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Upholstery basics: how to make a lampshade

Upholstery basics: how to make a lampshade
Although I’m admittedly a chair addict, they’re not my only obsession. I am a sucker for lamps, and after years of collecting lamps in every size, shape and color, I found myself with a lot of lamps and no shades. The success (or failure) of a table lamp has as much to do with the shade as it does the base, yet there are surprisingly few options when it comes to ready-made shades. This month on Upholstery Basics, we’ll make a custom drum shade to inspire your next bright idea. Photography by Mel Cole — Amanda Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials fabricpainter’s tapemeasuring tapechalksquareyardstickpressure sensitive styrenepencilscissorshard, flat object like a plastic rulerbottom and top ringsbulldog clipswhite craft gluesmall paint brushweights for the seampaper tapesewing machinethreadiron Resources Fabric: Amy Butler Lampshade Supplies: Lamp Shop Don’t forget to check out Upholstery Basics: Tool Time to learn more about the tools we’re using today. Instructions 1. 2. 3. Related:  DecorHow To

pretty (graphic) little table.... this little table is solid....i mean it is really heavy. they just don't make furniture like they used to. that is why i love finding old's just made better, no particle board, no veneer and they almost always had dovetailed drawers, like this one does. and i love being able to find something ugly, see the potential and make it beautiful and cool!!! the table started out looking like this kinda ugly. the owner had painted it a dull, dark green. i recruited austen and his friend nick to sand down some of the pieces for me. phase one of the re-do ended up like this. i papered the drawers in an embossed and paintable wallpaper. embossed wallpaper is great for adding some design to an otherwise boring piece of furniture or changing the look of a wall. an added bonus is that it covers up flaws in the wood and changes the entire look of the piece.....they sell it by the roll at lowe's or home depot and it's an inexpensive way to add some bling..... it's fabric!!!!

Tarnished Silver? Try This Easy Cleaning Trick With Basic Kitchen Supplies | Decorating and Design Blog I stumbled across these silverplated serving pieces on a recent antique hunt. Honestly, I wasn’t even in the market for serveware, but at the bargain price of just $2 for all 8 pieces, I couldn’t pass them up. Like most of my estate-sale silver finds, these were tarnished after years of non-use. tarnished silver or silverplate pieces large pot aluminum foil box of baking soda glass or plastic container deep and long enough to contain the tarnished silver pieces soft cotton cloth tongs Start With a Foil-Lined Pan Fill a large pot with water, place it on the stove and bring to a boil. Add the Baking Soda Once water has reached a boil, turn off the heat and add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Start the Reaction Carefully pour the water and baking soda mixture over the tarnished silver, ensuring that the water completely covers the silver and that the metal remains in contact with the aluminum foil. Leave the silver to soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Give It a Final Polish Rinse and Dry

decoupage light switch plates When your walls are painted a dark color, what do you do with the white outlet covers that become so obvious? The walls in our living room are this deep slate gray which makes the random white switch plates dotting each wall really stand out {and not in a good way}. Someone suggested painting them to match the wall color, but I was a little concerned that the paint would not adhere well to the plastic {has anyone tried this? Does it work?}. Then yesterday I had a moment of inspiration and decided to decoupage them with a fun scrapbook paper to make them blend, but also add a touch of style. Here’s what you’ll need: :: switch plate :: scrapbook paper {or wrapping paper, fabric or book pages} :: mod podge :: scissors :: sponge brush STEP ONE: cut paper slightly larger than outlet cover STEP TWO: apply mod podge to back of paper and front of switch cover and press together STEP THREE: cut out the corners STEP FOUR: applying more glue, fold in the sides and press to adhere Just what I was hoping for.

8 Tips for Cleaning Aluminum Siding With the right materials and techniques, cleaning aluminum siding can be a very easy and effortless task. Aluminum is an attractive, resilient, and tough material to use for the siding in your home which requires very little maintenance, but that little maintenance should be done to keep the best look and longest lifespan for your siding. Following are some of the tips that can be useful when cleaning yours. 1. Clean Regularly To prevent excessive dirt, dust, and mold from accumulating, it is recommended to maintain a regular cleaning schedule. 2. You will need laundry detergent, bleach if there is mildew on the siding, water from a hose or pressure washer, a cleaning brush, gloves, protective eye wear, a hat, and a jacket. 3. Before you clean the aluminum siding, you must clear the area of all items that may be damaged by the cleaning solution. 4. To clean stubborn mildew, you will need bleach. 5. 6. 7. You will need some assistance if you are going to be working on a ladder. 8.

IKEA's Cork Trivet 12 Easy, Clever or Colorful DIY Ways Got a few bucks and a few minutes this weekend? Pick up a couple of sets of IKEA's HEAT Trivet. A simple circular cork board, it's not what it is, it's what it could be, as evidenced by these simple, affordable and fast DIY projects that could transform a wall and add a little function to a space, too. At only $2.99 for a set of three, you can grab as many as you might need to brighten up your space. Pictured above: DIY Custom cork board IKEA hack for your entryway is a tiny punch of color and a way to organize your life a bit. DIY cork board wall art in a Southwestern theme will jazz up a wall in your home. A DIY Graphic Bulletin Board via RUE Daily Heat Notice Board via IKEA Hackers A fresh arrangement of them hanging on a wall over a desk as spotted on From Scandinavia With Love. DIY Painted Cork Board with a vibrant tribal paint job as seen on Devon's Wedding Blog. "Monogrammed" art for a wall or a shelf spotted on Studio 5. Modern Hand Painted Trivets on Inner Child Fun.

