Mad For Plaid Winter Shades-How to make a lampshade cover

Winter is coming and I decided that my lampshades need a winter blanket just like my bed.  The store bought lamp shades are rather expensive so I decided to make covers for my lampshades for less money.  In this post, I’ll share with you how to make lamp shade covers.

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DIY- Make your own lampshade covers

I have been mad for plaid these past few years.  So I decided on plaid shade covers.  They match my winter bedroom theme and my overall Christmas winter theme too. I chose a very thin almost sheer fabric with the colors of plaid I wanted. You can choose what you might like for colors but a thin lightweight fabric works best.

I measured the circumference of the lamp shade and added only an inch and half to 2 inches extra to the number.  Then I measured the length of the shade and added just two inches to that measurement.  After the cutting the fabric to these sizes I sew the ends together of the circumference , then serge the edges of the length.  Now turn under the edges of the length to form a seam allowance just enough to be able to thread a thin elastic band through this.  Using 1/4 inch wide elastic,  the length should measure an inch less  than the number of the lampshade circumference.  It does not need to be too tight. After you have threaded the elastic band through the seam and stitched the ends to hold in place, you can simply pull the shade cover over the lamp.  The elastic seam should be under and over the edge of the shade to hold it tight.

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Dress up a dining room lampshade for Christmas.

The sky is the limit to how many covers you want. Lampshades are sold in such boring colors, white, cream, burlap.  So get busy and create some interesting eye catching covers to match your decor.  Let’s not depend on the manufacturers to decide what our lamps should look like.  Make your lamps stand out and let the light shine through your choice of color.

 

“For her lamp does not go out by night.  She lays her hands to the spindle, ” Proverbs 31: 18-19

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Warm up your bedroom with some red plaid.

 

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Summer Seas table setting

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Summer by the sea is the best place to be!  I love summer days and nights.  Living nearby sea water always reminds me, how I am lucky to live where I do.  Summer table settings should not seem fussy or elegant this time of year.  So gather up your seashell collections and grab some rattan placemats to set the dinner mood at ease. You too, can evoke the sense of the seas at your dinner table.

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Summer Seas Table setting
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Capture the Seas mood

If your dinner mood is relaxing by the Sea. Play some soft music of ocean waves and listen to the seas while dining…pretend the the Caribbean sea is just beyond your table.   Those breezy outdoor summer nights are only a short season so be sure to make the most of dining outside!

Serve up some fresh fish tilapia, salmon or how about a deep sea bass?  Keep the menu simple and light.

The blue melamine plates and soft ruffled linen napkins from pottery barn help create this light summer setting.  Bamboo flatware turns up the island feel.  Get to the sea! even if it is only at your dinner table.

 

 

The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land.   Psalm 107:29

 

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Newly Showered – Bath Remodel 2016

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Adding a shower to a bathroom during remodel is tricky when you need to count every inch.  This bathroom was a 1980’s leftover and desperately needed a  2016 remodel.  The space needed a shower added, with only 8′ x 5′ of room to work with.

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BEFORE

We knew the space was small and had a large window, but the only place for a shower was on the outside wall, which meant changing the window.  The vanity was allowed 30″ of wall space and the toilet 30″ of wall space and rest of the 66″ was left to create the shower.   The original space did not include the shower so adding was the biggest benefit to remodeling this bathroom. We hired our contractor John Bass. He created our custom cubbies and replaced the original window with the new sliding window.

My son and my husband handled the demolition of the old bathroom. The old bathroom needed a complete demo to the studs.

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Demo to the studs revealing the cast iron  pipes that should not be moved…

 

A bathroom size of 8′ x 5′ will allow only for a very small shower, vanity and a skinny size toilet.  The dual flush toilet was a Kohler Persuade  from Lowe’s.

My desire was to have shades of gray bathroom to blend with my new gray bedroom decor that is adjacent to this bathroom.  Choosing marble tile was the best match to the vanity, so I chose a subway tile in marble.  I purchased all the tiles at Lowe’s  so it was easy to return what I did not use.

After lot’s of shopping and lot’s of returning 3 vanities to find just the right one, we settled on this beautiful marble one.   My son the electrician Andrew, completed all the wiring and installing of lighting and fans.

The bathroom was completed in 6 weeks.

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Just before the plumber and painting
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Bath complete with shower added into the 8×5 space

 

Same view as photo before remodel

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Full bath- remodeled 2016
before and after bath
before and after remember?
Sink and double flush toilet
Sink and double flush toilet

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;  Prov 24:3

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