Friday, December 19, 2008

ChrisTmas Sideboard!

I am so excited to finally post some pictures for y'all! Sorry about the quality, my digi camera still isn't working properly, there's some sort of trouble with the flash but I took all the shades off my dining room chandy to brighten it up enough to take a few pictures so I hope y'all will forgive the quality - I tried!

Now y'all know how I've dreamed and pined for a sideboard and while it's not fully finished (we're going to do that after ChrisTmas) we're still enjoying it! I have it fully loaded!

Here's my do it yourself covered lampshades I made awhile back using the self adhesive shades I bought from my all time favorite store can you guess it's name? Hobby Lobby! I got them on sale for $6.99 each 50% off so they were cheap-o! The fabric is silk and left over from my dining room window treatment so no cost there, the trims were purchased last year at a greatly reduced price due to an inventory overstock reduction sale and if I told you how much I paid you wouldn't believe me and/or would hate me. Now the lamps were purchased from a church rummage sale for $4 for the pair. I knew when I saw them they would be perfect for my sideboard and I think they turned out very nice! What do y'all think?

Now the self adhesive shades are super easy peasy to cover but and I should capitalize this BUT there's a trick...They tell you in the directions to cut your fabric one inch larger all the way around the pattern which is true, you should do that now here's the big BUT, BUT before you glue the excess to the inside of the shade be sure to trim it first otherwise you will see the shadow of the excess fabric each time you turn your beautiful lamp on! I made that mistake on my first one and since I had hotglued the fabric to the inside of the shade I had quite a time trimming and pulling off hotglued fabric so it wouldn't be visible when the lamp was turned on. For the most part I fixed it but I wouldn't look inside my shade too closely if y'all know what I mean!
My beautiful metal shelf! I bought this last summer along with some other things that I've shown y'all already, things that I used to perform a mini bathroom makeover...Remember? This shelf wasn't purchased with a home in mind other than mine but for $4 how could I not buy it? It's been living in my bedroom on the floor beside my dresser till recently when I had a brilliant idea to hang it here next to my jumbo oversized ober expensive mirror...Regular Hobby Lobby shoppers should recognize this beauty! She was originally something like $149.99 and requires hollow wall fasteners to hang, she's hefty! I didn't pay nearly that much *smiles* More like 90% off so that's about $15 and change... Isn't she gorgeous? I love her!

Here's the view all decorated with mini village buildings, most are from Fred's and were on sale for $4.99 each. The quilted table runner is from Walmart clearance of fall stuff this year. The alpines were also from Walmart several seasons ago from their after ChrisTmas clearance. I don't think I'll put them on the sideboard again next year, normally I put them in front of my dining room mantel but wanted to try something different this time.

Now y'all please tell me what you think! I've had this basic arrangement of sideboard with big thing over it, something on either side with two lamps in my head forever... Now that I have it in reality I'm wondering am I on the right track? Is it semi balanced looking? What am I going to put on that shelf after the holidays??? And what should I put on top of the sideboard? Did I completely get it wrong? Suggestions and comments please!


Melissa Wertz said...

Kitty, yours is so pretty! mine is still a mess! I am working on the guest room right now. ;) Gotta have a clean room for mama to sleep in. Dust free! Craft free, laundry free.....

Darlene said...

Hey Kitty,
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your sideboard decorations. It is gorgeous! The lamps turned out WONDERFUL!!!!! I also LOVE the vase with sticks/cardinal on the shelf. That could stay for another couple of months through the winter on that shelf. Several people have said they leave snowmen out through the month of January (I am going to do that this year). You could put a grouping of snowmen in the middle of your sideboard (where the trees are now) or some apothecary jars with snow in the bottom and ?(whatever you have to display). Of course, always birds with nests and things like that. I'll keep thinking and throw out any more ideas that pop into my head.

Thistledew Farm said...

Love the shade - very vibrant colors - all your decorating has a real flair! Good Job...your New Years Resolution should be to learn to crochet - go take a class at your local yarn shop - it would be fun.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Kitty, you have a great start with the sideboard and mirror & I do like the idea of painting it black. Great plan! Love the litle lamps you found & covered the shades. Those are very nice.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Kitty, Your sideboard is so pretty, decked out for Christmas! Everything is fabulous! I love the trees, and the bird vignette on the shelf! Is that the Biltmore Mansion below? How did you like it? I so wanted to go this Christmas, but time just didn't allow. I've never been, but heard only good things about it!

If I don't "talk" to you before, I hope you and your family have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Momtothreebabies said...

You are so talented!! Your home is beautiful!!!! I LOVE your sideboard, im so jealous! LOL!!
Merry Christmas!
Jaelle @

Lorrie said...

I love your sideboard decorations! The lamps really turned out well. I love all the bargains that you've found along the way.

I hope you get to do some baking soon!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

You did a great job with the lampshade! Hobby Lobby is a great store - I can always find something wonderful there to bring home! Thanks for the tour!


Melissa Wertz said...

LOL! Kitty, you could say I scrapbook. I have tons of scrapbooking supplies. And a million of photos. DD uses the supplies for crafting and so do I. Sigh. I tend to power crop. If I go to a crop and get less than 8 pages done and it has less than 5-8 photos on it, I consider myself a failure. I do not want to socialize or chit chat. I do not want these ladies, who find out I am a professional photographer, showing me their out of focus horribly compose photos and asking me my opinion. I don't put do dads on the pages. I have boxes of do dads (I win them at crops and have no idea what to do with them....) I shoot tight, and full frame and most of my photos are photos not snap shots. So.... no cutting up. I try to buy those big albums that CM makes. I have several now so I do not have to hunt them any more. I can get a lot of photos in them. Sometimes we will do family crops. DH does the journaling. He tries to make fun of everything and wastes time, DD wants to cut everything up, be too creative and use too much glue whatever I have. I just want so see how many photos we can get in the albums.

I guess I am not a fun scrapbooker. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful! I'm a sucker for red, so I love the overall look with lots of red. I actually love the three trees on the sideboard- you should keep that next year! You have great style! Merry Christmas

Storm said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the tour.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

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Peter Mc Donagh said...

Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.

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