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This contributor post was written by Katherine of Making Chicken Salad. This is Katherines first post as a contributor here on pns and she is BRINGING IT today with her first tutorial. She'll be writing monthly diy craft projects for you. Take it away Katherine"¦

I really love home decor that juxtaposes fancy and not-so-fancy elements. Recently I spotted a beautiful mercury glass lamp with a rustic burlap shade (and a high price tag!) and knew immediately that I wanted to make one of my own.

Here are the materials you'll need: 1. clean, dry 1 gallon glass jug free of any labels or adhesive (mine is an apple cider jug from the grocery store) 2. bottle lamp kit 3. Krylon Metallic Silver spray paint 4. Extra-fine steel wool 5. burlap lamp shade (I used this shade in size small) 6. *optional: air-dry clay (only if the neck of your bottle is slightly wider than the lamp kit, as mine was)

Here is how you make it:

1. Take your bottle outside to a clean, well-ventilated area and spray it with one light coat of the silver spray paint. When spraying, make sure to hold the can about 12-14 inches from your bottle so that you apply only a light coat of paint. Its OK if you can still see the glass through the paint. The idea is to have a bottle that looks aged, not perfect!

2. After your paint is dry to the touch and no longer tacky, lightly rub the whole surface with extra-fine steel wool to smooth it out and remove small sections of paint.

3. Repeat steps 1. and 2. until you are satisfied. My lamp has three coats of paint. By applying multiple light coats (as opposed to one heavy one) your bottle will have a sparkly, aged texture--which is what we want!

4. Follow the instructions on your lamp kit to assemble and attach it to the bottle. This is where you may need a bit of air dry clay at the neck of the bottle to secure the rubber cork.

5. Insert a light bulb and test your lamp.

6. Once you have determined that everything is working properly add your lamp shade and enjoy your new lamp!

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About Katherine: Katherine Jalaty lives in Northern California, where she spends her time taking care of her family and making things for her new home. Her blog, Making Chicken Salad: The Art of Something Out of Nothing, is where she shares DIY projects, recipes and bits of inspiration from her own life and from other artists. Keep up with her on the blog or on Twitter @katherinejalaty.


You may have already heard that I am now a weekly contributor on one of my favorite blogs, Oh Hello Friend. I'll be rounding up my favorite diy projects every week.

And you can read my first post right here, which features my four favorite projects in home decor.


Photographer, Tali Schiffer (who you may remember from this post) and her sweetie have been working on quite a few home projects since they moved in to their apartment a few short months ago.

I really love what they've been up to, so with Tali's permission, I'll be sharing a handful of their home projects in the coming weeks, starting with the first today:  creating a cozy reading area.

This space is comprised of two main decor components: an art wall and storage for all those books. So, let's start with the art wall, since it is my absolute favorite way to display art.

Cluster art walls like the one Tali created can be a bit tricky, but if you do the prep work you'll breeze right through it. Here's what you need to do...

Gather all of the frames you plan on using and fill them with the appropriate artwork first. I love Tali's eclectic mix of artwork. Don't  be afraid to mix and match frames, and media. There is no right or wrong here. Just use what you've got.

And then comes the most important step before hanging: the layout. Use the floor to map out the placement of each piece. It will make things a lot easier when you're nailing holes in the wall.

Once you have a layout you are happy with, you are ready to begin hanging. I always recommend starting from the center and working your way out. And also leaving a couple of inches of wall space around each frame. But again there's no right or wrong here- just do what you feel works best and you'll have a decorative focal point that everyone will admire.

But we're not done yet. Remember I said, this space had two components. And you can't have a cozy reading room without books, right? So, Tali and her man used a combination of IKEA floating shelves and a storage system to house their book collection along with a few decorative items. So here's a little more background on that, straight from Tali...

"We had two Ikea floating shelves and an Ikea Expedit shelving unit that used to stand upright in my someone's old apartment. We decided to try placing it here laying horizontally instead of standing, right beneath the two shelves. The idea was to create a whole area for reading, which meant placing books on the shelves, as well as on the top of the unit, but leaving space at the end for seating. My someone was in-charge of the drilling and hanging.."

I love the space they were able to create here. Warm and inviting, while still serving up a whole lot of function.

Thanks for sharing your home with us Tali! Join us next week for the next installment of DIY home projects. And until then, please visit Tali at the following links:

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