Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fabulous Birdcage Lampshade

Who would have thought...
a broken birdcage fashioned into a lampshade?
I have had this cool old birdcage~marked cheap~ with a missing top in my booth for over a year. No Takers!
I hauled it home with very little vision for it myself, except maybe the trash can!
 I had my eye on a neat old black iron floor lamp with a terrible shade. I did some trading with a dear friend and ended up with this little project on my hands. I set to work shabbying the iron...with you guessed it, my white paintbrush. I used a stencil brush to paint this so I could get into the crevices....
I was playing around with an old broken birdcage and hung it on the end of the lamp to work on it and then realized it might just work for the lampshade. I tied the birdcage to the top of the lamp and then pinned a pretty ruffled valance around it! Waaa Laaa! An instant lampshade!
I realized there was a cord issue with this old lamp. The entire cord was exposed all the way to the shade. 
So, I used some white ruffled tiebacks and wound them around the cords.
 I found a home for this little beauty in my living room at the end of my Shabby bench.
Make it Fabulous for less Tip~
Get creative with the items you have laying around that are headed to the trash bin. 
Before throwing away a broken item, take a good look at it and make sure it can't be used for another purpose.  By removing the base of this birdcage, I was able to fashion it into a lampshade!
 I am partying with Faded Charm's White Wednesday
and
Brambleberry Cottage's Time Travel Thursday
Cindy at My Romantic Home
http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
Finding Fabulous Frugalicious Friday
and
Olivia

34 comments:

  1. Hi Olivia, I think it is just adorable.. and so very quirky! You did a great job and I love the lamp stand aswell. My favorite floor lamp was also black scrolly wrought iron till I painted it white and twined a faux rose vine all the way up to the shade. Love your idea! take care, Maryann

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  2. I think I am in love! What a charming idea too! I have an old standing lamp like yours that I just love but the cord is a pain. Right now I have it taped to the backside but the tape keeps coming undone so I am off to buy a wrap like you used (or make one if I have time)...Happy WW... I don't think we have met. So glad I found your pretty blog. ~ Lynn

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  3. What a great idea! Sometimes if you take the time to play with things - it all comes together. Your lamp looks beautiful and is certainly one-of-a-kind!
    Lisa@SuburubanRetreat

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  4. Olivia, that is one fabulous, gorgeous, and oh-so-creative lamp shade you've made!! I absolutely adore it!! Well done girl!! :)

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

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  5. HELLO OLIVIA,

    I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOUR NEW LAMP/BIRDCAGE TURNED OUT VERY CREATIVE :) THANKS FOR SHARING :)

    XOX~MARI

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  6. This is beyond cute...I am totally loving this idea...Thank you for sharing.

    Kelsie

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  7. What a clever idea ~ looks so pretty!!

    Great job Olivia!!

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  8. What a great idea-I have something I'm going to post in October with a birdcage that I couldn't sell either and I did something fun with it and now I'm glad I have it too! Happy WW

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  9. well hello fabulous fellow blogger...thanks for stopping by Finding Fabulous today! Love the cool repurposed lamp shade. Hope you'll link that up to Frugalicious Friday this week!

    Jane
    Finding Fabulous
    www.decormamma.blogspot.com/

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  10. I love Olivia that you put the bird cage to good use!

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  11. Oh my your trash to treasure transformation is AMAZING! I'm totally inspired!

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  12. Olivia, you are the lamp guru!! Sometimes the best ideas happen as accidents....It is lovely!

    Thank you for stopping by, you are right If I can find old hats and quilts they are instanly sold!

    Carol

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  13. I remember admiring this lampshade! I have the same lamp in black!
    My etsy shop is in the sidebar...guess you knew that :)

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  14. Oh how lovely & so creative too, I love it!
    Thank you for visiting me & for your lovely message.
    I shall become a new follower of you too as your blog is lovely.
    love
    Alison
    x

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  15. This turned out so cute...and I know how tickled pink you feel in being able to upcycle this old birdcage.

    We all seem to be in 100% recycle, upcycle, reborn cycle these days..which is a good thing. The land fills are not going to be as full {right now anyway :0)

    I'm visiting for White Wednesday. I'd love to have you pop in for a quick visit.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

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  16. I LOVE your new lamp! It looks fabulous!! All of your photos look gorgeous!

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  17. Wow!! Isn't it fabulous when you think outside the box and come up with something great!!! Your new lamp looks amazing. Dee xo

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  18. Oh Olivia,that is divine..Cute beyond words..xx

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  19. oh god, its soo pretty, please tell me where you got it from and how were you able to place it, its sooo good looking and so romantic!!

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  20. wow, a truely beautiful piece of decor, that would light up any place where it was used, a perfect thing for a perfect home!!

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  21. Hello, Olivia!!
    It's your Online Grandma!! LOL!!!
    I just love this idea!! It looks so pretty!!
    I always love my visits with you, dear!!

    Many Hugs,
    Debbie

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  22. What a fantastic makeover. You did a wonderful job!

    Stop by and collect your clues. The largest giveaway in Decor To Adore history will be revealed next Friday.

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  23. Very Unique Lamp!!! You are so inventive:) Love it!

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  24. Hi Olivia,
    I just love what you did with the birdcage. It's so lovely and looks great in your home.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  25. That is one of the most creative ideas I've seen in a long time and it turned out beautifully!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  26. Now that has to be the cutest lampshade every. Very creative. And yes Olivia, my nine year old adored my pumpkins!

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  27. What a precious project - I LOVE it!! Thanks for such an inspiring idea!

    *HUGS*
    Heidi

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  28. Well, I loved your faux fireplace, but this beauty has really stolen my heart. I collect old birdcages (broken ones, too), and would have snapped yours up in a second.

    You're actually fortunate that no one else got a vision for it. It's perfect in your living room now that you've given it such a wonderful transformation.

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  29. what a shabfabulous idea! i love it! i have a couple of bird cages, now i just need the lamp!

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  30. That's very cool how you took a birdcage and it made into art.

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Hello Friend! Thank you so much for stopping by! I love to hear your thoughts! Hugs, Olivia

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