|With flash- the wall color is grey, not green, but this photo has more depth and life|
So the images above are clearly of the new dining room. The lamp is the DIY project in question... when you take a room not designed to be a dining room (and with poor lighting in general) and make it a dining room, you are unlikely to have the electrics in place to hang a fixture over the table. Ikea makes this great cantilevered lamp, which we ended up getting from Freecycle. Mr. Unwired had to do a bit of engineering to replace a broken piece, which he did and it's awesome. My job was to repair and jazz up the lampshade, which was torn and boring. Which is the rest of this post.
|The view from a dining room chair|
What you're seeing is a generic, boring rice paper lamp shade, wearing the Sunday comics. Pinterest didn't warn me about the nuances of this project, so I'll share what I learned.
First, cut your paper into strips. I used one Washington Post Sunday comics section (4 pages, 8 sides), sliced up by a shredder. Consider cutting them about 1/2" to 3/4" wide, not 1/4 inch like mine. Wider will give you more coverage and be way easier to work with.
Next, hang your lamp shade over a work surface, in arms reach.
After that, prepare glue in a shallow bowl. I used regular white glue, diluted 50% with water. Dip the paper into the glue, then run it through your fingers to strip the extra glue back into the bowl. You want the paper to be wet, but not soggy.
Lay each strip, one by one onto the paper lampshade. This is where the advice 'use paper 1/2" to 3/4" comes from.' With the shredded comics, this took upwards of two hours, executed in 30 minute intervals. It's a very zen project as my hands were covered in glue so I couldn't play with my phone or do anything other than paper mache the lampshade.... And I am a bit obsessive, so the focus of this project was nice. But two hours seems excessive in the long run. Your mileage may vary.
I love the scale of the lamp in the room, and the light it gives is perfect. It's nicely filtered nicely through the paper shade and the comics, and it makes me smile every time I pass by. While I did this project to hide the tears in the lampshade (which it did perfectly), it ended up beatifying the space and making the large room more intimate. Time to invite folks for dinner!