Whoever lived here before us decided to take a few light fixtures with them when they left. So, for the first month, we just lived without one. My parents ended up with an extra bedroom ceiling light that they let us have until we could figure out something else.
Well, if you have looked around at lighting, you'll know that it is pretty expensive! Everything I really liked was just not in our budget. So, I've been waiting and waiting, every now and then looking at Craigslist for a good deal, but also for something custom-looking. Something unique. I just didn't want a cookie cutter light fixture. You can find those all over Craigslist for super cheap.
I've been toying around with the idea of making a mason jar chandelier, but Chris just wasn't crazy about that idea or the pictures I showed him on Pinterest. And, I really didn't want to put all of the energy into making something, only to end up with him not liking it. So, I waited some more.
And then, about a week ago I saw this picture on Pinterest from Tracery Interiors...
So, I did. Well, we did. My super awesome husband helped me a lot.
Check it out.
I bought the lantern from Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off! (If the lanterns aren't on sale, you can always use their 40% off coupons!)
Then, I went to the Habitat Restore and found a light fixture that would work for me! I found this one for $5!!!! Score! If you haven't been to the Habitat Restore, you should totally check it out. They have some great stuff!
Last, I picked up some black spray paint from Lowe's (We bought the high heat Rustoleum kind, just to play it safe.)
So, we first cut off the little ball on the top of the lantern, and drilled a hole so that the light fixture and cords would fit through it. We measured and cut a 7in. x 7in. piece of wood as I mentioned above.
Less than $50 for a custom light fixture! Makes a huge difference, don't you think?!
Lantern: $35.00 (Half off at Hobby Lobby)
Light Fixture: $5.00 (Habitat Restore)
Black Spray Paint: $8.00 (Lowe's)
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