Recently we were out doing some thrifting and scored a few great finds at Habitat for Humanity. One was a $10 DOLLAR gorgeous carved headboard that I will be sharing soon! And we needed a new light fixture for our dining room. So we found a rusted light that was perfect for $15 bucks. Not bad!
We are going in phases with our renovation as we moved in two years ago and will do an addition in a few years. So for now #that70’shouse is getting a top to bottom refresh and redo in all areas so it’s our vibe. But I am not necessarily putting in my forever fixtures because the addition and vaulting of half the ceilings will change everything including the size of light fixtures we will then need.
So, the best part other than loving how this turned out was putting it in the cart and the light must have sat out in the rain as it started to “pee” rusty rain water all over the floor in the store. That is just the kind of story I love so off we went to checkout and then home to figure out what to do with our newfound light.
I knew it needed paint, and we found these clear glass bulb covers at Home Depot for $5 each. But it still needed something pretty, without being too fussy. I found a big bag of wooden beads at JoAnn’s a few days later and, well I got my bead on.
I used mono-filament (like fishing line) from the craft store and strung each row of beads on, tying each off firmly as I went.
The coat of flat off-white spray paint scuffed up a little was starting to really look pretty with all the beads now, this is always the fun part. Seeing an idea come together and you did not have to spend a week or $200 to make it happen. YAAAAAS!
Here is what I used to make my farmhouse style beaded light fixture:
Old light that the wiring still works and is going to look way better painted, bulb covers if needed, Edison bulbs to give off a warm glow, paint, beads and mono-filament to string your beads.
Super easy and I am sitting underneath it right now enjoying the new warm glow in our dining room that I did not break the budget to achieve.
Troy installed it after removing the ceiling fan that previously hung low above our dining room table (I hit my bun on it many times- it was THAT low.) and we are in business.
Sometimes we see things that seem too expensive or unattainable and I am happy to say with a little work and patience, you can create a home you love in your today home. Just one thrifty project at a time!
Thank you as always for reading friend- xoxo Tanya
What a great addition to your lamp:-))
It looks great:-))
Thank you so much 🙂 we really are enjoying it! Thank you for stopping by too!! xo
TRISHA MCKINNEY says
This is such a beautiful addition to this space, it’s lovely and creative!
Thank you so much Trisha! We are really enjoying it 🙂 thank you for stopping by xoxo
Thanks for the inspiration! I can do these at home. Are these light fixtures more suited to warm lighting?
I think you could totally do a cooler white LED bulb too 🙂
Jen Gutz says
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