Monday, February 7, 2011

My $10 Light Fixture

$10 isn't too bad for a new light fixture, is it?



My parents recently redid their kitchen, dining room, living room... you know, most everything. They had an old <coughcoughreallyuglycough> light fixture above their dining table, and last week they finally got a new replacement chandelier installed. 

What to do with an ugly chandelier... hmm... what to do, what to do?

Send it to me, of course!

I had big plans to make it cute and hang it in my dungeon of a stairwell. Then I saw the discarded chandelier in person.


Apparently it is true what they say about remembering things through rose-colored glasses. I thought it would be fixable and then I got it in my house and couldn't look at it without cringing. It was a no go, people.

Unfortunately that still left my stairwell without a working light fixture. So while my sister was visiting (because she's awesome and she loooooooves me), I dragged her to we visited my local Habitat for Humanity Restore where I found this brassy babe for only $10.
(Thanks for the arm, honey)

I pulled the lantern apart (taking photos of where each doohickey went, 'cause electrical fixtures are not my forte) and painted it with Rustoleum's Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I replaced the gold lamp wire with black and then put the fixture all back together again.

Then my wonderful, amazing husband spent the first half of the Super Bowl hanging it for me.

That's love, y'all.



 

I love how it turned out, I think it looks fabulous and I'm overjoyed to have a working light in my stairwell again... it's going to be a while before I get used to flipping that switch.

Phase 1 of my stairwell makeover is now complete.

Here's a list of things that absolutely must go in order for me to live in peaceful coexistance with this stairwell:


I can't wait to get started!

Except for the part where I have to figure out how to remove wallpaper that covers 16-foot high walls in a stairwell; I'm not really excited about that part.

Update: You can follow my stairwell progress here!

Sharing at Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After party

37 comments:

  1. I love it! I haven't gone to our ReStore yet- I'm dying to! This makes me want to go even more. Ughh.. good luck with the wallpaper!

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  2. nice job on the light! i agree, that hand me down one would be hard to make cute. i just ripped down a whole heck of a lot of wallpaper.. i posted some tips on my blog if you need any! good luck! :)

    kimberly.

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  3. I just bought a light fixture at Habitat for Humanity too! How funny! I really love how it turned out. You definitely have a good eye! It totally looks like something from Pottery Barn now!

    Also- I just nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award! Find out more about it here: http://posytheporcelainpig.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

    Congrats! Love, Mikalah

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  4. I have a few of my own "brassy babes" to eliminate - this encourages me that I *can* conquer them!

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  5. love the light fixture! omg and LMAO at your war on your stairwell! too funny!

    I wrote very mean things about my closet recently to =) I think WTF was the main thing out of my mouth! haha

    xoxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  6. oh I love it. Remove the glass and I swear it looks just like this.. http://www.potterybarn.com/products/gothic-lantern/?pkey=cpendants

    for a whole heck of a lot less~! Great score..
    Tana

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  7. good job! I'm all for repurposing a functional light fixture - new ones are muy expensive and yours (now) looks great. kudos :)

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  8. Wow, the black paint really made it look so much more expensive! Great job girl =]

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  9. VERY pretty!! Amazing how much of a difference the black made. Can't wait to see the rest, I'm sure it'll be FABULOUS!! Kim B.

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  10. Looks so much better! Nicely done :)

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  11. Great find and redo! Our restore had a fire, thankfully no one was hurt, but I miss going there!

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  12. What an awesome transformation! From old fashioned to oh so stylish!!

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  13. Great find! Looks great, good luck with the rest of the transformation!

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  14. Great job! Everyone seems to find such great things at the Habitate for Humanity store- I need to get my butt over there! Thanks for linking up!

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  15. That looks great! we're looking to do something similar!

    Come by our link party! We'd love to have you!

    http://breadandbutter143.blogspot.com/2011/02/look-what-we-found.html

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  16. Perfect!....all for ten dollars....Habitate for Humanity rocks!

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  17. I saw that first picture and lost my breath. I kept thinking how in the world did she re-do that thing. I'm glad I kept on reading :-)
    A friday's favorite for sure!

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  18. Great light- the 2nd one- lol! It looks great painted and in it's new home :) Stopping by from my romantic home- can't wait to see the finished stairwell!

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  19. Beautiful! I love it with the glass as well. And you just can't beat the price. yay!

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  20. Great job! I love ORB, it makes my world go round. :) Good luck with the rest of the stairwell!

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  21. I love the new color! you've got a lot of work ahead of you in that stairwell, but I'm sure it will be worth it when it's done! Good luck. :)
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  22. Love your light! It looks so Pottery Barn like. What could be better than a darling light for only $10?

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  23. Hi there! I'm wondering if the wooden panels can be removed from the top fixture? If so, and you painted it black as well, it would have a very industrial feel (after you change out the light bulbs, of course!

    Great blog, btw.

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  24. I saw a link to this particular post on another blog and had to come and look. AND check out your "about me" to see what state you live in - I donated, I promise you, a light fixture almost identical, if not, to that one! I sure hope someone snagged it and was as clever as you! This was fun!

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  25. LOVE the Restore! Nice one! And any project that gets rid of "builder brass" is an automatic win.

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  26. Behold the power of paint! I can't believe the difference. Great project.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  27. Cool! Amazing what a little paint can do... total transformation!

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  28. I am laughing because this is MY LIGHT FIXTURE! And not only do I have this one, but I have T W O!!! Can you believe it? And what you did is exactly what I was planning to do tomorrow! LOL! This is just too funny! Now I have a picture to show my dh so he won't freak out on me! Love it, love your blog! Thanks!!
    ~Terry @ http://mossandclover.blogspot.com/

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  29. Shut the front door! I love it! I have been wanting to go to my own local Restore, but the hours never seem to work with my schedule. Now I'm just going to HAVE to go! Love it!

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  30. LOVE the redo - it looks great and $10 - even better! Thanks for linking up!

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  31. girl, that looks SO fantastic.

    What a little ORB won't do eh?

    love it.

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  32. This is a FANTASTIC project. Great idea! I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html

    Cheers!
    Sommer

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  33. I love love love your home!!!! I think that it had a lot of great bones to start with! The kitchen and dining room are just perfect i would not change it at all. It is a lot of work to redo a house and your obviously very good at it :) Pixie

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  34. I had an ugly donation from my parents too. But...I took off all the ugliness & saved the lighting part only. Painted it & added a modern drum lamp shade ~ everyone asks where I got it. If they only knew!

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