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One of my current client projects is a very dark and dramatic game room. The client has these super funky vintage green glass lamps and I could not remember if they had lampshades for them. On the way to a work session at their place I stopped by a second hand shop and purchased a pair of off-white linen drum lampshades for $6.99 a piece. Once I arrived I discovered that they did have lampshades albeit old dowdy looking ones. No problem, I’ll take my newly acquired lampshades and see if I can make them into something super cool. It will be a fun project and a great learning experience.

Project Plan

Okay gang, today I’m experimenting with how I want to decorate these lamp shades. I found these lamp shades and I want to make them cooler and more in line with the dark game room that I’ve been styling for a friend. I am imagining a punk rock graffiti design. I will need a gritty background before I can add the graffiti and I was inspired by my paint drop cloth which is covered in a lot of black and red paint markings. The ingredients I am going to start with I have on hand already. Some Red Rit Dye, Higgins Black Magic Waterproof Ink and a spray water bottle. I took a spare piece of blank drop cloth and started playing with techniques of how to get different ink spots, splatters, and wine rings. Once I’m comfortable with how to get the effects I’m looking for I start to tackle the lampshades. Let’s let’s see how it all turns out!

Project Process

I create a splatter effect with the red dye and ink and then squirt the splatter with a water bottle to let it bleed out and become a bigger splatter effect. After I create enough splatter to sufficiently create a gritty background I let the lampshade dry overnight.

ink splatter lampshades

The next day I took the lampshades outside and spray-painted my graffiti words on them. Overall I am pleased with the effect that I created. I wanted it to be gritty and that’s exactly how it looks. My husband kindly informed me that he didn’t like them because they were too Graffiti-ish. Ha! He thought they should be more old world looking. This makes me laugh because he had a preconceived notion of what I was going to make and it didn’t match up with what he thought it was going to be but it matched up perfectly with what my intention was. Thank you very much husband! I am not thrilled that the red dye turned pink after drying out. I really liked the darker red color in the above pictures. However, as you can see in the below picture, there is pink in the game room area rugs so I am hopeful!

DIY ink splatter and graffiti lampshades

These are for a role-playing game room so the term crit hit refers to rolling a 18+ on a D20 die.

Final Touches

As I mentioned in my video I wanted to add chain trim to the edges. The local craft store did not have a size and color that I liked and even a search on Etsy did not get me exactly what I wanted. Everything I found was either way too big or too small. Nonetheless, I added 8x5mm chain to only one of the shades to see if I liked it with or without. I can’t say I hate it or that it adds a significant flair. I do however LOVE the shades with the lamps in this bad ass gaming room! What do you think? Leave a comment below. Let me know if you love or hate or if you have a cool idea for another lampshade revamp!

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grafitti lampshade leather chesterfield

graffiti lampshade

This week was more painting. Black doors, teal half wall, and gold ceiling. Most everything went smoothly with the exception of the ceiling color.
I purchased Ralph Lauren Metallic gold paint last year for another project. I was hoping for a rich gold color but when applied it was very light, like a glaze, giving only a light gold sheen. This was not what I wanted so that project took a new direction and this paint was shelved. For this project I thought a light gold glaze to the ceiling would be gorgeous. A subtle hint of glam.

art deco paint colors

Here you can see the light sheen of gold from painting the fire alarms.

Alas, the application of this paint to the ceiling DID NOT look the same as above and I was very disappointed with the outcome. As you can see, the paint color was VERY dark and not subtle in the slightest.


Despite my disgust, I soldiered on and completed the ceiling.

Not only do I HATE the color but the consistency of the paint during application was awful. It was impossible to eliminate the striped, streaky effect of the roller. Most quality paints allow for rolling back over the same spot to layer the paint and soften the streaks but this paint did not allow for that at all. It was frustrating to work with and I was extremely disappointed that such a luxury brand was not better quality.
This disappointment was a lesson in deep breathing and preserving. I am continuing as planned and in the meantime, I will be investigating options for fixing the ceiling. I am, however, in love with the ceiling lights I selected!
art deco ceiling lights
So it wasn’t all bad! I definitely need to get creative and put my thinking cap on. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I welcome help😛

dining room interior design tips

Our dining area is in an odd space.  Our home didn’t come with a great room or a separate dining room. There was a living room and a kitchen with a doorway between the two. Since my family gets together weekly for dinner, we needed to make a space for our big dining table.  Here is what the space looked like before we moved in.

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Dining Room

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Living Room


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We needed to knock out that big opening and make it bigger; So we did!!



Now we can fit our big family dining table in the space but the kitchen is still separate from the living room.  So when everyone is over, they are sitting in the living room while I am in the next space not seeing them and feeling excluded.

I wanted a dining bench to bridge the gap.  A comfy place to sit and enjoy the conversations in both rooms.  SO now I bring it back to the purpose of this post, a dining bench.  I didn’t like anything I found on the market.  Either it was too boring or too white or had armrests that would bruise your thighs as you slid into the seat.  *grrr* The obvious solution for me was to make exactly what I wanted.

It was a long process and if I am honest with myself, I don’t love what I made but I do like it. It definitely fulfills my desires and I am pretty darn proud of myself and what I accomplished!

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