Friday, August 1, 2008

Mantel Attempt 2



Ok, so the more I looked at my mantel the more I kept thinking that something wasn’t quite right. I still don’t think this is it. I need height. I NEED to go shopping . . . but that’s going to have to wait for awhile. Until then this might have to do. I don’t know. Which do you like better? The Before After or the After After?



And you might notice my poor lamp to the right. Yes, this lamp has no shade. It has never had a shade. I bought it for $20.00 years ago at a Pottery Barn outlet thinking that I could easily find a shade for it. I think that was almost (don’t give away your age) ten years ago. I have never been able to find anything to fit it. I have even gone to a regular Pottery Barn store, and that hand nothing to fit. I’ve went to the hard ware stores. The screw things that they had to hold a lamp shade won’t fit. I think it most have held a glass shade of some sort. Any suggestions can I can possibly fix this? I thought about just making one, but not quite sure how to start.
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8 comments:

Jerusalem said...

My tip for mantles is go "big" go a little bulkier on either end. Most people aren't used to thinking that way, and collect lots of littler things - I know I am that way. But bigger is usually better when it comes to mantles - you have to fit the scale. Also you may want to eventually move your mirror down a little more for a "tighter" proportion. Does that make sense at all? As for the lamp, I have no idea other than trying some glass globes or hot gluing a too loose lamp shade onto the "cap" part itself... Good luck friend!

lisa said...

I would normally have the mirror lower, but the pervious owners must have hung a really heavy one from there because this is a big hole with a bunch of screws in it. I’m afraid that if I moved the mirror lower I would have to patch the sheet rock. I understand exactly what you mean though. I just don’t have anything big enough I think. We haven’t been here long and I didn’t have a mantel before. I love my pine trees. I guess that’s why they were up for so long. How big should I go? You know, for when I’m out shopping because I NEED it . . .

Pregnantly Plump said...

Maybe you could use a different mirror? One that's a little bigger? I'm not the best decorator, though. We got ours, which is a pretty decent size at a Pier One sale years ago. TJ Maxx and Marshalls always seem to have nice mirrors.
I don't have a great suggestion for the lamp either, but do you live in a place that has flea markets. My parents do and there is always a woman there with TONS of lamp shades of all different sizes and styles. Maybe someone like that could help?

Samantha said...

Hi Lisa, I didn't know if you would check back on my blog for me to reply, so I thought I'd leave you an answer here: I'm making the screens with embroidery hoops! :) I found a couple different websites that explains how to make them the "cheaper" way.... but I honestly can't remember the site names. Basically, I'm using a Chiffon stretched in an embroidery hoop and "faking" the emulsion by using ModPodge. It's pretty cheap and easy, but I'm planning on investing in a real kit soon - Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon this week! ;) Plus I want a few more colors other than black and have started thinking about how screenprinting could also spice up my quilts. Hope that helps... let me know if you try it out!

Liz said...

Hmmm.. my mantel resides in the man room and has commemorative baseball memorabilia on it... so I'm probably not one to give out advice. So I'll just say, Jerusalem knows her 'stuff.' I'd go with what she said.

Trina said...

I think the mantel looks fine both ways (without the trees since it's summer lol)

To answer your question about the CVS at Advil, I found out thru the RefundCents website that it was a hidden limit of 2. But if you check the bottom of your receipt it will tell you if you have reached your limit or not. The offer will have an * if you have :)

Lainey-Paney said...

Lower the mirror. I think that's really what is throwing it off.

Sarah and Jack said...

So there are no glass shades that will fit inside that metal part?

How about googling make your own lamp shade? It seems like it should be easy enough? I think if you were to alter a lampshade you would need the clip type instead of one that goes on a harp.