Sunday, September 27, 2009

Make an Ordinary Light Something Special....

Welcome to "Do It Yourself Day". I wanted to share with you another light transformation. I posted HERE last week about transforming a lampshade, now I want to share with you a few things you can do to change up a light fixture. A few years ago I had purchased this light fixture from Home Depot for my kitchen. I loved the finish and it was the style I was looking for, only problem... It had no BLING to it. Take a look for yourself.
I don't think there is a single lampshade in my entire house, that I have not added some type of trim to. When you add trim, you can make the lampshade coordinate with your room's decor. So that's exactly what I did, I added some trim with black and gold to match the accents in my kitchen. It's quite easy, just hot glue the trim right to the edge of the lampshade. In minutes it's a whole new look. Next step was to add some garland I picked up at Michaels Crafts. They currently have it in stock with all the fall decorations. I couldn't stop at the garland, I also added the beaded garland to give it that bling. Even though it's my kitchen, I wanted it to have a bit of a chandelier glam. Here's a close-up of the trim I glued on with the lights off.... Now with the lights on.... I added a ceiling medallion painted white to match my trim work. The final touch, a fabric sleeve made out of some gold silk fabric to cover up the chain. These are so easy to do, and really change the look of your lighting fixture. I have also done this to my dining room and foyer chandeliers. If your light is already up, you can still do this without taking down the light. Just cut a piece of fabric about 6" wide and 2.5 times longer than the length of the chain. Press under one of the long edges 1/2". Put the fabric around the chain by using two faced fabric tape, that you can purchase at the fabric store. Before you know it, you'll have a new look with very little cost or work! Now my regular light fixture has been transfromed... I originally added the garland for the fall, but it's going to stay up all year long! I just Love the beads.... They glisten when the light is on. (close up of the garland and beaded trim) Take a look around your house. Maybe you have a light that you could change form just ordinary, to EXTRA ordinary! I'm linking this post to a few other wonderful sites come and visit:

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21 comments:

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

very nice job of "glamming" it up! It looks great.
gail

Julia said...

What a pretty idea. I just love it.

Fawn said...

Love how such a simple project makes a huge difference! I have a light fixture in my dining room that has plain shades on it. I've been fine with it, until now. Now I need some trim! And maybe a chain cover. Oh, and maybe some beady stuff (I also have stuffed mine with fall garland). Thanks for sharing!

Mandy said...

Oh - the garland is FABULOUS. so pretty!

rachel blazer said...

i'm totally doing this to an ugly brass light fixture in my house- thanks for sharing the ideas!
rachel

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Thanks for the tip. Two faced fabric tape. I was always wondering how to do this.

Kado! said...

i have that EXACT same chandelier light fixture in my house in Las Vegas....I love it! You have great taste!!! ;) I did the same thing with the beads too! Love what you did with the lampshades! CUTE!

Create in me a clean heart O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 said...

Oooooh...pretty! I love your ideas and can't wait to try this project out on my own!

Dresser Girl said...

LOVING IT!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

WOW... it looks so much better... How fun!! Love it!
~Whitney

Sheri said...

Looks really nice! My chandelier faces down, so it's really HOT to sit near it. I can't figure out how to do anything interesting to it.

RIZZI said...

YOU HAVE GREAT IDEAS, THEY ARE ALL SO PRETTY. YOUR BLOG IS SO INTERESTING.


RIZZI..GIFTS FROM THE SEA

Stacey said...

I have a chandelier that is just waiting for the same treatment. I even have the berries already. Thanks for the great idea. :)

ImagineCozy said...

I love what you did. It really dresses up the fixture!
Nice-Angela

Shannon said...

Aww...so pretty. You did a fabulous job with this.

Fifi Flowers said...

VERY pretty chandelier!

Struggler said...

If this light is Cinderella, you are surely the Fairy Godmother!
You've got me thinking that I need to go home and add a bit of trim to some lampshades...

pk said...

Very pretty! Great job. Have a great weekend...
pk @ room remix

Mary said...

What an amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. I hope you are having a wonderful Pink Saturday.

someplace in thyme said...

Oh my goodness, the transformation was well worth it. You did a great job and it's gorgeous now, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Its wonderful! Thanks for dropping by today to visit. I always enjoy having you stop by!
Have a great weekend. We are expecting rain....again!
HUGS!
Leigh
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