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
Brambleberry Cottage's Time Travel Thursday
Cindy at My Romantic Home
Finding Fabulous Frugalicious Friday

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