Ballard's Lookalike Shades

5.09.2010

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Mother' s day. I worked on a couple of projects this weekend since I can't seem to stop. When I bought my chandelier for my breakfast room I wanted some cute shades for it. I looked at some on the Ballard's website, but the ones I wanted were $16 a piece. Take that times six and that was just too much to spend on them. So I resorted to looking on ebay and found some burlap covered shades and got six for $12. That was much better. These were just plain burlap and didn't have the red trim on them so I left them that way until now.



So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some red bias tape since it was the shade of red I needed.



I put the glue on the band in a zig zag pattern and applied the tape.


Repeated this step for the top and bottom.



Voila, I have shades very similar to the Ballard's ones for a lot less. 










Here is a before shot


and after. I like them with the red much better. It was so easy and only took thirty minutes
to do all six and for very little money.
You can see the Ballard's ones here.

shades......$12
glue......$4.99
bias tape.....1.69

So for less that twenty dollars I got the look of the Ballard's shades.
Joining these parties:

between naps on the porch  for met. Monday

southern hospitality  for thrifty treasures

tools are for women too  craftswoman party

coastal charm  for nifty thrifty Tuesdays

Thrifty decor chick  for Before and After party

Bobbypins Boardwalk for Bragfest Wednesday

Blue Cricket Design  for Show and Tell Wednesday

Life as Lori  for Get Your Craft On Thursday

The Shabby Chic Cottage  for Transformation Thursday

and Allison from
House of Hepworths  for Hooking Up With HOH invited me to her party on Thursday.
 
Please pop in on these other parties and find some inspiration. I know I do.



Also, I need someone to direct me to someone that can make me a blog button. I want to use my header for the button. I have been blogging for three months so I guess it's about time to get a button. I am not computer
savvy enough to do it myself and my daughter was not sure how to either.


Y'all come back now,

KIM



86 comments:

  1. The shades look awesome Kim! I bet they even look better than the ones on Ballard Designs. They look really great in your window treatment! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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  2. Happy Mother's Day!!

    I love the red trim Kim! The shot against the red check curtains is perfect!

    Also, I will be happy to either help you with your button or tell you how. Just let me know.

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  3. What a great look! Love the idea!

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  4. Awesome Kim, yours are better than Ballards....so funny I am working on a lamp right now, I made my husband stop at Michaels after dinner.....not sure what I am going to do yet...I have my color inspiration and that is all I have so far......I love your lamp shades!!

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  5. Great job, your shades look wonderful. They really work well with your curtains. You have a beautiful home.
    Sandy

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  6. Hi Kim the shades look great,especially with your curtains.Hope you had a terrific Mothers Day! Martina

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  7. Kim, I think Jan and Pam both know how to make the buttons....

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  8. Kim...so cute! You know I am a red fan so these are right up my alley. The look so perfect on your chandy!

    I hope your day was wonderful!
    Cathy

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  9. That touch of red really adds a lot to the shades! Love how they look with the lights on! Great job! ♥

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  10. Hi Kim, I looked at Ballard shades for my chandelier. At $16.00 each I went elsewhere. Yours look great all dressed up with the new trim. They look really good with your drapes...that I love! I know I have only told you that I love these drapes 100 times.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  11. Kim, I just recently found your blog while reading another. You have a BEAUTIFUL home! Your blog is truly one of my top three favorites. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with the rest of us. Each day I look forward to seeing what new pictures or ideas you've posted for that day.

    Jill (GA)

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  12. Necessity is the mother of invention! Wonderful job!

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  13. Glad to see there were others who knew about the button issue, because I don't have a clue! LOL! What I do know is those shades are cute, cute, cute!!

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  14. That touch of red makes all the difference, great job!!
    Tracey

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  15. What a great project! These look beautiful!!

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  16. brillant! I want to do shades also, but I need 10!!

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  17. These are great, Kim. Your light fixture is georgous!
    Robin

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  18. I loved the shades both ways, but the red definitely gives them peronsality. I don't think you do anything that doesn't look great.

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  19. Those turned out fabulous! I love this little project.

