Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I knocked off Pottery Barn... Again

O.k. so this may become a theme with me, but seriously who doesn't love Pottery Barn?! They have beautiful stuff and at their prices, they are so tempting to hack. I saw their calligraphy lamp shades and once again fell in love. How cool are these?

So easy to "borrow" this idea as well. I took two lamp shades that I had in my bedroom. They are about the same shape and color as these, except they had a decorative trim on them. I pulled off the decorative trim and unfortunately had  glue all around the edges:

Oh well! I will deal with that later! I then went to the online translator (again, see the other project I used it for last time here). I translated several love quotes I found online. Then copy and pasted that into my word document. I picked some script that I liked and put it in several different size fonts. I then taped the different pieces onto the inside of the lamp shade. I traced out the words with acrylic paint and a paint brush (took FOREVER!). I had some travel stamps that I got from Michaels and used those all over the shade as well.

Finally, to deal with the caked on hot glue, I covered it with some trim and fabric I had on hand. Total cost of project $0 (Only because I had everything on hand). Sorry Pottery Barn, once again I have evaded your $120 price tag for two medium shades. Thanks for the idea though :)

Happy hacking!



Krysta said...

I love it! I think I'm going to have to do this in my gameroom. Thanks for the inspiration.

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Thank you! It really was a fun project to do! Hope you enjoy it as well!

Kim said...

I think your blog might be one of my most favorites! These are beautiful- great job! I especially love that you didn't have to buy any supplies- I'm trying to use from my "hoard" more lately :)