Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY Oyster Shell Chandelier

My mom’s coastal theme remodel is slowly coming together, first the walls were painted a light grey, such a difference from the yellow that was there before.I surprised her with a oyster chandelier I made, I thought it would be perfect for the space and it turned out even better than I thought it would.

I used a vintage metal lamp shade and removed the silk fabric, drilled holes in the cleaned oyster shells (about 120 shells) and strung them on the metal frame, using craft wire.
We don’t live too far from the oyster capital of the south so it was easy to get the shells for free. I also purchased chain and socket hardware from Lowes. It casts a nice glow in her dining room.



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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fabric repurposing

This project is an older one that I never posted about so I thought I would share it with you now.
I wouldn’t  call myself a fabric junkie, but I do love collecting unusual or vintage fabric. I love buying older pieces at garage and estate sales and repurposing them and this is a perfect example.
I found this queen size comforter set for only 8 bucks, I’m not really sure how vintage it is, but it looks vintage and the fabric was nice.

It’s always funny to me when a fabric verges on being kind of funky that it could be either really ugly or really cool. 
The only thing is I hated the green ruffled trim around the comforter and also the shams. What to do? Take off the ugly trim and make something new.
I don’t have a before picture of the sham but here’s the comforter, the sham looked just like this.
Eventually I will also remove the ruffle trim on the comforter and either use as a comforter or use it for the fabric.
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The dust ruffle that came with the set was the right size and needed nothing.
I love my $8.00 deal.