Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stir Stick Lampshade DIY

I know that I've been sharing tons of "studio" photos, but I've been doing so much stuff in there, I have lots to show you guys.

Here's a DIY project that I completed (well, almost completed) over the weekend. I saw a similar project to this on Pinterest, and thought it'd be cute to do it in a larger scale, to make a big drum shade for my studio. Normally I'm not into "cutesy" things, but I thought the paint stir stick shade would be pretty clever in an art studio -- plus the whole project only cost about $40.

I went to Lowe's to try and get some paint stir sticks for free (which I thought they might do, since I buy paint there about 3 times a week, and I rarely take stir sticks, but no. Major bummer. I ended up buying them online here), and also picked up some veneer edging for my brace on the inside as well. Here's what it looked like:

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I thought it would be a little harder than it was, but it ended up working out alright. I also thought about using two hula hoops as my inside brace, but I couldn't find any around my part of town. I liked the veneer edging, though, because it was the same color as the stir sticks.

FYI, the Pinterest version of this project just simply hot glues paint stir sticks onto a store bought lampshade, but I knew a gigantic (mine was 7 feet in diameter) lampshade would be hard to find, and pricey!

Anyway, This is how I got my two pieces of veneer to stay in place:
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After I hot-glued the two ends together, I placed them on top of each other, and started hot-gluing the sticks on.

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Pretty easy to finish it on up from there. I just figured out how many sticks I'd need, based on the length of my veneer (each stick was about 1").

After I glued all the sticks on, I decided to stain it a slightly darker shade than the natural tone they come in. I mixed a "java" stain that I already had, and a "honey" stain that I already had together, then diluted it a LOT with mineral spirits. I'd say the mixture was about 1 part java/1part honey/20 parts mineral spirits. It was almost clear! I brushed it on with a chip brush. Here you can see the difference:

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After I had it all stained and ready to hang, I looped wire around 4 sides of the lamp. I wanted it to hang evenly, so I just measured out the 4 sides from each other.

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I hung little white hooks into the ceiling, and hung the wire from them. Very easy, and you don't even notice the wire and hooks. I do plan to hang a light kit like this in the middle soon (duh).

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As you can see, it got a little uneven there at the end. DANGIT. This is where you learn from my mistakes - just be really careful to keep your stirsticks lined up directly with the veneer.

It's not completely attention-grabbing in person, but yes, it does annoy me that it's not perfect.

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I like how the stain came out. I didn't want it to be very dark, but just dark enough to not look like giant popsicle sticks.

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23 comments:

  1. This is awesome! It doesn't look crafty at all!

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  2. You. Never. Cease. To. Amaze. Me. Seriously. You are insanely talented. Love this project!

    www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

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  3. WOW! This is really awesome! awesome!!!



    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  4. that looks fantastic!

    I'm gonna have to make my own!

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  5. Love the size of it, and the oval shape too. It's gonna look great with light shining through the stir sticks, make sure to post an update when the light kit comes in, k? = )

    When you first said paint stirrers, I was envisioning drippy color ends -- I think I like the clean version better though.

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  6. Fantastic!! Another great idea!

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  7. WOW!!! this is mind-blowing and so fantastic! I'm already adding this to my next Melt My Butter feature post!!

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  8. So cool! But I can't believe they didn't just give you the sticks! I took about 15-20 from HD last time I was there to use as shims in our kitchen remodel, no problem. Maybe you talked to the wrong guy/gal! Either way, the shade is still a beautiful project!

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  9. Fantastic! I love the size and your stain mixture. Looks perfect in your studio.

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  10. this so creative and genius!! i think it looks wonderful and i love how literal it is for a painter in her brand new studio!

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  11. It's beautiful! I don't think it looks kitschy at all. I'd hang that above my dining room table any day!

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  12. I think it looks wonderful! I really love the color and it doesn't look crafty at all!

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  13. You continue to amaze and inspire. Destiny

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  14. You are out of control! How awesome is this one. Seriously, every project you do blows me away. This is genius and looks great!

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  15. Thanks, everyone!!! :) I went ahead and hung the lightbulb yesterday - it worked great! I'll try to remember to take a pic soon!

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  16. love this, the light looks so great!

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  17. holy moly, kristen. you are a genius. that is fabulous!

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  18. I think this is spectacular and you did a really great job - love it and the texture it gives to the studio!

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