DIY Chandelier with Shade MacGyver Style

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…

DIY chandelier with shade

 

Today, I’m going to show you  how I took this fixture:

entry way light fixture

 

and turned it into this:

DIY drum shade light

 

And I did it for $20. 

Here’s how.

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.

sale items for light fixture

 

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!

Blank.

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.

yard sale stakes

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!

Ferrule & Stop

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.

telescoping rod

 

Lamp Base

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!

MacGyver

 

via

We salute you, Richard Dean Anderson, and your glorious mullet!

So I give you our fixed and installed light shade. Ta-da!

DIY foyer light

DIY drum shade light 2

drum pendant

Chandelier in entry way

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:

Foyer Plans

Paint & stencil wall

Remove & replace baseboards and door trim

Paint terrazzo floor

Patch ceiling

Paint brick

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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62 Comments on DIY Chandelier with Shade MacGyver Style

  1. hvalardi
    July 8, 2013 at 8:09 am (1 year ago)

    I can’t believe you were able to pull this off~ I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing in my foyer, from using the existing fixture…to using a drum shade to cover~ still not sure how I’m going to do it…might just buy the shade and try to “MacGyver-it” also! :) *too funny!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

      Do it! Do it! :) xo Kristin

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  2. Jesse @ Scout & Nimble
    July 8, 2013 at 8:20 am (1 year ago)

    Gorgeous!!! MacGyver tactics and all! I love that you are working with what you got…totally inspiring! I would call the oops I broke the spoke a ‘Dale’ moment in my house…that kind of stuff happens to me all.the.time. ;)

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  3. Julia @cuckoo4design
    July 8, 2013 at 8:23 am (1 year ago)

    Love it! I knew you could turn that chandelier into something gorgeous!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 11:59 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Julia(aka beach bum) So jealous of your beach trip! :) I was so on the fence what to do with it. I wanted to do a cool hexagon or something really geometric but the light is so blinding it needed a shade…and this was way cheaper to execute. xo Kristin

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  4. now at home mom
    July 8, 2013 at 9:12 am (1 year ago)

    Kristin, yes you are just like MacGyver when it comes to décor :-) it’s beautiful, I love how you transformed it and the price too! :-) very pretty! :-)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm (1 year ago)

      LOL, thanks Ingrid :) xo Kristin

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  5. Our Wolf Den
    July 8, 2013 at 9:25 am (1 year ago)

    Looks great. Always a good thing when you can reuse something.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks :)I am so glad I could do something with it. xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jennifer :)YAY for Hobby Lobby! I just love it! My infatuation with Greek Key isn’t over yet ;) xo Kristin

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  6. thesisterslice
    July 8, 2013 at 10:17 am (1 year ago)

    Oh Em Gee!!! I am again impressed, awed and in love with your work. Creative, smart and gorge. I’m glad I know you and I’m dying to see the place in real life soon. A

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks buddy! I am dying to see the convent!! I want to come see you soon!! xo Kristin

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  7. cassie
    July 8, 2013 at 10:25 am (1 year ago)

    LOVE it! you are amazing! and i think you should now get a mullet.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm (1 year ago)

      LOL, I would so rock a mullet…NO, I really wouldn’t ;) xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Selene :) Thanks for stopping by! xo Kristin

      Reply
  8. Sarah M. Dorsey
    July 8, 2013 at 11:12 am (1 year ago)

    Love that you found a way to make it work, genius!! :) Looks great too!! I’m a sucker for Greek Key!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Sarah :) You and I both girl! I am so glad it is everywhere right now! xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Stephanie :) xo Kristin

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  9. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor
    July 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm (1 year ago)

    Woohoo Kristin! It looks soo good. The foyer is going to be such a wonderful welcome into your home. Great job:)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Shavonda :) ZIt’s shaping up! xo Kristin

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      • BLISS AT HOME
        July 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm (1 year ago)

        I don’t know why that says zits?? it’s *

  10. jlhoneyman
    July 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Brilliant and beautiful. Nice MacGyver-ing!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jennifer :) Loved your exciting post today!!! xo K

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  11. Genevieve
    July 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm (1 year ago)

    Came across your chandelier shade via Thrifty Decor Chick. Love it! It came out so good! Also love your black and white geometric wall. Lovely home you have!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for coming over Genevieve. Love Thrifty Decor Chick! xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Lindsay :) xo Kristin

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  12. Krista @ Goodwill Glam
    July 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

    I LOVE this! So funny, I shared a project on the blog today using the same trim! Such a great transformation on that lighting!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Too funny! I’ll have to check it out! xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Michelle :) xo Kristin

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  13. Angie
    July 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Oooooh…this turned out SOOOO cute!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Angie :) xo Kristin

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  14. Kim@NewlyWoodwards
    July 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm (1 year ago)

    You are so clever. Love the look of the jewels, too. And I’m thinking I may need to try a similar fix for one of my broken lampshades. I can’t find a replacement and one of the metal brackets is busted.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 9, 2013 at 6:56 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks! It was better than my first plan! LOL xo Kristin

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  15. Cindy
    July 9, 2013 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

    Loving this post! Came out lovely! I would like to do something like this in my apartment dining area on the cheap & nonpermanent

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  16. marlin
    July 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm (1 year ago)

    How beautiful ! I’m totally in love with your lamp and most of all how much you spent to make this amazing look !

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Marlin :) xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 10, 2013 at 9:20 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Calista :) xo Kristin

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  17. Amber
    July 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing! I love your McGyver style to get it to work! The Greek Key trim totally takes it to another level! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Amber. I hate when you have hiccups doing a project, but we got it to work ;) xo Kristin

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  18. Sarah
    July 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm (1 year ago)

    This is seriously beautiful! Great idea – it looks perfect in your space!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Sarah :) xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:19 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Amy :) xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 24, 2013 at 9:35 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Lindsey :) I’ll have to check it out! xo Kristin

      Reply
  19. designlit
    September 27, 2013 at 2:19 am (12 months ago)

    Great DIY craft to make, thumbs up!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      September 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  20. Cindy
    November 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm (10 months ago)

    I always loved your work. I think it’s so glam yet classy. When I finally buy a house I’m going to start using your major DIY’s as inspiration! I already did one of your DIY’s when you made the beautiful Emerald green box. (I use it for my rings)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 21, 2013 at 8:26 am (10 months ago)

      Thanks so much Cindy :) That emerald is such a beautiful color. Have a great day :) xo Kristin

      Reply

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