Monday, January 31, 2011

On the Road Again - Lamp Restyle

Smarty Pants, my almost 5 year old, absolutely loves cars.  He loves to play with cars, he likes to watch movies & shows about cars, he knows the make & model of most cars, he points out the different types of rims (huh?), he even enjoys going to all-day car events with The Mister-- I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree :)  So, of course, he wants a CAR room.  I didn't want to pigeon-hole him, so at first it started out as a "Transportation" room, but now I think it's time to go all-out cars, cars, cars!

First project...
A Car-inspired Lamp

I took a plain old lamp...

this one was part of a set that we purchased at Home Depot years ago

Changed out the lamp shade...
I picked up the black drum shade at Target for $13

Cut out white craft felt into 1 x .5 inch pieces... 

Asked Smarty Pants which cars he wanted on his lamp and
Glued everything down with a hot glue gun...
Quick and easy!  The hardest part was figuring out the spacing of the dotted white line.
My lampshade has a 37.5 inch circumference so I spaced apart the felt strips every 1.5 inches. 

Cars in Motion...
just ignore the cars that are driving backward...

As far as projects go, it was really fast and easy-- 20 minutes tops.  And the best part is that Smarty Pants absolutely loves it.

Next up:  Pixelated Car Wall Art

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  1. This is truly FABULOUS! My son just turned 5 and he will ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!!!!!!
    I'm looking forward to reading over your blog as I'm new here but am immensely intrigued!!!!

    Hugs as I'm on my way to live in Italy next week,

  2. Stinkin' cute! Your son won't be tempted to pull the cars off?! What fun decor.

  3. Thanks turtlemss!

    Lana- Wow, Italy... how exciting! I'll be stopping by your blog after I'm done here.

    Kim - I'm pretty sure the almost-5 year old won't touch it... I did a hot wheel frame a year ago and its still intact. But the 2 year old... oh the 2 year old... now that's another story :) Right now it's out of his reach!

  4. This is just the cutest idea. My son is into cars as well. We're in the process of turning changing it from a nursery and into his big boy room. This would be perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. This is so darn fun and creative! WOW!

    I am stopping by from What Ever Goes Wednesday, would love to have you stop by my blog and check out my project :)

  6. stopping by from somewhat simple, I love that lamp, very cute!

  7. Oh my goodness - that is such a great idea!!

  8. That's really, really cute ... I'm sure your son loves it!

    Visiting from Somewhat Simple.

  9. Hey Mel!
    Love the project, very creative and unique

  10. This is so so so cool! My son would love this! I am featuring it at!!!

  11. I'm featuring this at my Show & Share Party tomorrow--please stop by and grab a "featured" button!

  12. The car lampshade is wonderful. My brother's birthday is coming up and I am thinking he just might need a new desk lamp! I will at it to my blog tutorial list. Thank you for the inspiration. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  13. This is awesome! My son would love it and I've been thinking we need to get a lamp in his room. I've made several fun car themed things for his room. You can see them here although for the best ones, you'd need to go to that address and then click older posts once. I'm definitely adding this to my list of projects to do.

  14. I am SO making this lamp to go with my son's car room!

  15. This is SO cute! My son has a transportation room and I wish I would have thought of that!

  16. I love this! What a cute idea!

    I would love to have you link this to my link party.

  17. Oh my goodness- this is so cute. I'm putting this in my craft storage for when I have a little boy. great idea :)

  18. Thanks for an awesome post! I featured it on my blog today!


  19. I am bookmarking this one. I like writing kids post and maybe in the future I could borrow this idea. I always link back.

  20. WOW! That is a really cool lamp! I may have to make one of these for my son.

  21. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  22. Melanie, I love also this idea... Pure awesomeness!

    1. Thanks Desiree! This is still one of my favorite projects for my son's room. Now I really need to finish up the rest of his room!!

  23. Such a clever idea...I featured it here:


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