Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

So you all know that I LOVE a good DIY project, don’t you?  You also know I love to save money.  That’s what I did with a Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp.  It hardly cost me anything!

Looking ALL over online stores, I found the lamp and shade I wanted.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Lamps Plus Burlap Shade-$35.00

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Lamps Plus-$139.99


Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

I already have this white vintage lamp.  Basically the same style.  Not, brass, but a similar shape.  And the shade is a drum shade.  It’s what I already have and I know what I want. So I got to work.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Using my Krylon Colormaster Metallic Gold spray paint.  I carefully painted the lamp.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Now onto the shade.  I bought my shade at Wal-Mart 4 years ago.  It has served me well, but it needed some spunk and life.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

I thought burlap would give it the texture and feel I was hoping for.  Just like the Lampsplus shade.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

I started by cutting the width of the shade plus 3 inches.  Then that way I had excess on each side to overlap the edges.  For me, it was easiest to adhere the burlap with a low-temp glue gun.  As I glued and pulled the burlap to make it as taut as it could be.

I did not glue on the shade itself but, on the top and bottom rim.  I took my time, as I wanted it to be flush against the shade.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Once I got to the end.  I didn’t want the rough edges to show.  So I carefully folded over the end and glued it to the shade.  This is also how it looks on the inside of the shade.  Clean and flush.

If your shade has a smaller top than bottom, the fabric will need to bend or turn a little.  Be patient.  Just keep pulling it taunt.  And it will turn out smooth.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Here is my “new” Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp .  It looks just like I pictured in my mind…Well, even a little better.  (HUGE SMILE!)

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

I like how the gold paint reflects and shows the details in the lamp base.

Lamps Plus Knock-off Lamp

Vintage Lamp Makeover with Spray Paint & Burlap

 My cost:  I bought the shade for $14. The lamp was a gift.  My burlap was $2 a yard and it took me about 2 yards to cover my shade.  SOOO, $14+$4=$18

Compared to $175, I did REALLY well.  PLUS I LOVE it.  That is what REALLY matters most, right???

Now, do YOU have any DIY projects that you would like to share at our #BestofDIY party, tomorrow???


There are 27 blogs and 1 HUGE party!  And it all starts right here at 8p.m. Central time tomorrow!!  Mark your calendars, set your phones, be there or be square!!

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#BestofDIY Party Invitation

You are invited…

Yes this is your #BestofDIY Party Invitation.

How would YOU like YOUR DIY Projects to be seen on 27 blogs all at the same time???

Join us for the FIRST ever #BestofDIY link party on THIS Friday, Sept 19th at 8p.m. Central.

#BestofDIY Party Invitation

If you are a blogger, you are invited to link up your best DIY projects.  And we KNOW you have them!!  Link up your furniture makeovers, room renos, crafts, anything that is a DIY project.  No recipes. please.  You are welcome to link up 3 of your best DIY posts.

The only thing I am requiring is that you share my this button to your post or sidebar.  Then others will see our incredible party.

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If you are posting on FB, G+, twitter or Instagram add the #BestofDIY hashtag for us to find you and share your posts as well.

I am looking forward to sharing my followers links all over social media that weekend with the #BestofDIY hashtag.

Your hostesses for the party are:

Our Southern Home

Artsy Chicks Rule

At Home with the Barkers

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Knick of Time

Mrs. Hines Class

Unskinny Boppy

Shabby Art Boutique

Concord Cottage

Girl in the Garage

Fresh Idea Studio

Snazzy Little Things

White Lace Cottage

Simply Fresh Vintage

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

All things Heart and Home

House on the Way

Stone Gable Blog

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Postcards from the Ridge

Lilacs and Longhorns

Sweet Pea

Country Design Style

Petticoat Junktion

Restoration Redoux

What Meegan Makes

Prodigal Pieces

If you are NOT a blogger, please join us for the party.  It is going to be filled with the most and #BestofDIY ever seen in one place!!

Mark your calendars, set your phones, and alarms. and be ready to link up YOUR THREE #BestofDIY projects.

See you on Friday!!!


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Inspiration Monday with Fall Project Features

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! It’s time to get this party started…on all SEVEN blogs.
You only need to link up on one blog to be seen on all of them!
We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday.
Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:
You have all been fabulously busy fluffing your nests for Fall and baking
your hearts out.
Boy these features get harder to pick every week!
{Tanya at twelveOeight chose the features this week}
  diy fall ideas, fall craft, fall home decor, chalkboard, free printable, diy pumpkin
vintage rattan rocker in front of tie dye curtains
I love EVERYTHING about this awesome space that
Corinna from For My Love Of created.
In this post she shows us how she made these sweet Tie-Dye Curtains!!
Thanks for joining ALL of us for Inspiration Monday with Fall Project Features.
Make it a beautiful week!


