Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ballard Copy Cat Lamp with Seagrass Shade


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This is my first time joining in at the Copy Cat Challenge over at DebbieDoo’s.  I've never joined before because I can’t seem to make up my mind about what to do.  I mean, everywhere you turn there is amazing inspiration!  I had been planning on doing this project for my office and decided to go and ahead and finish so I could join in.
I love the sea grass shades that you see at Ballard Designs!  After Hunter came home with this vintage lamp that looked at LOT like the tasseau lamp that Ballard has, I decided to make my own seagrass shade.
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This is the Ballard lamp.  The one pictured here is in a rubbed black finish.  Forgive the rumpled look of the catalog, I have looked though it quite a few times.
And this is a close up of the Ballard shade. 
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I saw another DIY seagrass shade made by thecountrychiccottage.net.  She used a seat cover that was made of the same material as my placemat.
I purchased the shade from Wal-Mart for $10 and already had the placemat.
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This is the lamp that Hunter had.  The bottom part of the base is a lot like the tasseau lamp but the top part has a faux candle slip cover thing. It is old and had the cloth covered electrical cord so I got Hunter to rewire it for me.
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Here’s a closer look at the placemat.  I unraveled it by clipping the threads.  I then started hot gluing from the bottom of the shade.
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I made sure the first row was straight and covered the bottom outside edge of the shade.  At the end of the run, I cut the material and glued end to end.  I started the next run directly on top of the previous one.
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I made sure that my rows stayed as straight as possible.  After I completed all the rows, I glued a vertical piece over the seams, tucking in under at the bottom.
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It took less than one placemat to do this shade and was very easy.
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It’s home, for now, is in the entry way.  Once I get my office completed, it will be moved to my desk.  I considered painting the lamp base but I kind of like it how it is and my desk is white so the darker finish will look better in there.
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59 comments:

  1. Awesome copy Tammy! I love that cabinet and pretty vignette!

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  2. That is awesome!!! I night have to try this!

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  3. This is a great copycat project. I saw you over at Debbie's party. I love that you used an old placemat. You are super clever. I'd love for you to link up this project tonight at my party.

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  4. Hi!! I'm your latest follower and I love the lampshade, I will definately be trying that!!
    Can't wait to look back at your older post!

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  5. well allllllllllright.. this is creative genius at its best..

    fabulous copy- love yours.

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  6. Tammy that was super clever of you to think of that. I never would have in a million years! Looks awesome. Thanks so much for joining in on the copy cat party. Enjoy! XO

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  7. What a clever and beautiful copycat! Looks amazing!

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  8. a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!! Such a cute and clever idea!! love the look!

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  9. Tammy: I really like your lampshade. How creative you are and it looks as good if not better than the original..Good work..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  10. Thank you for the tutorial and pictures. I love the dark base of your lamp with its new updated shade.

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  11. Gorgeous and what a brilliant idea!

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  12. this one is my fave from the CCC! love it! girl you rocked this one.

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  13. The pineapple table was ingenious use of found treasures. The grass lampshade was so clever. I'm glad I joined your blog.

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  14. Brilliant!! I like it even better than the inspiration one. ;)
    <3 Christina
    I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round up party is open

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  15. Tammy, Can you see my jumping up and down and doing the happy dance of joy! I am so so excited you posted this! I love love love seagrass shades. I'm making this right away. My lampshades on my mantle would look great done like this!
    Thanks for sharing this super awesome tutorial at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

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  16. Great coycat Tammy. I may have to try that.

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  17. It looks great! I can't believe you used a placemat! What a fun idea.

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  18. Love it! :) So happy you saw my tutorial and could use it!! :)

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  19. What a fantastic design, and using unwinding an old placemat is brilliant! I really love the finished lamp. Now I have to find one of those placemats so I can do the same thing.

    PS - visiting from StoneGable. Hope you'll stop by and see my homemade gnocchi tutorial.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  20. Congratulations on your copycat. I love Ballard Designs! *awesome*

    Linking from Debbiedoo's,
    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  21. Love it! Using the placemat was a fabulous idea.