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  20. Great shades! How did you find 6 shades for $12? Right now, Ebay has them for $7.82 a piece. I need some just like these for my dinning room. :)

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  21. Hi Kim! Oh, I love your cute little shades and how you've doctored them up! The red looks so perfect with your lovely room. You're so good!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  22. Cute shades! Way to go making your own eco version! Linda

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  23. These turned out great, Kim! I love the way they look with your drapes in the background.

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  24. Kim, I love your shades, they turned out great and what a bargain! If you need a button made, Mr. Tide has offered his services too!

    Kat :)

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  25. Great job as usual, Kim! It was just the touch that they needed!

    As for the button, I think I can figure it out but it would take me awhile. Going out of town for a day so if you don't have it when I get back, I will see what I can do!

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  26. Awesome Kim!! Great job thinking out of the box. I've been enjoying keeping up with all of your projects lately. I'm excited that school is almost over and I plan to get into a few project this summer as well! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Kim,
    I love the lamp shades!! I did the same thing to the shades on our night-stands, but I used a red checked.
    ~Cindy~

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  28. Those look great, Kim! The red really adds a great pop of color.

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  29. They look great! i got a chandelier at a sale last Fall and still have not done anything with it - need to get busy. Hope you had a nice Mother's Day.

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  30. That little touch was the perfect addition, Kim! What a great look.

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  31. I love the shades!! The red just makes them pop and I am nuts for burlap!! The perfect combination!

    I love the curtains in the background too!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  32. Kim the shades look darling with my favorite red checked curtains. I know what you mean about not being able to stop. I keep coming up with things to do around here too. It is like a disease but a fun one,hehe, I hope you had a nice Mday, Kathysue

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  33. Kim,
    How NIFTY THRIFTY...love the new look! I have added ribbon, fringe and jute, but I have not thought about bias tape...thanks for the idea...it looks GREAT!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  34. The shades look fabulous, Kim! Becca from Patina Moon sent me this site, that I used to make a button. Wasn't the easiest as I'm not that great with computers, but finally made one!
    http://www.bloggingwithsuccess.net/grab-button-advertise-blog

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  35. I love these!
    I have the same curtains you do!
    Maybe I need to change my chandy shade covers!
    Bias tape--who knew!
    Thanks for sharing this!

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  36. Thanks for the tip! I have a shade (large) from Lowe's: very plain and just the same color. I've been wondering what to do with it...I'll try some trim or maybe a fringe!

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  37. What a great idea, Kim. Your shades look so pretty. You did a real good job!...Christine

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  38. Isn't it amazing how a small thing can make such a big difference! Looks great!

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  39. Great project, and such an easy fix. They were already cute and that just finished them off perfect.

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  40. Love the RED you added to the shades. Your home is beautiful! Blessings, Vicky

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  41. Well done - you're so clever! I went to the Ballard's site and can't see that your shades are any different at all.

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  42. Hi Kim,
    Your shades look great with the red trim, I agree that looks so much perkier with the red trim. Ballard has so many lovely items but they are just priced out of the ballpark.
    But I like to do the same thing, love their item, but find a much less expensive way to do it. I believe you can live well but not spend a fortune to do it, and you just proved it is so!!
    good for you!!
    Hope you had a nice Mother's Day!
    Blessings, Nellie

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  43. Hi Kim, your shades look fantastic!...Kathy

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  44. Those are cute! And red is my favorite color!!

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  45. Kim,

    I'm so glad I found you on here. I loved your house on RMS and had added your house in my favorites. When I went to look at your bathroom again I couldn't find it. Your RMS name finally came to my mind and I did a search. I was so excited to find your blog. Love your house and all your projects. Any chance you will post your lovely bathroom on here?

    Sarah

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  46. Yes, Sarah it will be posted in the near future. Thanks for the compliments.

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  47. Very snazzy indeed! very clever girl.

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  48. These look great! Nice job saving money on them. They look great on you light fixture!

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  49. the shades are awesome, love it! Marla

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  50. Those are SO cute! I have never used that Liquid Stitch. Looks like it works better than hot glue. Cute!! Love the red, of course!

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  51. Brilliant! I love the idea of using bias tape! And they look extra special with that bit of color!

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  52. Love it! Don't forget you can always print off a 40% off coupon from the Hob lob web site most of the time! :) you know I'm all about some coupons!
    ~*~
    Jennifer

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  53. Hi Kim,
    Working with interior desingners, I see alot of use of burlap. However, I love the pop of color you used to make these your own. Your house looks lovely from the pictures! Thanks for participating at Modern Craftswoman Monday. Your projects are always terrific!
    Rory

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  54. Great job on the shades Kim! They look fantstic!