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DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

Happy Happy Friday!  As per my promise, I am going to share my DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins with you today.

You have already seen the Fall Home Decor Tour all week long.  Today is the last day and I don’t want you to miss a thing.  So head on over after I am done here. Deal??? DEAL.

It’s ALMOST Mid-September and the temps are telling me Fall is on it’s way.  I am sad Summer is winding down. BUT the Fall craft ideas are peaking my interest.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

This Summer, for our Family Reunion I made a more than life-sized Jenga game with 2x4s.  I found the idea on Pinterest right here.  The kids loved it. AND, I ended up with several scraps of wood.  I KNEW I would end up using them around the house, somehow.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

I started out with a 2x4x7 block of wood.  I nailed a nail in it for a “stem”.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

Mixing lemon yellow and Christmas red craft paint, I made orange.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

Once the paint was dry, I wrapped the nail with jute.  As I covered the nailhead, I hot glued the jute in place.  (No, I didn’t burn my fingers this time. Yay me!)  I left a “tail” as part of the “stem” to look pumpkinish. (Hey! Pumkinish is a word!  Spell check didn’t correct me. Awesome.)

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

 By using a thin paint brush, I painted the “rib” lines.  I did that freehand.  I didn’t want them to be absolutely straight.  I like the imperfect look.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

Using scalloped craft scissors, I cut out leaves from book pages.  I folded the ends before I adhered them with hot glue to add a curve in the leaf.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

As you can see, I couldn’t just make orange pumpkins. I HAD to have a blue one, too.

By the way…the smaller DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkin is a 1x4x5 that I had leftover from another project.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins

How easy was that?  All in all, it took me about an hour to make all three DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins. Easy peasy and a cute addition for Fall and Halloween decor.

I hope you learned a lot and had fun visiting this post today.

Don’t forget to visit the Fall Home Decor Tour in it’s final day.

Make it a fabulous Friday!


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Roadside Vintage Window Frame

Happy Thursday everyone!  This week is rolling right on by, isn’t it?  The Fall Home Decor Home Tour continues today.  There have been SO many ideas and creativity.  It’s been a real treat to visit each blog to see their interpretation of Fall.  I love it.

Now, to tell you a story about my Roadside Vintage Window Frame and an idea.

I was in California a about 2 weeks ago.  While my daughter-in-law and I were driving through my old home town, we saw a man on the side of the road selling vintage and new items.  My eye caught a glimpse of a LARGE picture frame.  I mean, it was larger that poster size!  We quickly turned into the parking lot.  My DIL said,” If the frame is $15 I will buy, for sure!”  She got out of the car towards the “stuff”.  I saw her look down at what I thought were window frames.  I jumped out to see what she was looking at. Yes, they were indeed vintage window frames!

There were 4 window frames. Now, to choose which one(s) I wanted.  BUT, how much would it cost me???  My DIL had already asked him about the frame.  The price was $7! Really?  That is awesome!

Next question,”How much are these window frames?”  He replied, “Oh, I guess 3 dollars a piece.”  Yowza!!  What a steal of a deal!  Did he know what he had?  I don’t think so…


This is the frame I chose.  Yes, I only bought one.  And, Yes, I am kicking myself for not buying all 4. (heavy sigh)


Look at all the rust and chippy goodness.

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Everything was still in tact.  A little dirty, but a beautiful patina.

I had a an ideal new home for my vintage window frame.


Right above my “mantel headboard”.

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With a little cleaning up, it looks like it belongs there.

garage sale window

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 You can see I have had fun playing with accessories on my shelf.


One of my favorite views in our room.  With the chandy, vintage candlesticks, mirrors and now my Roadside Vintage Window Frame.

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From this:

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To this…

Vintage Window Frame above Mantel as a Headboard

It’s always amazing to me how such a small change can make a big impact.  Who would have thought a $3 Roadside Vintage Window Frame  could change the look and feel of my bedroom?

I am still working on our bedroom and more posts will follow to keep you updated.

What is a favorite view of your bedroom?  Do you try to keep it serene and inviting?

Thanks for joining me today.  I was REALLY excited to tell you about my Roadside Vintage Window Frame.

Before you leave, don’t forget visit the Fall Home Decor Tour. It is as simple as clicking on the picture below:

Fall Friends Tour

Make it a terrific Thursday.


