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!)
What do you think?