I think this title is deceiving. This might not be free for other people….but for a hoarder like me that has decades of stuff jammed into her house, this was free as free can be. In fact, I could probably make four of these without spending a dime. Yeah. I got junk problems. Both in the trunk and in storage.
So here’s my light fixture issue…
In our ‘mud room’ which is actually nothing like a mud room except it has a few hooks, we have a very traditional looking boob light. It’s got an ornate ring and some fancy glass….but a boob is still a boob…no matter how fancy. And this fancy boob wasn’t for me. I already have plenty of those 🙂
So I got to thinking about a new light and I figured that a bunch of scraps glued together would do the trick.
I started out with two large embroidery rings. You may remember that I have hoops out the wazoo.
So I laid out my first hoop and evenly spaced out some shims…
Okay…now here comes the fun part….how do you attach shims (which are basically just low grade wood) to an embroidery hoop (a craft supply)? Why hot glue of course 🙂
I would just apply a tiny bit to the fat end of the shim and then push it into the hoop in an upright position until the glue dried.
After a bit of time, it started looking more like a shade…
Then after they were all upright and in position, I attached the other embroidery hoop on the opposite side.
A couple of the shims were a tiny bit longer than others, so I would just trim them with an x-acto knife.
Then I took the whole thing outside and used a little spray primer. The primer really made the rough bits more obvious. A little sanding block took care of that.
Then I used a bit of leftover plywood (it was super thin) and jigsawed a top (also glued that on with hot glue). And drilled a hole in the very center. The entire thing got two coats of semi-gloss paint.
Now that the shade part is complete, it was time to wire it up. I had one of these old Ikea light kits (I also have a spare one in black) and I have no idea why I have them. I think I had them for something in the old house. I think.
Okay…so first we had to remove our fancy boob…the one with the fancy nipple…I just said nipple….you’re welcome…
Then Jeremy used wire clippers (I almost just typed nail clippers…which is not the appropriate tool) to slice off the plug-in part of the light kit.
We also had one of these canopy kits. Also storage find…
And Jeremy wired the thing up.
Will wrote out ‘structions’….they actually look more informative than Ikea’s directions.
There was quite a bit of wire trimming that had to be done but if you had extra tall ceilings, this would be a perfect cheap route for wiring a light.
And it worked! It’s definitely not our long term fix but for zero dollahs, it definitely works for now. I am thinking that maybe something like this would be awesome here…but it’s $349. That’s a big difference than $0.
My apologies on the cruddy iphone pics. The camera was still in the shop 🙂
The good news is…it actually sheds more light than the old boob. And both Jeremy and I agree that a pendant is really the way to go in this space. Since our ceilings are so tall, it’s nice to have something more substantial up there.
I would like to switch out the bulb for one of those Edison style bulbs…so in the end, this quick fix might cost us $7.
So if you were to try to make this at home, you would need two embroidery hoops, a package of shims, scrap plywood, some paint and primer, a lighting kit and hot glue. I wanna say that my mom has all of those things in her purse right now. She’s always prepared 🙂
Not to shabby for a quickie light update, right? I really need to have a yard sale so that I can get rid of the junk in my house…but then again, the hoarding makes for inexpensive crafts…so maybe not. Sorry Jer 🙂