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Fall Home Decor Tour

Welcome to the Fall Home Decor Tour.  It’s FIVE full days of Fall inspiration and decor ideas for your home.

Today I am here to share a quick and SUPER easy Fall Book Page Wreath with you.

Fall Home Decor Tour

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Fall Home Decor Tour Starts Today

Happy Monday!  The temps are FINALLY cooling down here.  It’s only 79* and we are waiting for a thunder storm.  That must mean only one thing…It’s almost Fall.  Did you know the event of the season starts today??? Yep!  The  Fall Home Decor Tour Starts Today.  Woot woot!

Fall Home Decor Tour Starts Today

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Inspiration Monday Features and Party

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! It’s time to get this party started…on all SEVEN blogs. You only need to link up on one blog to be seen on all of them!

We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 

Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:

I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle

Redhead Can DecorateScattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomFall is definitely in the air! Looks like everyone’s been baking and enjoying all of the flavors of this crisp, lovely season. Check out all of the pumpkin-filled yumminess linked to last week’s party below {this week’s features selected by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor}>>>

10 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes | An Inspiration Monday Collection

10 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes | DIY Playdough Mason Jars| An Inspiration Monday Collection

DIY Playdough Mason Jars from Living Chic on the Cheap

Please keep in mind:
- Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.)
– Link up all of your creative fun…including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog.
– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
– By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.


I can’t wait to share some of YOUR projects on Social Media this week!

Make it an Inspiration Monday!



Field Trip Friday with Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things

It’s once again my favorite day of the week.  Not, because it’s Friday, BUT because it is Field Trip Friday with Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things.  Jeanette has become one of my favorite DIY bloggers over the past year.  She is talented, has great taste, and keeps within her budget.  Her blog reflects her lifestyle and her talents.  You are going to LOVE my friend, Jeanette…

I’m Jeanette, and I’m a Mom, recently married, and the DIY blogger behind Snazzy Little Things. I’ve been documenting my DIY adventures as I add vintage character and architectural interest to my newer, builders-grade home. I enjoy expensive-looking DIY while maintaining an extremely conservative budget. My adventures are also documented on Facebook daily.

Today I’ll share my tips on how I “pulled it all together” over the years.


First, let me tell you the backstory…

Back in 2005, I took a gigantic leap of faith and built my very first home. This decision placed me smack-dab in the middle of a terrific neighborhood with excellent schools for my kids. But as you can see from the pictures below, I lived in a builders-grade, all-white “gymnasium” for several years. When I would call my kids’ names, you could hear my voice echoing throughout the house. :)

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During the construction phase, I opted for square footage upgrades including a sunroom addition, bumping out the family room by 4 feet, and opening the basement crawlspace for a full instead of a partial basement. I avoided fancy, overpriced upgrades and architectural details (such as wainscoting or upgrading my kitchen cabinets) — even though I desperately wanted them. The final result was a home with 3000 square feet, which is great for resale — yet it was extremely overwhelming to decorate (especially as a single Mom on an extreme budget, which I was at the time). Paying for this new home + daycare for two kids…it was, quite frankly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

So…where did I start?

“First Impressions…FIRST”

The first few years I was here, I would often ask myself “what do visitors see when they walk in my front door?” So I focused on those spaces first and tackled DIY as my time and budget would allow. Small, inexpensive touches can go a long way, too, such as adding potted flowers to the front porch. Painting the front door. Installing a new floor in the entrance foyer. Later I added DIY wainscot, which made a major impact in the overall aesthetic.

My newly painted black front door. (Meet my dog, Buddy, in the window). Read about how to achieve a high-gloss finish on your front door, tips and tricks here.


Over time, I saved for other exterior upgrades. Read more here.


Eventually, I decided to add the architectural detail that I LOVE the most — wainscoting! Here is my foyer upon entering.

Wainscoting by Snazzy Little Things

Above: See how you can upgrade your own space with a DIY wainscot project, inspired by my old Chicago brownstone apartment.

My office is immediately to your right when you walk into my home. As far as how I tackled all 3,000 square feet? I would work in “sections” and focus on that space for several months…then I’d move into the next room, or section.

home office

You can take a full home tour here.


Above: The office houses a thrifted, old weathered bench. The locker baskets serve a practical purpose-they hold my kids’ library books. I’m in the process of mixing “junque” with my more modern purchases. You can read more about that here.

framing vintage postcards

Above: Inexpensive, personalized DIY art using vintage postcards of some of my favorite places, vintage style.

