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Crown Jewels; Lighting Redo; The Painted Hive

09 June 2010

Hi again everyone! I'm thrilled to be back for my second guest instalment here at Remodelaholic (thanks for having me again Cassity!) and am really looking forward to hearing what you guys think of this little makeover. I'm a bit of a re-hab tragic so please feel free to stop by my blog, The Painted Hive, anytime to check out some of my other projects. Now, down to business....
Question: What do you get when you take....
one kinda very ugly old light fixture,
a can of black spray paint,
some blingy old necklaces you wore once to a wedding three years ago
and an al-cheapo drum shade from Target?
Answer: A pretty awesome 'new' glamorous ceiling light for under $20 - score!
To make this transformation I first took the light apart and sprayed all the really lovely (eww) polished brass with the flat black spray paint:
I chose black because I wanted the finished product to have a chic, parisian edge.
I then divided out my beads into even lengths and used the wire out of some bread ties (hey, that was all I had on hand!) to create little rings in each of the holes you can see in the light above (the holes were previously for the screws holding on the lovely - again, eww - frilly glass shades).
Next I attached the ends of my bead strips to the wire rings to create chandelier-like loops.
Once re-attached to the ceiling and encased in the drum shade it makes for a pretty impressive and very thrifty addition to my parent's sitting room.
It's hard to tell from the pics though it looks pretty awesome lit up. The light bounces off the crystal-cut beads and creates some real sparkle.
So again, just for comparisons sake, from this tired out-dated old thang:
To this chic style statement:
I know I'm probably not alone in thinking that new ceiling lighting can be pretty excessively expensive so hopefully this little post has inspired you to look at ways of improving what you might already have - no matter how ugly they may seem to begin with!


One Life Many Journeys June 9, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

Shazam! That is the best light redo I have seen! I LOVE IT! I want one.....I am on the hunt!!!

Project Mom June 9, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

I have been wanting a cool fixture for our nursery. I am so going to try this!

Dara Lynn June 9, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

Girl you have skillzzz!! That is an awesome idea!!!!! I am looking around the house right now !!!!

A* June 9, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

This is unbelievably cool! I really love it and am desperately thinking who I know who has lights like this and would like a transformation! (I don't have any of that type of light fitting)

Shirley June 9, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

Wow......and I think sometimes I'm "so" creative. This light re-do is genius..lol.

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} June 9, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

Stunning makeover! Its so hard to believe that brassy light could become so chic. Great job!

Jennae June 9, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

That is honestly an impressive transformation that I didn't see coming! The "after" looks great on its own and even better on the ceiling! Great job!

Green Willow Pond June 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

Wow girl...you've definitely got vision! That is one amazing transformation.

Katie June 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

OMGosh!!! This is perfect! I live in ruralville USA and I need a decent priced drum shade pendent for above my table!!! Couldn't find one around for the life of me and on-line was too much $. Thank you thank you!!!

Heather June 9, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

That is amazing! I love that look! I may have to find an old dumpy chandelier to spruce up because I already have the drum shade!

Lisa June 9, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

Amazing transformation!! Who doesnt have an old ugly fixture they want to hide? Great vision.

Christie Cottage June 9, 2010 at 12:16 PM  

What a cool coversion!!! Classy light!


Thinking...which light can I redo :-)

awal.ny June 9, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

That is awsome, I was expecting just some spray paint but I was pleasantly suprised. You have shown that with some creativity anyone can take a stock ceiling fixure and make it great.

Tina June 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

Kristine, that is AWESOME!!! I love it!! You are my idol when it comes to all things 'makeover' my friend. Gorgeous!!!! ~ Tina xx

Anonymous,  June 10, 2010 at 3:56 AM  

This project is amazing! The transformation is incredible - impressed!

Anonymous,  June 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

Wow...what an amazing tranformation!! I would have never thought of it, but it's all so simple (and inexpesnive). I LOVE it!! Thanks for the inspiration!
~ Jo

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