An En-Lightening Project that's Music to My Ears!

February 3rd, 2009 in projects     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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Wa-la!  The finished project!
 Dont be off key! 
Heres a closer look at the trumpet.  I dont mean to blow my own horn!  
Im just a dancing sweetheart! 
For me, I go to dances and have boyfriends . . . still Im as blue as can be!  I love the silly words to this song. 
Wa-la!  The finished project!

Wa-la!  The finished project!

I purchased this trumpet quite awhile a go, intending to make it into a lamp.  I thought this was the perfect project for it!  I knew I wanted to use the paper from the piano roll to decopage onto the shade.  The problem was I couldn't find a barrel shade that would be easy to just wrap the paper around it.  I ended up cutting them down in strips.  At the top and bottom of the shade I found the perfect ribbon for it and simply hot glued it on.  I think it gives it really a vintage feel.  I then added the crystal and keys to the bottom. 

For the trumpet, it was pretty easy to transform it into a lamp.  I simply drilled a hole into the top of it and ran the light kit through the base of the trumpet.  I then attached it to a piece of wood that was mitered, painted and polyd. 

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Comments (18)

jillruth writes: Love it! The piano roll music tops it off! Posted: 5:41 pm on March 17th
eveh writes: This is my favorite of all the uses for piano rolls I have seen. It is fabulous! And the musical instrument is just inspired.
I always think big, so I am thinking,,,an old guitar, several of the rolls for lamp shades, maybe three....I can just see a great looking floor lamp. LOL..yes I know, as my DH says, "Rein it in".. ; ) Posted: 9:48 pm on February 13th
1retrogal writes: Very very neat! I love the extra touch of the keys and crystals. Good job!!
Karen Posted: 11:22 pm on February 9th
junkermidge writes: That lamp is perfection. You did an incredible job on this challenge. Love the shade and all the details you put into the project. Way to go!

Midge Posted: 6:35 pm on February 9th
Chovey writes: Oooh, always...I love it!

cynthia Posted: 8:47 pm on February 6th
CottageElements writes: Thanks everyone for all your kind comments. I actually don't think my paper was as bad as what some of the others got. The problem I had was to get the wrinkles out of it. I guess it adds to the charm :) NDJunkGirl, I actually have one out of a clarinet that I received from a friend. That's what gave me the idea. Don't know how hard it is to do on a clarinet though. But what a keepsake it would be! Still waiting to see all the rest of the ideas. The ones I've seen so far have been fab!

Lani Posted: 11:29 pm on February 5th
NebraskaJunker writes: Lani, I knew you would come up with something awesome! I love this. It sounded like the paper was really hard to work with. Great idea using it on the shade. Love the music theme. Way to go! Posted: 8:41 pm on February 5th
writes: MY GOODNESS! This is absolutely fantastic. You did an amazing job (and I love the table too!).

JennyK Posted: 10:54 pm on February 4th
janwinn writes: What a fantastic lamp. I love how it looks as if the trumpet was meant to be like this all along!! Posted: 11:10 am on February 4th
bridiemurphy writes: the keys dangling from the shade too! Reminds me of Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of LiFe Posted: 9:35 am on February 4th
whiteflower writes: Your project came out wonderful, The scale of the lamp shade is perfect for the trumpet. The crystals and keys are the icing on the cake. Nicely done! Posted: 7:29 am on February 4th
DownHomeDIY writes: Lanette,
You certainly need to toot your own horn on this one. This is beyond fantastic! Way to go.
-MB Posted: 9:07 pm on February 3rd
georgiamoon writes: Lani, this is just so cool. I love the lamp and the shade is fantastic! I know how hard this paper is to work with and you did an awesome job! This is really fun and I can't wait to see more of the challenge projects. Good thing it is not a far you and Janis have done exceptional pieces. Very well done and the idea was perfect. Love it, Georgia Posted: 8:29 pm on February 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Well blow me down! What a fantastic lamp you came up with there young missy! I absolutely love the trim you chose.

The end result is a brilliant piece. Great work Lani!

Candy Posted: 1:51 pm on February 3rd
JunkArchitect writes: Lani, you did a fantastic job creating such a unique lamp. I’m impressed at the professional job of assembling all the components and working the piano music roll into your design. The table is great too!

This was a fun challenge and I can’t wait to see more projects.

Posted: 1:18 pm on February 3rd
fellowjunker writes: Lanette
Very, very, very impressive. You surely "trumpeted" me!!!
I absolutely love the element of turning the trumpet into a lamp.....unbelievably AWESOME!!!!!
Fun, fun, fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xojanis Posted: 1:11 pm on February 3rd
MimiToria writes: Very creative and great project that you came up with Lani. It turned out awesome!
Gretchen Posted: 12:14 pm on February 3rd
suewhitney writes: Contributor #2 has spoken! Love it Lanette! I'm impressed that you were able to take some very traditional elements and give them a more crisp and modern feel that fits beautifully with your home. Way to go kid! This is something you can toot your own horn about. Ha!

Be Well Posted: 9:53 am on February 3rd
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