“Salvage What You Own”

As far as furniture goes, I simply made due with what I had. As my tastes evolved, I would weed out pieces that no longer fit, but I was never hasty. I would salvage my favorite pieces and repurpose them. I even tried reupholstery for the sake of saving money. Over time and as I continued living in my home, I realized how I wanted each room to flow. When I shopped for new items, I did so with a vision and would only buy one piece at a time. Sometimes, rooms would sit empty and house a simple sitting area. A plant, and chair and a lamp is all you need sometimes to make a space beautiful. I would thrift and repurpose items to personalize each space. My DIY furniture gallery showcases some of the pieces I kept over the years. I always choose pieces with “good bones” and would serve me well if I repurposed them.

“Know When To Splurge”

Where did I splurge? I invested in key upgrades. I added a deck, stamped the exterior front porch and invested in some newer, key furniture pieces. We hired someone to also install our vision for an industrial-style basement. Sometimes you just can’t DIY, you have to give yourself a break and know when you’re in over your head and save for a splurge.

“Developing Your Style”

I recently began to describe my style as French-Industrial…and while I haven’t fully achieved this look…it is certainly something I am striving for. Historically, I have been a minimalist when it comes to decorating. My preference is a no-fuss approach, with clean lines and a simpler look. Although, lately I admit to trying my hand at busier, seasonal vignettes (and having a lot of fun with it). You can see how I decorate my home for the holidays as well…I tend to go all out. Even for Halloween. Mine is the “party house” according to my friends.

I find ways to mix in elegant pieces with industrial ironwork, old chippy windows, and I love ALL tufted furniture. Interesting vintage items almost always make their way into the trunk of my car after an afternoon of thrifting. And because of the exquisite craftsmanship of French-inspired opulence, I am always drawn to anything from France. The language, the wine, the food…and of course, the furniture.

Everyone gathers in the kitchen, don’t they? Here is a little accent I added – my kitchen backsplash. Approximate cost was only $150…$200 tops if you buy new brushes and supplies.


I only spent $1600 on all the kitchen upgrades. I painted the cabinets, and added an inexpensive backsplash with paint and stencils. I also weighed several options before settling on upgrading my island with Ikea butcher block.

I’m now working my way into the basement remodel which was unfinished for a number of years (yet it served as an excellent roller skating rink and dodgeball arena). Can you tell I’m embracing the industrial motif? You can see more of that “splurge” and the design process here.

industrial basement decor

It’s still a work in progress…acquiring pieces take time! In the background you might have caught a glimpse of a fun DIY project, an oversized piece of art made from a shower curtain. I had to learn how to increase the size and scale of my art in my open design home.

“Showcase Your Favorite Pieces”

Once I updated a piece of furniture, I would find a way to show them off! Such as my Victorian table. This beauty had a lot of stains and water marks when I bought it, but when I applied a coat of Paris Grey Chalk Paint…I was in love.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY Table

Above: A once damaged, $25 thrifted Victorian table that I refreshed with paint. It now serves as my sofa table.

I get such a kick out of finding an old, forgotten piece of furniture that has potential to become something “cool” or beautiful. A $25 Goodwill Upcycle

Above, this Goodwill transformation is a reader favorite, but an example of that “surprise element” in home decor that I love. It was THIS piece that got my blog recognized, and caught the eye of a local shop owner. I now sell my upcycled furniture creations in her store.

My Advice for Pulling It All Together?

To take your time. Relax and enjoy the journey of decorating and developing your style. Be patient when seeking the right pieces for your home, and avoid the temptation of buying the first item that comes along that happens to fit your dimensions. If something isn’t working, remove it from the room, and try it elsewhere in your home. Always visualize an item’s potential, whether it’s an old piece of furniture or a full room ensemble. This opens your mind to all the possibilities – even thrifted items.

And when in doubt…simplify. It’s the most economical option there is when it comes to DIY and decorating!


My entire blog was built with extreme budgets in mind, so I hope you’ll visit for more ideas…feel free to stop by often for inspiration!

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Thanks SO much for sharing your journey with us, Jeanette.  It was an honor to have you post on my blog today. Thanks to everyone going on Field Trip Friday with Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things, today.  I hope you visit her blog and all of her social media outlets.  You WILL be inspired EVERYDAY.

Make it a Field Trip Friday!



August Highlights

Happy Thursday everyone!  I am happy to be home from California.  I spent a week with our kids and grandkids.  It was lots of fun, food, swimming, visiting, games, and great one on one talks.  I love being with them.  BUT, I sure missed my Hubby.


August Hightlights

Today is a fun post for me.  It’s is all about What Meegan Makes August Highlights.  It’s always fun for me to look back and see what I have done the past month.  I thought you might like it too.

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