And sometimes you find things that would work out, it's just that they're too damaged.
Well, ladies and robots, I think it's a nice opportunity for a makeover.
You see, I live in Mexico City and we don't have an Ikea store here, but when I visited my sis at Orlando last april, I thought that was my first and last visit to the home decor cheap heaven.
Wrong!! But I did cease the opportunities. I saw this really cool paper lamp but it was kinda pricey for me. But then, when I thought my hopes were trashed, I went to the As Is area and found the same lamp with a $3 shave off, just for a tiny hole in the paper shade.
"So what if it has a hole?" I said. But then, when I faced the packing issue, I found myself in the position of having to destroy the paper at all. Bummer?? Not at all, as soon as I hit home, I started the makeover.
Step 1: First of All.
I got the Orgel Table Lamp with the tinniest hole, at the awesome price of $4 USD. Sweet!!
Step 2: Step 2.
Of course, you need a big enough surface to work on. Cover it with plastic and newspaper in case of any leaks. Plastic will avoid your tissue paper getting stuck with the newspaper, so it's really important!!
Step 3: El Steppo 3
With a soft brush, start soaking the paper with the glue/water mix. You have to be very careful, tissue paper is really delicate.
As you can see, I started from the corner. BIG MISTAKE. You'll get so much less bubbles if you start from the center to the sides.
Step 4: Le 4th Stepé.
Step 5: Step 5
I'm still figuring out getting a smoother texture, but wrinkly works for me.
Step 6: Step 6
Step 7: Seventh Step.
We need to get rid of every particle of paper and glue, so our own paper will stick right. See those wires I was talking about?? It's so hard to put them in their place if you didn't take measures correctly.
Now we have our basics: sheet of paper, frames and the joy of doing stuff with the hands.
Step 8: Step 8
Step 9: JUST LIGHT IT!!! THAT'S IT!!
Oh wait... a few days later I added black ribbon to the edges, it looks a little bit more finished, without the paper edges where they stick together right on sight (no pics about that, sorry, I'll update it soon).
And if you ask me... my lamp is gorgeous!!!