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  55. The shades look great and that pop of red to finish them really does the job. Terrific redo! Thanks for stopping by. Jane F.

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  56. I love the red! I have a lot of red in my home.

    You light's beautiful!

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  57. Ah, a girl after my own heart. Great job on those shades, they look terrific! Smart lady you are for getting the look so much cheaper!

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  58. What an ingenious make-over that truly makes the unique to your home, Kim! BRAVO!! They coordinate with your Buffalo red check drapers beautifully. ♥ the whole look!! :-)

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  59. kim, that came out beautifully! i love it when you can save money out from doing your own-that is special! btw, i can't help but peep through your backyard----they look so lovely out there...maybe a tour next time? thanks, your home photos are so inspiring! have a great week! verbena cottage

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  60. I love them!!! The red trim makes them smashing. I need some for my chandelier.

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  61. I love seeing the creative ways people recreate expensive items for way less than the original :-) Your shades came out great, and I bet nobody can tell the difference between the Ballard's version and your version :-) Good job!!

    Thanks for visiting DesignTies and checking out my bedroom makeover :-)

    Kelly

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  62. Good job on the shades! they look much nicer with the red!

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  63. Kim, the shades are stunning and I love your chandelier. Much better than the Ballard ones. Thanks for the tip on the shades, I never would have thought to check ebay!

    Have a great day,
    Ann Marie

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  64. Very nice! I love the burlap shades and the red is just perfect in your kitchen! We used that liquid stitch occasionally at work, good stuff but expensive for the amount you get!
    Also wanted to let you know that Walmart has really cute market umbrellas this year for $60.00. They seem a little larger to me then standard but not sure. The colors this year are excellent and there is a red you would love, I think they are part of the Better Homes and Gardens line. Thanks for your comments too! :)

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  65. Just popped in to let you know I grabbed your darling button and added it to my sidebar! Your puppy is soooo precious!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  66. Your shades look wonderful, that is just what that chandelier needed. Hugs, Cindy S

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  67. Kim
    Funny, the first two projects I clicked on from NTT are yours! I love Ballard style and you did a fantastic job of redoing your burlap shades!

    -heather

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  68. I actually like yours better...the burlap adds some texture that is great. Very smart and a great tip to share.

    Sue

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  69. What a difference that little red trim makes. Thanks for your nice comments and encouragement on my blog. Patty

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  70. WOW you did a fantastic job! great price!!!!
    smiles, alice

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  71. I can't believe such a small update would make them so fabulous!! Great work. I'm loving these!!

    I'd love for you to share this at my party this Thursday!

    www.houseofhepworths.com

    xoxo

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  72. Hi Kim,
    Yours are waaaaayyyyy better than Ballards.

    :) Michelle

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  73. I LOVED these shades and your chandy yesterday and I am STILL loving them today!!!

    (Still loving the curtains too) lol

    Have a great week!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  74. Hi Kim, What a lovely idea. Your shades look so pretty, great photos! I love Ballard Design but they can be so pricey. I'm visiting from BNOP. I hope you have a great day!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  75. Wow, what a lot of comments. People like this.
    Love the shades,
    Love the red,
    Love them together.
    'Nuf said.
    Pamela

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  76. These are so pretty..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori... Please join me next week for another great party!

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  77. You did an awesome job! I absolutely love your work. I am your newest follower. I can't wait to see your other posts.
    Bonnie

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  78. Love how these came out! The red with the burlap is quite cute. I'll have to get that combo into my living room soon, it is too pretty.

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  79. These came out great! Love the red trim.

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  80. A girl has gotta love how a little glue and some decorative trim can make such a dramatic change! Very pretty!

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  81. Hello sweet Kim - I'm a new follower of your blog via Met Monday (catching up from last week!). Love what you did with the burlap shades! First of all, you got a great deal on the shades themselves. But then adding the pop of red really give them character! Great job.

    Thank you for sharing! I would love for you to visit my blog and enter my giveaway!
    http://emmacallsmemama.com/2010/05/bff-giveaway/

    Blessings,
    Marie
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