame cost $5.00 fabric..about 2.5 yards at 30% off. cost $13.99/ a small dowel left over from some other project. cost, $0.00/ Light Cord. cost, $8.98 / Bulb Socket. cost, $6.98 / On/Off switch. cost, $1.98. The pins were mine. My husband said these items could have been had cheaper and I would have to agree but many spaces were empty with little or no other options so I grabbed what they had at the time.
I followed the instructions on the packages and they went together quickly and easily. No sweat!
Now I needed to hang the fixture in the wood frame somehow. I did not want the hot bulb to hang against either the fabric or the cord. That’s where the dowel comes in. I measured to the middle in the top of the frame.
Drilling a hole in the center of each side of the frame, I slid the dowel through both holes.
It was such a perfect, snug fit that I did not even glue it.
Next I attached my Bulb fixture to the center of the dowel with a zip tie. I had intended to use a curtain shower curtain hanger but did not have time to hunt some up. This will hold for a very long time.
I then attached the cord to the back side of the frame with another zip tie so that 1) the cord would not hang next to the hot bulb and 2) I could run it down the back and out the bottom where it could be plugged in to a receptacle and turned on/off with the extra switch I added to the end of the electrical cord. There would not be access to the socket switch once the lamp was covered.
A problem comes to light!
After a test run with the small bulb hubby and I agreed that it needed some other style of bulb. I replaced the regular bulb with this large Orb style. Worked out great and the bulb was less than five bucks!
Not Yet “Made In The Shade!”
Next was the hardest part! You see, I don’t sew. Mother never taught me. I took Drama and Stage Tech in school. Not Home Ec. I do own a sewing machine. It has been used twice by friends, once by my mom and till now, once by me. In 15 years. It did come in handy for this Upcycle Challenge though! So I took the material and I pinned it around the frame till it fit snug. Then I removed it and sewed it together. Hoping the whole time that it did not end up looking like I threw a Potato sack over it (fingers crossed!).
I did not even cut it. I just wrapped and gathered and pinned…….
The Gods must have been with me because I shocked myself at how decent it turned out. Pure luck, no skill!
Not too sack like…I hope?
Lastly I wanted it to uplight a pattern on the ceiling. Since the print was arrows, I went with it.
I made a design for my Upcycle Challenge on Picmonkey and cut it out with an Exacto. This was the easy part. I had to turn the whole cover inside out and trace the design inside the top of the cover, centering it and cut it out. I soldiered on as best I could. Material has a tendance to not cut real clean. Even with a sharp Exacto.
Not as clean as I had hoped for but it works.
Now for the reveal!
(This would be cooler if it were darker!)
Well, there you have it! For about $40.00 (if you have lighting bits laying around, much less!) you can have your own $410.00 mood lighting ! Maybe for the kids room?
I hope you liked my Upcycle Challenge and Don’t forget to make the rounds and see all the awesome projects that my Blogger friends have to show you!
See ya soon!
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