So, we have this incredibly ugly light in our dining room. It’s brass, outdated, huge, and just generally one of the most offensive light fixtures I’ve ever seen. We have hated this light from the second we first saw it, and we’ve been itching to get rid of it for months now.
We have big plans for what we’re going to do in the future for a light fixture in here (Update: You can see our gorgeous DIY chandelier by clicking here!), but in the meantime I knew there had to be some way to take it apart and make it at least a little less awful.
So, at about 9:30 on Friday night I wondered out loud to Corey how easy it would be to do. The next thing I knew, I was standing on the dining room table helping Corey take it down. And before I knew it, we had the UFO-like shade off, and we were left with a (much smaller than expected) not too awful looking chandelier.
It was way too small to leave as-is, but when Corey ran into the living room to grab something, I immediately knew what we was doing and how we could make it work. He came back with the giant, dated shade from our green lamp, and plopped it on top of the fixture.
We knew we wouldn’t like it if we left the shade as it was (aka: ugly) so we went back and forth on a few different things we could do to spruce it up. We talked about ribbon, twine, and fabric, and since we didn’t have enough twine (bummer!) we decided fabric was the way to go. We weren’t about to spend a single cent on this project since we have plans to replace this light fixture as soon as possible, so we knew we had to work with what we had laying around the house.
We decided on using a tablecloth we had grabbed a few months ago to keep the too-small dining room table we ordered safe while we were waiting for its replacement.
We used the shade as a guide for where to cut (we laid it down and slowly rolled it, drawing a pencil line at the edge) and soon we had a nice little piece of fabric ready to be attached to the shade.
While I got to hot-gluing, Corey got to spray painting.
There isn’t much to explain as far as how to do it – I simply went around one edge, hot glueing as I went, then I did the other side, pulling the fabric as tight as possible as I went.
It’s important to remember to use the lampshade as your guide, because I made a quick attempt at first without any sort of plan – I just cut a long strip of fabric and figured I could make it work, until I realized that due to the steep taper of the shade, there was no way to do it without some major pleats in my fabric.
With the properly cut fabric, however, I didn’t run into a single problem and in less than 10 minutes I had a much better looking lampshade.
At this point it was closing in on midnight and since we’re normally the “in-bed-by-10:30” type, we were having a hard time keeping our eyes open. So we turned in for the night and left the chandelier outside to finish drying.
The next morning, all it took was some quick reassembling and hanging, and we had a not quite pretty, but much better looking chandelier hanging out in our dining room!
So much better, right? We definitely don’t plan on keeping this fixture long term but this is so much easier on the eyes than the mothership was, and we’re so glad we decided to switch it up – especially since we were able to do so without spending a cent!
Now if only we could get those awful chairs recovered!
Have you ever given something in your home a quick, free makeover?