Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Light fixture DIY

We started with an ugly ceiling fan in our kitchen, which was later replaced with a prettier ceiling fan.  First the fan stopped spinning, and then eventually it stopped lighting up as well.  It was a dusty, non-functioning, eye sore that had to go.  I started looking at suitable lighting to take its place, but the prices were a little disheartening.  Then one day my dad showed up with a glass globe light.  He had an extra that he'd picked up from the RE-store, and it was mine if I wanted it.  The first thing I did, was spray the rusted brass with a metallic silver spray paint.  I felt like it still needed something, but I wasn't sure how to precede.   I ended up going to an estate sale a block away from my house.  It was the sort of sale that said in big, bold letters; "NO EARLY BIRDS"!  I dutifully obliged, and showed at exactly 9 o'clock.  It was apparent that they had started earlier though, because the couple of great finds were already spoken for.... I found a cool Samsonite makeup case that matches a suitcase I bought last year, but not much else.  Then I went into the garage and buried under an inch of dust was a 1950s drum light shade with hand stitching.  They didn't even charge me for the shade, b/c it was trash to them.  The shade was originally tan colored, so I sponge painted it a minty aqua and drew gold stripes with a paint pen.  I love the way the final light turned out.  It has a sort of art deco vibe, and it cost me $4 total (the cost of a paint pen!)
aqua gold DIY 1950s globe light fiberglass handstitched shade Just Peachy, Darling
aqua gold DIY 1950s globe light fiberglass handstitched shade Just Peachy, Darling
aqua gold DIY 1950s globe light fiberglass handstitched shade Just Peachy, Darling
What do you think?



7 comments:

  1. What a great job!!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  2. Hi
    Looks great!
    Dad

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  3. Fantastic job! I could see there being a real market for these amongst mid-century decor fans if you happened to find more shades of a similar style to paint.

    Happiest Easter wishes to you & your family!
    ♥ Jessica

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  4. Hey! You're really creative. How special to combine these to things. And I love the colour and the idea with the irregular golden stripes. I first thought they were on the original shade.

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  5. A very fantastic job! Using a sponge to paint the shade gives it a beautiful texture that adds finesse to the shade. I also think that adding those gold strips gives the shade dimension. This light fixture was so artistically done! A very good job!

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