I decided to tackle the "DIY Chevron Lampshade". It looked like it would be fairly simple, so I didn't bother clicking through to the instructions, I just tried to figure it out from looking at the pin (maybe that is where things went wrong....hmmmm?). Here is the original pin.
It looks easy! Tape, paint, and lampshade.
I started with a lamp that I got for free at a garage sale.
I had already applied a coat of paint here, but the lamp shade was a reddish color....I painted white, and then pink to get the shade the base color that I wanted (I also painted the lamp itself black to match my room decor). I let the paint completely dry. I gave it about 36 hours.
After the paint was dry, I started taping it off for the chevrons.....painter's tape didn't stick, at all. I thought it was because of the paint, but nothing worked. I ended up using some heavy duty, water proof first aid tape. Thankfully that worked......
....medical tape worked, but I can't make a chevron to save my life! After my (wonky) chevrons were taped off I painted over the whole thing again......
Once again, I let it dry overnight because I didn't want to ruin the paint. Once it was totally dry, I pulled all that tape off.....
....to reveal some pretty interesting looking chevrons.
Altogether, it wasn't too bad. I can think of some things that I might do differently if I were to try this again, but at the right angle you can't tell how uneven the chevrons are, and I'm not planning on taking three days to do a lamp....ever again!
My lamp certainly doesn't look like the inspiration pin, but I think it has character! I really can't complain about a free lamp...so what if I can't make a chevron to save my life...The important thing is that I like the lamp, it works, and it actually looks good in my room...that is a "Pin Win" in my book!
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