I got these wall lamps/sconces for next-to-nothing at an estate sale a while back:
The brass was a little tarnished....
so I rubbed em' with a little Bar Keepers Friend...
and look at them now:
I used a staple gun to tack the lamp cords neatly to the wall like so:
Then, I got out some leftover wall paint and painted over the cords to help them blend in with the wall as much as possible.
I was going to try to salvage the original lampshades, but upon closer inspection, they had a few dings which bothered me, so I sprung for these new lampshades at Target for $12.99.
I was originally thinking about covering the shades in a black and white spotted fabric, but I decided it might look too busy. Instead, I bought a green-blue linen-looking fabric from JoAnne's. It was $9.99 per yard and I was able to cover both lampshades with just one yard of fabric. Here's how I did it:
I taped printer paper around the shade to create a template (that I could use for cutting the fabric):
Then, I traced the template onto my fabric with a piece of chalk:
I added an extra half inch to one end of my template...
... so I could create a folded finished edge. I glued the fold in place using Fabri-tac, my favorite fabric glue:
Next, I glued the fabric to the lampshade, and glued bias tape (which I got for $1.79, also at Joanne's) around the top and bottom edges to finish them off. Note, instead of bias tape, I think a pretty grosgrain ribbon would have also worked well here.
And, in addition to my revamped lamps, I hung a piece of art and added two new throw pillows to the mix.
The art (it's an original lithograph poster from a 1984 Matisse art exhibit) and the pink rose pillow are both from a website called One Kings Lane. It's a site that offers daily deals on designer home stuff.
For the pillow I paid $29 before shipping...which I know doesn't sound overly cheap, but up close, this pillow really looks and feels like a pillow that would cost a lot more. It makes me happy every time I see it on my bed. (Lame but true.)
The poster was... err....more expensive (about $150 I think, which doesn't include the frame which I later got from Ikea for a mere $15). It was a total impulse purchase- I wasn't in the market for a poster and I hardly ever pay that much for any one thing, but... I loved it the instant I saw it, so I quick typed in my credit card info before I could talk myself out of buying it. (No regrets, I'm still in love.)
The blue velvet pillow is from Ikea. I thought the pillow cover was beautiful even before I realized it was on sale for only $4. And, even though the feather pillow insert wasn't on sale, at full price it was just $6.99.
Alert to self, POB (pillows on bed) MAX has been reached!
Yep, so this is what's been next to me in bed lately. I hope you're sleeping next to someone or something that you love, tonight and always.