When we moved into our house, we inherited a light fixture that was in the kitchen nook area. One of the first things we did was move it to the formal dining room. We lived with it even though we didn’t like it for a few years. The fact that we rarely used the formal dining room certainly helped! But now that the formal dining room has become my new office, I knew I had to change it! Being the frugal DIYer that I am, I couldn’t bring myself to just get rid of it. I didn’t think anyone would want it so I started gathering ideas and pictures of light fixtures that I did like. Then I came across a globe light pendant that I had to have! But the price was a bit high for me to justify the expense.
It was time to get creative. I started messing around with the old ugly light fixture and seeing what I could take apart and salvage. To my surprise the whole thing came apart fairly easily. I had some good parts that I could work with. Then I found and orb on Amazon that was big enough and only $42! I quickly ordered it and waited patiently for it to arrive.
Once it arrived, I spent the afternoon tinkering around with the old fixture and taking it apart. We were able to pull the wires out of the hooked parts and were left with three smaller wired bulb heads to use.
Then we added a longer metal piece to hide the wires and the chain and ceiling piece that were part of the old fixture and we had ourselves a whole new light!
We then drilled a whole into the metal orb. We started with the smallest drill bit and worked our way to the biggest one. Moving slowly each time to make sure we didn’t ruin the orb. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to drill through the metal!
Once we were finished we took all the pieces we had and attached them. We ended up having to buy another nipple piece and a larger washer. For less than $5 we were able to get the pieces to come together and attach.
Once we knew it was going to work, I took the whole thing apart and spray painted all of the pieces to match the orb. It looked like a whole new fixture with just the spray paint!
Once it was all dry, it was time to attach it again and hang it from the ceiling. I also found a cool lightbulb similar to this one at IKEA. I couldn’t be happier with the result! Similar light fixtures run anywhere from $140-$250! I made this one for just around $50! I love what a statement it makes every time I walk into the kitchen area!