The foyer makeover is coming along. That stenciled wall got me eager to start working on the rest! I decided to work on the ceiling fixture next. This was a really easy project…or so I thought. We’ll get into that soon.
I chose to use the existing fixture as my foundation instead of buying another one. I am challenging myself to do this entire foyer revamp for $100 or less. Can I do it? We shall see…
Today, I’m going to show you how I took this fixture:
and turned it into this:
And I did it for $20.
First, I removed the old glass from the existing fixture. I looked in my store-room for supplies that I already had on hand. I always shop my house first to see if I can reuse something. I had some chandelier crystals from a broken votive light and decided to use those first. I have a gorgeous shaded chandelier in our bedroom so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own for the foyer.
The brass on the existing fixture actually works so I left it. Then, I headed off to find the rest of the details. I found a large white lamp shade on sale at Target and some greek key trimming on sale at Hobby Lobby. I really wanted to stick to a black and white color scheme. The trim adds some pattern and also makes the shade stand out against the white walls.
Are you wondering how I attached the shade to the fixture? Well, I’m going to tell ya! I had a mishap. I accidentally broke one of the spokes off the lamp shade.
Oops…I guess I need to figure out another way to attach it to the light???
Minor baby hiccup.
I had no idea!
Honestly, for a couple of hours I was stumped.
Then, I had several options pop into my head at once. I asked Dave for a second opinion.
I took the existing spokes out of the shade. Then, with a little trip to the hardware store Dave and I got creative and came up with a plan.
We measured the diameter of the shade and purchased these yard sign stakes and fittings for a couple bucks. We wanted to make a telescoping base so we could easily take the shade down for cleaning or light bulb changing.
I am pretty convinced you can fab anything with a little creativity and a trip to the hardware store! This hardware here allows for the metal rods to slide back and forth and stop and lock at your desired length. Perfect for what we needed!
We broke off the center pieces from the yard sign stakes so we had four long rods and glued our ferrule and stops in place.
If you are going to try to add a shade to a light, I would stress for you not to break the shade before you install it, and forego all this, but we had to come up with something.
For future reference, if you are ever in a lamp shade bind, super glue, yard sign stakes, and ferrule and stop can save the day!
I have to say we flexed our MacGyver skills and that was pretty awesome!
We salute you, Richard Dean Anderson, and your glorious mullet!
So I give you our fixed and installed light shade. Ta-da!
So, for just $20 you can turn an existing fixture into a drum shade light.
FYI- I had these chandelier crystals on hand but you can order them very inexpensively online if you want to glam up your fixture.
We are still on course to do the foyer makeover for under $100 or less. Here’s what’s left to tackle:
Paint & stencil wall
Remove & replace baseboards and door trim
Paint terrazzo floor
Replace light fixture
Replace outlets & covers
Replace door or paint door
Tomorrow I’ll be announcing the winner of the Royal Design Studio Giveaway and announcing a new series with some very talented bloggers!
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