In general, I don’t really consider myself much of a risk taker. I still cut up grapes and hot dogs for my 5 year old son. There’s no way on Earth you could ever get me on a motorcycle. I freaked out when I saw my neighbor standing on the very tip top of her ladder to hang lights on her home a few Christmas seasons ago.
However, in decorating, it’s okay to take risks. Sometimes, I’m okay taking that risk – such as Zack’s brightly colored, crazy mural-ed bedroom. Other times, I shrink back for fear of it not working out – like the giant turquoise chevron pattern I wanted to paint in my master bedroom that I know will never happen.
When my friend and idol, the Nester, showed off her fur covered ottoman and challenged her readers to pick a risky project, I immediately knew I was game. Or rather, this lamp was game.
I’ve had this lamp for over 10 years. I’ve had it longer than I’ve known my husband. When I told him I was going to transform it, he said, “I was wondering how long we were going to be stuck with that thing.” Well, hmpfh! It’s not that bad.
The lamp itself works just fine. It’s just scrawny. And beat up.
So, with my glue gun and a ball of thick hemp twine in hand, I started wrapping it. And wrapping. And wrapping. And wrapping. I figured if I ruined it, I could just buy another lamp since I hated this one as it was.
I decked it out from head to toe, from top to bottom. It didn’t take very long at all, and there’s no right or wrong way to do this.
Just glue and wrap. Glue and wrap. And then, keep on gluing and wrapping.
In the end, I have a new found love of this lamp. The twine fattened up it’s skinny shape and really highlights the round design just below the shade.
Although I know it wasn’t a huge risk, it was a risk worth taking.
When’s the last time you took a decorating risk? How did it turn out?
P.S. I’m linking up to the Nester’s National Take a Risk Day party. Head over there and see how other folks took a risk.