I’ve been working on the room that my two youngest are going to share for a little while, trying to change it from all “girly” to more neutral colors.

, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking

They both love little “creatures” so first I made some inexpensive artwork with green and brown colors…

, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking

I also had fun making a colorful balloon wreath to add some additional bright colors to the room.

The lamp shade needed some similar coloring, and so I picked up this fabric to cover it with.

, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking

Can I just say, I am NOT qualified to show you how to do it, because it was a nightmare (mostly because of the shape of the shade, and me not making the turned under edge nice and tidy).

, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking

, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking
I mod podged the fabric on, but in case you didn’t know, (I didn’t) when the light is on, you can see any and all uneveness in the folded over edge. Soooooooo, I painted the inside of the shade, which I’m still not sure is a good idea, because of flame “retardancy” or whatever, but it did help the problem.
, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking


, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking



, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking

I do like the way the finished product looks, however, for an easier DIY project, I would not recommend using the shape of shade that I did. I learned that shades which are closer in diameter from the top to the bottom are much easier to recover (a tube shape).  So here are a couple of links to help, in case you try this. (I certainly wish I had looked these up first!):
eHow
mom it forward – trim would have been very helpful to hide imperfections

I also picked up a “laundry hamper” to go with the color theme.

, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking

This won’t be for laundry though, I’m thinking of using it in their room to store stuffed animals, or my sons plastic swords (maybe both).

A few more additions, and this room will be “finished.” Some cute but inexpensive sheets, and possibly a rug will be next!

Blessings,
, Accessories for a Boy/Girl Room, Joyful Homemaking

12 Comments

  1. Adorable room decor! Thanks for the heads up on the difficulty factor of that shape shade… I have two lamps I want to redo and I think I’ll look for different shades first!

    Visiting from Nap Time Crafters!

    1. If I had to do it again, I would definitely look for a tube shape shade! Even when I searched for tutorials, most of them were for the easier tube shape. The ones I saw for my shape of lampshade, you had to make a pattern and piece it together, which would take too much time for my tastes. 😛

  2. Very cute lampshade! Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection and leaving me a sweet comment about the Chicken Ranch Wrap. I have been stalking your blog for a long time and I am honored you came by for a visit. I hope you’ll pop over again soon. Have a blessed weekend!
    ~Nici

  3. Thank you for showing the great projects and the not so great ones. It makes me feel way better when i feel like throwing the craft im working on across the room. 🙂

  4. I saw on another blog that they make self adhesive shades, no mod podge needed! This turned out really cute though!

  5. Love everything you’re doing! Both my son and daughter, ages 3 and 5, are having to share a room for a little while too. I’m having fun with putting the room together, but it has been a challenge to avoid making it too girly. I need to tackle a lampshade too!

  6. That shade looks so cute! I recently re-did some lamps too (still to blog about that yet!) but I tried painting the shade – yeah, you can see all the unevenness when the lamp is on! Ugh! lol

  7. Looks so cute and green is my favorite color! I’m giving it a try because I have a lamp that needs help!

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