Let There Be Light!

Well this has to be possibly my quickest project to date!


A little while ago we’d been looking to replace the very old lampshade at the top of the stairs (by ‘very old’ I  mean that it wouldn’t have been out of place in the Beamish museum!) However, I really struggled to find anything I liked that didn’t cost a fortune.  In the end I settled for a plain cream shade that was just £4 from Wilko.  Every time I went upstairs I wondered what I could do to liven it up a little, and then remembered a lampshade I’d seen at the lovely Vintage Powder Room and Tea Shop in Whitley Bay – isn’t it gorgeous?!



Now that I had a plan, I took down the shade and spread out some of my button stash on the kitchen table to see what I could make use of.  Then I plugged in my trusty glue gun!




Whilst I love the totally random, ‘full on’ look of the Vintage Powder Room’s shade, I decided to go for something a little more subtle and opted to decorate the bottom of the shade only.  I measured the circumference so that I could work out how far apart to space my buttons (and check that I’d have enough of the design I chose too).

To help me space the buttons out, I made use of my sewing gauge which was ideal for the job.  The glue gun took no time at all to heat up and then it was simply a case of sticking the buttons on, one at a time, trying not to burn myself with the hot glue!  I decided to space some lovely wooden floral heart buttons out first, and once they were all in place I went back round again adding in some plain wooden hearts.

I may yet take it down again and add a few more buttons, but for now I’m really pleased! 🙂