Friday, April 8, 2011

$10 DIY Schoolhouse Light

I love-- nay, adore, schoolhouse-style light fixtures. How's that for a strong statement?

I love the vintage styling, and I have lots of fun "Windows shopping" at Schoolhouse Electric's website and imagining how I'll make my kitchen over when my husband gives me the green light to start rackin' up cabinet and backsplash bills.

(Haha, did you get it? Window shopping? Windows...operating...system...? Bah.)


I desperately wanted some cute lights for my unfortunate laundry room, but I knew I couldn't justify even $40 or $50 for a simple fixture when I needed two of them, and they would be living in my basement laundry room (which very rarely receives visitors).

This is what I was working with beforehand:


We had several of these in our basement, and I loathe them. They kept burning out and I'd be left with a dark room because the other lights were pointed in random directions, not to mention there was insulation sticking out of the top of them and a random streak of aqua paint. Don't ask me how that paint got on there, I knew I was a messy painter but I had know idea I was that messy. Yikes.

I was at Lowe's shopping for paint for my boys' closet makeover when I saw this replacement schoolhouse globe. Five dollars? I'll take two, thankyouverymuch.

I went looking for the cheapest flushmount light fixture with a tallish base that I could find, and I stumbled across this little beauty:


This was also five dollars and some change, so after I checked to make sure the globe would fit with the base, into my cart went two -- all the while wondering who buys lights with crazy textured acorn-y glass shades.

I brought them home, used a little oil-rubbed bronze spray paint magic on the bases, hung them (making sure to stick all the insulation inside the fixture, of course) and voila!



Just you wait 'til I get rid of the nasty ceiling panels and put something darling like baseboard up there. And, you know... sort out the rest of the entirely unfortunate laundry room. Then it will be fabulous!

29 comments:

  1. Lol this post cracked me up! I love schoolhouse fixtures too! And if I could ever come across an old school house chalk board I would probably die a happy Mama! Can't wait to see the whole transformation!

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  2. Ohhh, it's fabulous NOW! Major improvement!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  3. Well look at you Miss Fancy-Pants!!! You're own domain!!!!!

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  4. CORRECTION ----> "YOUR" own domain.

    Sheesh.

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  5. This is such a great idea! I love Schoolhouse Electric fixtures too...and can't afford them. Now where to put one of these is the question...

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  6. Hi, Anna - they turned out so nice, congrats on your new fixtures! You could turn those goofy acorn-y glass shades into tealight lamps for your garden. Just hang them upside down with wire around the rim and a wire handle.

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  7. That is brilliant. I may have to rethink our lighting issues.

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  8. Oh I love it! I love old light fixtures, well really old, not 80's old lol. I would love to have you share this at my VIP party this weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-10.html

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  9. I'm tempted to do this myself! Flush mounts are always a challenge and usually ugly too. Not yours - it looks great!

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  10. GREAT job! They look SO much better.

    Visiting from Sunday Showcase. It's great to find your blog.

    Pam

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  11. Love it!!! It looks so much better:) I may have to use this idea in my laundry area..I just have one poor lonely exposed bulb....

    LaKeta

    1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

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  12. Great idea! Love it, I might need to do this now as well because I also have been eyeing up those lights but can't really see spending that much on them for where I want them to go. Thanks for inspiring!

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  13. so SMART!
    I'm going to have to look the next time I'm at Lowes- I can't believe you came up with these for on 10 bucks a piece!

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  14. I love these lights...well done and inventive on a budget!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE schoolhouse lights. These turned out fabulous plus I really love them paired with the wall color! Great job. :)

    Kimberly
    thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

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  16. Oh, I love! Definitely bookmarking this post!

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  17. this is so helpful! i need a schoolhouse light that is flushmount for my kitchen. to think i was considering spending mucho $$$ at Schoolhouse Electric! Thank you!!!

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  18. This is definitely going to be done in my house! Possibly in my own laundry room. :) Great eye!

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  19. Oh Lady, now you've got my wheels a-spinnin'.

    Thank goodness for bloggers like you with such ingenuity.

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  20. This is the answer I've been looking for! My hallway fixture is SO ugly, but I couldn't find anything I could afford. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Thanks so much for posting this, this is a lifesaver for me! We have a back hall light that needs replacing, but we absolutely cannot afford the $50 - $100 pricetag for a new schoolhouse-style fixture. This is a perfect solution!

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  22. Great job. I love schoolhouse fixtures also and am working out a way to make inexpensive ones as pendants for my very tall kitchen.

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  23. I love the schoolhouse fixtures and the price is amazing.

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  24. Clever, clever little smarty pants! I think that I should go and check this out right now for my boys room!

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  25. I hope you are making some money with those brains! This is brilliant!

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  26. Great idea. I think I can use this at home at low cost. :D Thanks for sharing the idea..

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  27. These are gorgoeus - just what I was looking for!

    How do you find the light level with these fixtures?

    I want to replace several of the superclassy "boob" lights in my house with something like this, but I'm worried about less light in the hallway going from a two light fixture to a one light fixture.

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  28. Lindsay, thanks! The light is okay but I have 2 of them in my laundry room... I saw that Home Depot has a larger version of the globe for sale for $5 or $10, I wonder if it would fit over a two light fixture?

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