Monday, February 22, 2010

My Burlap Epic Fail Turned Mod Podge Miracle!

I have had this little wrought iron corner lamp stand/shelf for our entire married life. I think that it was the cheapest thing that I could afford at the time that fit a corner in our house that needed some extra light. Anyways...the lamp shade that I have on it isn't the one that it came with...the original one sits on top of the lamp that is sitting behind my newly remade bookshelf, which you can see here. I found that lamp in our garage without a shade and switched it out with the one from the corner shelf...okay, so the whole point of this is that I didn't like this lamp shade, which I referred to as the "burnt chicken"...and so I set out to make a new one, using the current shade as the base.

Lamp shade before...

...and this is my Burlap Epic Failure! Somehow this idea looked great in my mind's eye...obviously my mind's eye was blind! This is so {UgLy}...even my husband was telling me how hideous it was, and I had to agree! Y-U-C-K-Y!!! It didn't help that I had cut the burlap too short, and that I spaced the ripples too far apart. I can describe this in one word...DISASTER!!!

However, if I hadn't burlapped my lamp shade, and then tried to rip off said burlap, I would have never know that I could also tear off the "burnt chicken"...I thought it was a permanent part of the lamp shade! SO glad that I failed so that I could try again...with a renewed vision of how I wanted my lamp shade to look.

Here is my Mod Podge Miracle! Isn't she a beauty?!! I simply cut out some sheet music that I printed off of the internet and painted the Mod Podge directly on the lamp shade, and then again over the music after I stuck it on the shade. I tucked the overhang underneath the shade. I might add some decorative fringe to the edges of the lamp shade, but for now it stays like this.

And, while I was re-doing my lamp shade I figured I'd have some fun and re-do a few things on the shelves as well. Like this sweet little nest that I have all tucked inside a silver urn, which is nestled inside of a photo frame. The sweet little birdie was a Hobby Lobby find.

If you want to find out how to make your own Robin's Eggs, you can go here. For the nest I simply balled up some loose burlap threads and some jute twine, and then glued them together in a nest shape.

I love how the edges of the pages look on these antique books. They are from my great grandmother's home. All the books sit atop a new book that I covered with scrap book paper to match my color theme I have going on here.

I picked out some songs that are specially dear to me to cover my lamp shade...I love that doing that gives it extra special meaning.

I am linking this up to:

Make it for Monday @ Cottage Instincts
Met Monday @ BNOTP
Make Your Monday @ Twice Remembered
Get Your Craft On! @ Today's Creative Blog
Penny Pinching Party @ The Thrifty Home
Show & Tell Every Wednesday @ Blue Cricket Design

Get Your Craft on Thurs @ Life as Lori
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
I Made It! @ Everything Etsy

Show & Tell Fridays @ My Romantic Home


  1. Very, very nicely done! And I love your little birdie! We don't have HL here. Argh! =(

  2. Very Pretty! I love the idea of using sheet music....just lovely. I'm sorry your burlap shade didn't work cracked me up with your "epic failure" title.

    Happy Monday Gracie!



  3. I had an epic burlap failure too! I spent an hour covering my lampshade only to realize that it was the wrong type of shade. I had a harp style lamp and a uno style shade. My husband spends a lot of his time rolling his eyes at me...

  4. Grace, that is so funny! I have many failures like that as well. What's also funny is I just thought I was so clever making a mod podge/sheet music lamp shade just last week. Great minds thing alike. :)

  5. From epic failure to a modge podge miracle - success! It turned out great! Miki

  6. You crack me up! I love your music lamp shade. Very cute.

  7. Failure sometimes leads to the best end result, doesn't it?

    I love the sheet music!

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  8. Everything you show here is lovely. I really love that you used sheet music that has meaning to you. It turned out very pretty!

  9. This is super cute! I'm glad that you didn't stop and kept on going. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I'm thinking Mod Podge fixes just about anything. I am gonna start decoupaging and painting -- next month! Your lamp turned out great it the end. Have a great day! Blessings, Tammy

  12. Grace,
    That lamp shade is soooo stinkin cute...luv your idea! I'm having a GIVEAWAY and a new THRIFTY party...come by and check it out!


  13. The new lampshade looks a billion times better, it is gorgeous! Great job!

  14. nice job!! And your post is hilarious!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. That looks great! I love the sheet music - I've been playing the piano for 10 years, so anything with music ends up pretty dear to me! :)

  16. Not that I wish anyone failures, but it's comforting to know I'm not the only one who has them. The shade looks great! Wonderful mistake.

    Thank you for visiting junkblossoms. I love having company. Pat

  17. The sheet music is a great idea! I made a burlap lampshade, and it was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be! :) Great post!


  18. you are to funny! I like the sheet music lamp shade much better!!!

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  19. Love this sheet music lamp shade. Nice.

  20. My goodness this turned out really neat. Love the idea I never would of thought of it. Very pretty.
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