June 1, 2014

Turning A Shabby French Pink Lamp Shade Into A Hanging Light

The Polka Dot Flea is just days away.  Since I have everything ready for the Flea (It's good to be a little OCD) I thought I would squeak in a last minute project

 


I was out antique shopping with a friend Sherry@ No Minimalist Here

When I spotted two HUGE vintage lamp shades, they were from the era (40's-50's ?)  when it was in vogue to have massive shades on lamps.  

Right away I thought it would make a perfect hanging light


Great floral details on the sides

I bought a ceramic light socket from Home Depot....


......And attached it to an electrical cord  (Just 2 screws attaches the wire to the socket).  If you're interested in the steps to wire a lamp, you can find great step by step instructions on U Tube 

Here's my little secret...I never buy the full light wiring kit, I use extension cords I find at garage sales for a .25.   I cut off the the part where you plug in other cords, this leaves me with the plug and wire.....Yep saves a ton of money!

I attached a chain and made the cord cover out of fabric that matched  



   Since I am selling this at the Polka Dot Flea along with other hanging lights, I needed something to hang them from.......Another project...A lace covered umbrella.


I took the canvas cover off my patio umbrella..... 


...Then sewed 3 pieces of lace yardage together, trimmed it with a lace ruffle....


...And used Fabric-Tac to glue on lace runners and doilies


I don't know if you caught that I found 2 pink shades.....One to sell and one for me!


I think it will be a perfect Frenchy Shabby addition to my bedroom!

The Polka Dot Flea is just days away!  I will show you some final preparations in my next post and then....


.......It's "Show time"!!!  I'm experiencing that fine line between excitement and fear!!

I would love for you to visit the Polka Dot Flea website HERE
Or 
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Happy Creating
Carol

32 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the shade, Carol, and I especially love it as a hanging light! It will look very pretty in your bedroom. Your umbrella looks great with the lace! I have seen this done and always love the look; I want one. : )

Becky said...

wow.. That shade is lovely, and your lace umbrella is so creative!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

It will be so pretty in your bedroom! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!
Just 6 days until your BIG EVENT!!!
BEST WISHED ON YOUR FLEA MARKET!!
xo,
deb :)

Mari said...

That is one gorgeous lamp shade turned lamp....

Smiles~
Mari

sissie said...

Love your projects Carol.
Good luck with the Fancy Flea.

hugs
Sissie

June said...

I love that light Carol!!!! I am so glad to read that you are keeping one for yourself because it is so pretty!

NanaDiana said...

Well, how perfect is that, Carol! The umbrella AND the hanging lamps. I do that with extension cords, too. I cut them off and make really short ones sometimes when I just need a short cord to plug something in.

Those two lamps are going to be gone in NO time! xo Diana xo Diana

Marlynne said...

Neat Hanging Lamp Idea! Good luck on the Polka Dot Flea!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

I love it! Absolutely darling. I'd be marching right over to check that out!! ;)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Cute lamp shade... and the umbrella is adorable too.
I'm THRILLED FOR YOU and wishing you best of luck... Or 'break a leg'? with your show!
Pat

Kathy said...

The hanging lamp is beautiful and the lace umbrella is even better. Well done! Gosh, I wish I could see it all in person. Lots of photos, PLEASE!!

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

I needed some break after the loss of my mother and I couldn't be in front of my computer. After a few days in Venice-Italy, I come back ready to create and to paint again. When I see your always incredible creativity I'm amazed as you usual (you're becoming to be my model)! Do you really sleep sometimes ?
xoxo from PARIS in spring

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous!! I'm so excited for you ... This is going to be a huge success and an amazing event!

lynn said...

such fab style on these shades, carol! love the lacy umbrella, too! wishing you huge success at the show!

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

Fabulous Carol as always. You always amaze me.

Cindy

Krista said...

There's nothing to fear. Polka Dot Flea is going to be a huge success! I can't believe how much you accomplish. You're just full of great ideas.

sandy said...

You are so creative! Love the new umbrella top! Good luck on your sale! Wish I lived a bit closer!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, LOVE this shade. What a find and you have another for you. Fabulous!! Great umbrella cover too. Love the lace and perfect to display the hanging lamp shade.
So glad you are ready to go for the flea. Yes, a little OCD always helps keep one on time!!
The Polka Dot Flea is going to be amazing!!!
Best wishes!!

Acorn to Oak said...

That's a great idea! I never thought of doing that! :-)

Teddee Grace said...

I know this post was about the lamp shade, but I was totally taken with the umbrella. I'd enjoy a more detailed tutorial.

Cynthia said...

Carol these are just so cool and I think it will be beautiful hanging in your bedroom. Love all the details and the cord cover is such a fabulous idea. I can't believe the Flea is almost here. I know it will be a success.

Cynthia

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Love what you did with the shades...glad you kept one;)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love this idea and your pretty pink shades.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your hanging lamp turned out perfect and I don't blame you for wanting one for yourself!! Nancy

pipigirl said...

carol, all im gonna say is you are truly AMAZING!!! there is not anything you cannot do if you set your mind to it. you make the most beautiful stuff...out of simplicity. but it turns into elegance. i wish you all the luck in the world for your opening. you will be a huge hit i think.... but more than anything.....ENJOY IT. IT IS YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT, YOUR DREAM. youve been on the road for a while and its time to turn the corner. all the best, susy

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carol, You already know I love the shade and the umbrella is beautiful! You have worked so hard on the Polka Dot Flea and I know it will be a huge success. Thank you so much for including me in your first market and I am really excited for Saturday.
Hugs,
Sherry

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Love the lamp shade, Carole! Good to know your secrets on wiring and I really like the cloth wire covered look. Your lace umbrella is gorgeous! Have a great weekend at The Polka Dot Flea. It's on my bucket list now! :) ~ Jamie

Lynnie CottageGalstyle said...

Hi Carol,

LOVE the shade and the lace umbrella.

That lamp is gorgeous with the roses, so unique and romantic and so is your umbrella. Been wanting to redo one of mine for years...Maybe this year will be the year. How did you attach it to the umbrella?

Hugs Lynnie
www.cottagegalstyle.com

Amy Jo said...

Oh it is pretty! I am so excited about the flea!!! Counting down the days.

xoxo,
Amy Jo

Debbie said...

I just happen to have a big old huge vintage lamp shade here (staring up at me) right now. I have some vintage lamps that I want to use here, but I don't like their current look with their current shades. One of them is huge like yours. It is really GOOD QUALITY though so it's nice to have an idea of a better thing to do with it than shooshing it into the attic or something.

I'm sort of wiring lame, though. I will have read and then reread and than google and then watch and goodgle some more when it comes to wiring. Sad to be me.

laura Madalene said...

Gorgeous!!! How very beautiful everything looks! How I love the big bucket of flowers. I can look at your garden, and your beautiful home all day. It makes me happy!
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sueteaches said...

I'm wondering exactly how you use the extension cord....how do you attach it after cutting part of it off? Any way you can do a tutorial on it? This would save me mucho money!!