Removing grease/oil spots from concrete driveway (pools, color, cleaner) - House -remodeling, decorating, construction, energy use, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, building, rooms Forget all those cleaners that claim to work, non do.......and they cost money. Go get yourself a long wire brush with a stiff bristle and a handle on it. Driveways are normally finished with a broom while the cement surface is still a tad wet. If you wire brushed with the grain (the direction of the broom marks) it will disapear 100%. I promise you that nothing on earth works better....!!!! Project – Book Illustration Cubbies Well hello there - if you love design, vintage and artisan goods, you've come to the right place. Make sure you sign up for Design Marchand updates via Facebook or Twitter - join us for the hunt! Closets are great places to experiment with surprise design pops as your closet is all about you. No pretense. Learn how to make custom book illustration cubbies by clicking below. To create custom book illustration cubbies for my closet I used inexpensive bins from Ikea, an old copy of Blueberries for Sal and some Modge Podge. What book illustrations would you love to see in your closet?

How to Renew Concrete Surfaces In the past, when a concrete patio or driveway started to show serious signs of aging, using a jackhammer or bringing in a bulldozer were the only repair options. Today there are more practical alternatives. Polymer-based cement resurfacers are formulated to transform cracked, spalled, weatherworn concrete to like-new condition. The top dressing we used, Ardex All-Purpose Concrete Resurfacer, is made of portland cement and high-performance polymers. It's mixed with water and applied with a steel trowel, squeegee or push broom to a thickness of only 1/16 inch. One 20-lb. bag costs about $25 and covers 50 to 60 square feet. Besides patios and driveways, Ardex can be used to resurface concrete stairs, sidewalks, garage floors, and most vertical surfaces. For optimum results, work on a day with low humidity, no rain and an air temperature ranging between 70° and 75°F.

diy rope bowls so it's been a while since i've posted anything remotely crafty lately...i suppose i must be getting lazy (technically lazy-er). anyway, i saw this cute bowl on craftgawker over the weekend so i decided to make my own-with my own tutorial 'cause i need the practice anyway right? anyway, it's a pretty simple process, it's actually really similar to my recycle magazine bowl but with rope instead. basically just glue, wrap, glue, wrap, etc, etc. all you need is a hot glue gun and rope. i got my rope for $2-it's 50 ft, 1/4 inch, manila rope (i almost went with the sisal but i liked the color of the manila more). start wrapping in a circular motion to form the base. if you plan on making several i might consider making all the bases first just to make sure they're the same size. when i made my second i tried to make it the same size...which of course, it isn't. but that could just be the fact that i can almost never make the same thing twice... making one bowl took me about an hour...ish?

The fine points about sandpaper as stain remover - tribunedigital-chicagotribune November 19, 2004|By Mark Hetts, Universal Press Syndicate. Q. In your column a while back, you discussed safe ways to remove toilet stains and to clean pipes. You must remember to use very fine-grit sandpaper, and the porcelain must remain wet at all times. Regarding your advice about cleaning pipes (by using baking soda, a little water and white vinegar to help clear slow drains), I have a problem with that. A friend recently had her house remodeled. Is this a buildup of baking soda and vinegar over the years, discovered only when the pipe was removed and examined? A. I have used some of the especially fine-grit papers not only to polish out scratches in the enameled surface of my 50-year-old tub and nearly 100-year-old porcelain toilet, but also to polish marble and granite and make some scratch repairs on my car. I have an assorted packet of Flex-I-Grit Fine Finishing Film, which is made by a company called Moyco in Philadelphia. Mr.

How to Make a Moss Topiary Tree Home decor doesn’t have to cost a fortune, especially if you can make it yourself. I often find beautiful home accessories in magazines and catalogs only to realize the prices are outrageous. Most of the time the products I see in catalogs can be made with a few supplies for a fraction of the cost. Today I’m going to show you how I made a moss topiary tree to add to my tabletop decor. Supplies needed to make your own moss topiary tree: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. I then finished it off with a burlap ribbon. About Crystal Crystal is the crafter and writer behind Google+

How do you keep your cut veggies fresh? I buy romaine hearts that come three to a package. Usually cleaning two heads at a time, I break off and rinse each leaf individually, drain them all together in a colander, shake off each leaf and then lay it on dry paper towel. I lay out the leaves side by side on a strip of paper towels that haven't been torn apart, one layer of leaves on one strip of towels for each head (usually about five of the brawny "pick a size" which are about six inches wide). I handle iceberg lettuce in a similar fashion, by cutting out the stem, rinsing the head by holding the now-empty core under running water to fill the entire head with water and upending in a colander to drain. I would not wash baby spinach (or grown-up spinach, for that matter) or any other greens ahead of time. I have another trick for cucumbers. For bell peppers I wash and dry them, remove the top and the seeds, then cut them in half. I don't wash celery, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, most herbs, or any fruits ahead of time.

Double Dose of Spring DIYs! Here are two spring inspired DIYs using moss! Hope you enjoy. Supplies: Moss mat, cork coasters, Mod Podge. Pantry Supplies: Scissors, paintbrush. First, paint a thick layer of Mod Podge on the top of the cork coaster. The next project is a simple flower pot necklace. Supplies: small wooden flower pot (check your local craft store in the wood section!) Pantry Supplies: Paintbrush, scissors. First, glue both ends of the chain to the inside of the pot. dress found at a second hand store.