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  22. HOLY COW! That was GENIUS. I never would even have thought of that. And it really does look just like it. Nice job!

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  23. Saw this on the Cowgirl Up link-up party. Love it! Thanks for sharing how you did it. Now, I can copy you. ;)

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  24. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! I'm featuring you on Facebook today: http://www.facebook.com/iGottaCreate
    <3 Christina

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  25. Brilliant idea! and the best part is that is not expensive at all.

    Thanks!
    xoxo

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  26. Oh my GOsh! You did a great job! I love it! :)

    ~Liz

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  27. Hello! I came from common ground and I knew it would be the right blog to visit.
    I love your lamp! It is great! Thanks for sharing!

    Ciao Bella
    Sensible Sarah

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  28. Great Job! What a gorgeous lamp, and thanks for the inspiration

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  29. Wow Tammy! You did a fantastic job on this knock off! It turned out great! Thank you for sharing at TTF and have a terrific day!

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  30. Very beautiful and very clever! It is gorgeous! I will be featuring your post in tonight's Home and Garden party - I do appreciate you sharing,
    Kathy

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  31. Just fantastic! I'm sending this to a friend right now, it's genius!
    Cheers, Andrea

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  32. What a cool idea! I love all things beachy so going to have to try this one out. x

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  33. This is so beautiful Tammy--really precision work on your part to get all the lines to line up straight--lovely!

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  34. This is the best tutorial I have seen in a LONG time!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL be trying this, I have ALOT of seagrass placemats! I ADORE seagrass shades but would never spend the $$$$$$$$$$$$!!! Thank you again! I will save this post. XO, Pinky

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  35. Okay.....this is so amazing! I love it! I am pinning it....and making one for me. Thank you so much for the amazing inspiration!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  36. That is one great copy cat! You hit it outta the park!
    Debbie

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  37. Awesome Knock off Tammy! What a great idea to rip apart that placemat and repurpose it! I recently used a roll of jute and some cast of knobs to make some nautical knob knockoffs. Love great ideas to save $, be crafty, and create a beautiful home!

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  38. Oh, that is so smart! Love it!~ Thanks for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  39. Tammy I came over from Yvonne's and am thrilled with this lamp and shade. I will be doing this project soon! Perfect for my Office/ Den!

    Thank you for sharing!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  40. Oh my gosh! I love that idea! I'm visiting from stonegable. Love your blog!

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  41. Never in a million years would I have thought of that. Awesome idea! Your post is so inspirational. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  42. I have wanted one of those lamp shades from Ballard for about two years now and have never been able to fork over the $$$. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I will for sure be making one of these.

    Lynn

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  43. Love, love, love this! It looks just as good as the Ballard's!!

    http://claudiasyear.blogspot.com/

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  44. Tammy,

    I tried to e-mail you.....but it came back :( Would you mind if I posted a picture of this on facebook?

    blessings,
    karianne

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  45. Love it!! I have to try this too!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Adorable...thanks for sharing!

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  47. Awesome, I am pinning this from Debbie's pinning party. Hugs, Ginger

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  48. Amazing knock-off! How clever to use the placemat...great job!

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  49. You're a genius! It looks gorgeous! I am now following, so I don't miss any more projects. :)
    Lisa
    akawest.com

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  50. You're a STAR tonight in the "lamp lineup" over at I Gotta Create!

    Thanks so much for partying with The Wildly Original Crowd!
    <3 Christina

    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/11/10-brilliant-lamp-ideas-more.html

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  51. I LOVE this and your little chandelier shades too! Thanks so much for the DIY tips...I'm going to SOOOOO do this!!! (If I can find placemats!)
    Sharlotte

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  52. Love the lamp shade makeover and out of a placemat?? Awesome! I'm going to be looking for some seagrass placemats now to try on my own. Great project! Pinning this one!

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  53. this idea is amazing painting ideas. i had to make one as soon as i saw it. thank you for posting such a unique idea. ours turned out beautifully

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Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I try to return the favor and visit each one of you! ~Blessings, Tammy~