DIY Lamp Shade: Fabrics Edition
We adore taking something excruciatingly plain and transforming it into a fabulously stylish piece of art. One of our favorite ways to spice up a home is by occasionally updating the color palette and swapping curtains, throw pillows and lamp shades for new trendy looks. This is also a great way to add simple decorations for holidays.
One of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to accomplish this is through do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. See our step-by-step guide below.
We chose this nautical design for our new lamp shade because it is summer and nautical is always in style, also, the red, white and blue goes great with the fourth of July.
Time: 15 minutes
Cost: $10-$20 depending on the shade and fabric you choose
5 Easy Ways to Modernize Your Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans, while purposeful, are not always stylish. Perhaps your ceiling fan came with your home or you purchased the fan a long time ago and your décor has changed significantly since then. Whatever the case may be, you’re no longer happy with the way the fan looks. Before you consider trading in your old spinner for a newer model, here are some affordable and easy tips to modernize your ceiling fan.
1. New Blades
Ceiling fan blades can fade and warp over time, causing the fan to look shabby. Replace the outdated fan blades with a new blade set, preferably from the same manufacturer as the fan to guarantee a good fit. Skip the standard issue reversible blades and opt for blades with hand-carved and textured details. Choose natural finishes like dark mahogany, dark walnut and Spanish Oak that show off the grain. Fan blades range in price from $50 - $200 depending on the manufacturer so there are plenty of options for any budget.
2. Paint Job
Just as the blades lose their original luster so does the motor housing and hardware. You can quickly restore the fixture’s patina with an inexpensive paint job. For the fan hardware, choose a paint color that complements the hardware such as the door hinges, door knobs and appliances. For the fan blades, choose a paint color that complements the furniture, doors and woodwork. See our previous article on how to paint a ceiling fan, which we completed for about $15, for materials and instructions.
Staff Feature – Colby Harris
At Del Mar Fans and Lighting, our employees are our most valuable asset. Each month, we'll be featuring a different employee to highlight his or her value and find out what makes him or her tick. This month, we're featuring Colby Harris, one of the founders of Del Mar Fans and Lighting.
Colby is the in-house health and yoga guru. Here's what he had to say about working at Del Mar.
1. What do you like most about your job?
Being able to express my creativity in a team environment.
2. What 3 words best describe you?
Driven, analytical, helpful.
3. If you won a shopping spree at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, what would be the first thing in your cart?
4. When you’re not at work, where can we find you and what are you doing?
Surfing or hanging with my wife.
5. What is your hidden talent or super power?
Pinspiration: 7 Unique DIY Pendants & Chandeliers
1. Bubble Chandelier
This minimalistic pendant design is fun and will make a bold statement in any room of your home. The Bubble Chandelier’s open design provides quality task lighting for when you’re working, such as, cooking, reading, writing or working with your hands. Turn your chandelier into an energy saving masterpiece by pairing with LED globe light bulbs, saving 75 percent energy saving.
Summer Party Outdoor Lighting Tips
1. Lighting the Perfect Barbecue with Pendants
Pendant lighting will be all the rage this summer. Outdoor pendant lights showcase your unique style and personality. Pendants are also easy to install. For a temporary fix, you could make your own DIY pendants or see our outdoor pendant light fixtures for radiance that will last years to come.
Best Places to Use: Above seating and eating areas on decks, patios or porches. Also, in backyard cabanas and gazebos.
Quick Tip: Try to give an 18 to 22 inch clearance level from the bottom of the fixture to the height of the tallest person in your family.