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Gold Leaf Lampshade | MAKE.

Light it Up! | Manhattan Nest. The recommendation for good, dimmable, not ugly CFL here is good to keep around.

You’ll Never Guess What We Used to Make This Colorful File Organizer | Brit + Co. Spoiler: they used Plasti Dip, which I’ve attempted to find in stores before but failed. I’ll have to try again, I have something in mind.

How To: Make a DIY Hanging Glass Bottle Vase » Curbly | DIY Design Community.

How To: Make a Super Simple DIY Wood Shelving Unit | Man Made DIY.

The Treehouse: Whitewashed Bricks Tutorial, at Design Mom.

DIY Project: Mini Chandelier | Design*Sponge. Simple and modern.

· comments [12] · 01-14-2014 · categories:links · the home ·

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  • 1 Caroline // Jan 14, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Plasti-dip can be gotten at Home Depot — generally it’s in the spray paint section and HIDING, big time (I have to hunt and I know where I’m looking!). They tend to only carry black — you can buy online (through amazon and other retailers) if you want other colors.

  • 2 KC // Jan 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    So, potentially stupid question: wouldn’t covering the outside of a lampshade in gold leaf mean that you wouldn’t get any light through the lampshade, but only what naturally comes out through the top and bottom?

    I mean, it would look very shiny during the day (gold leaf! hooray!), but at night, is it just a mostly-dark mottled-y lampshade with jets of light out the top and bottom?

  • 3 nazilam // Jan 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I like the organizer, but for that much work I would want to make ten of them at a time. OY.

  • 4 megan // Jan 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    nazilam – Good point. I’m taken by the Ikea hack-iness but considering that plastidip isn’t as easy to find means I’d want more. That said, we have very small bathrooms and entry door hooks where a grippy hook would be perfect. Sooo, I’ll have to be strategic with my plastic.

  • 5 megan // Jan 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Caroline – thank you for the tip! I have been looking at the color-your-own kit that can be ordered online and that is what I’ll need. Last time I ended up asking for it in a store I got a chain of people working at Lowes who knew what it was that I wanted but didn’t know if it was a thing anymore. They were happily game for hunting it down with me but, you know, if they don’t sell it there isn’t much more they can do.

  • 6 megan // Jan 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    KC – Yes, at night the light would be directed up and down from the shade I think — I have not tried the gold leafing and it might be transparent (anybody know?) but I was looking at this while thinking of nightstand lighting. That said for nighttime lighting my house tends to use warm yellow (instead of bluish or daytime or full spectrum) lights so it wouldn’t be that harsh a distinction.

    I prefer cool white by default but my husband likes warm and in the evenings I’ve come around to warm white lighting, and in this case warm whites would make more sense. I still use daylight or cool white lights in the rooms where I sew as I feel like it’s more energizing and shows detail more.

  • 7 KC // Jan 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Re: grippy hook: have you looked at sugru at all? Fascinating stuff. (no idea on how it compares to plasti-dip for price/availability, though, and it’s a totally different product. But So Cool. And maybe would be a good grippy-hook knob-maker?)

  • 8 Erin // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Found the plasti-dip coloring kit (on sale no less!) at the Ace Hardware on Roosevelt in Seattle around Chistmastime. I’d check it out, there was at least one more in stock :)

  • 9 megan // Jan 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    KC – I am familiar with Sugru but I have not tried it yet. I’ll keep it in mind!

  • 10 megan // Jan 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Erin – Oh thanks! I’m falling in love with that particular Ace lately, they had my replacement paint and all the little doodads that I want for my house.

  • 11 MelissaM // Jan 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I think the plasti-dip is the same stuff we bought to re-coat our dishwasher “tray” (what’s it called anyway?) It was a little bottle, which might be enough for that type of project. So when shopping, think of appliance repair area, too?

  • 12 megan // Jan 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thanks Melissa!

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