Dear AT, We have a fantastically ugly pendant lamp in our dining room that we are too lazy and DIY-ally inept (also, broke) to remove and replace. Is there any way of covering this thing up that doesn't make our dining room look like a whorehouse or a dorm room? All I can think of are those Japanese paper lantern things, which we'd have to cut apart to fit it over this thing, and then sew (?) back together. Any suggestions will be welcomed with open arms because this thing is painful to look at. Thanks, Kristina
(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Dear Kristina, We really encourage you to just get rid of the thing you hate! For the tight budget, there are tons of really inexpensive options, and for the DIY ineptitude, most lamps will come with hanging instructions. As for covering the lamp with parts of a paper lantern? That seems way more complicated than just replacing it altogether with a paper lantern. We got ours at J. Toguri Mercantile, and it was both cheap and incredibly easy to put together. We're sure IKEA has a slew of options (paper or otherwise), too. Anyone else?