Ceiling Light Revamp

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 el-cheapo drum shade from Target?

Answer: A pretty awesome ‘new’ glamorous ceiling light for under $20 – score!

To ‘create’ this new light fixture I first took the original light apart and sprayed all the really lovely polished brass with flat black spray paint.

I chose black because I wanted the finished light to have a dramatic, parisian edge.

I then divided out my beads into even lengths (still on their necklace string) and used the wire out of some bread ties (hey, that was what I had on hand – and it did the job!) 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 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 the ‘new’ light makes for a pretty impressive and very thrifty little 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 bling.

Here it is in place….

The drum shade is held up by being sandwiched between the light canopy and stem.

So again, just for comparisons sake, from tired old-fashioned drab….

To chic parisian fab (if I do say so myself)….

 

I know I’m probably not alone in my opinion 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 it may seem to begin with!
 

Telephone Table Bench Seat

You know those old-fashioned telephone tables? Like this one….

Most of them have good bones and smart lines (and can be found super-cheap!) and I’ve seen lots of them looking great once made-over though the utilitarian function is some-what defunct nowadays with everyone having cordless phones and the like so I thought I’d do a little re-purposing….

First, I removed the screwed-on drawer (don’t worry, I didn’t just throw it away – I’m keeping it for a rainy day) and old chair pad then painted the base crisp white.

Then on with some jute webbing. Kinda like this….

Next, a layer of foam wrapped in some thick wadding followed by a piece of cute fabric (taupe and cream ticking stripe in my case).

I pulled, stretched and staple-gunned the fabric into place before trimming away any excess and hot-gluing a length of braid trim around the whole bench to conceal the staples.

Some covered buttons were then added for that finishing touch.

So, from this…

To this…

Some co-ordinating pillows and a throw rug really make for a cute ensemble.

The throw is plain taupe polar fleece trimmed with the matching ticking fabric and the cushions have simple faux envelope fronts dressed with some more covered buttons.

In the pic below you can see the braid trim and fabric. To give the base a bit of extra character and a slightly more relaxed feel I lightly distressed the edges.

Here’s the set in my parent’s guest bedroom….

I know as a tutorial this is kinda vague (sorry!) though I didn’t take any step-by-step photos because, to be honest, this was the first project of its kind that I’d ever attempted and I really didn’t know just quite what I was doing and how it might end up (plus who knows if I did it the ‘proper’ way anyway!).

If you wanna give something similar a go though are a little hesitant, seriously, just go for it. Let’s face it, I could hardly have made it look much worse!

 

We Have a Winner!

As chosen by Random.org, I’m sooo excited to announce that the winner of my first ever giveaway is lucky number 88!

Congratulations to Donna of Rosebud and Bluebells! Your prize will be shipped shortly.

Thank you to everyone who entered. I’m sorry there could be only one winner though I’m hoping to have more giveaways in the future as a means of thanking all you guys for your support, encouragement and readership.

 

My First Giveaway!

I’m soooo excited about this!

To thank and celebrate all of my wonderful readers, as a small token of my gratitude I’m offering this gorgeous little hand-crafted (with love!) tote embellished with a sweet vintage bunting bird.

Fully lined with black cotton and featuring a rustic jute drawstring this charming pouch, amongst other things, could be used; to store your little silk nightie, to perfume a drawer if filled with sweet cedar chips etc, as a make-up purse, on an outing in place of your usual bag, to stow away your sewing or craft paraphernalia etc, as a cute gift bag, as decor hung on a bed post, door knob or chair back….and the list goes on and on!

To be in the running to win, simply leave a comment on this post – easy peasy!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Closed midnight on Monday 7 June (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

A Little Weekend Away

Given we’re lucky enough to be heading down to the beach for a couple of days I thought I’d share these gorgeous coastal inspired spaces.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who follows along, comments on or visits my little slice of blogland. The support and encouragement of this amazing community is nothing short of overwhelming. It truly makes me smile each time I see a new follower or notice a new comment, so….THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Have a lovely weekend.