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Monday, 7 January 2013

Make a Baskety Bowl From an Old Light!

I would almost be willing to bet that every single person reading this post has at some point lived in a house that had at least one of these light fixtures in it.

You remember these, right? They were pretty much the standard for bedroom light fixtures in the 70's and 80's from what I can tell.

Sometime around then, they were installed in all three of our upstairs bedrooms and now we're working on getting rid of them all. This is the one that came out of the room we're working on right now and I thought I'd try to see if I could play around and make something with it.

Here's how it went:

OK, well first of all, obviously, I cleaned it.

Next, Kennedy painted it with some craft paint to cover up the white glass.

Once the paint was dry, we got a mixture of water and white glue, and used that to stick some loose-weave burlap onto it.

I added in the extra piece in the middle, just for extra textury dimension in case I wanted to display something smaller in there.

We really coated it in the glue/water mixture like crazy and tried to smooth everything down as best as we could.

There's a little extra bunching in the corners, but that just ads to the whole rustic look of it.

Once the whole thing dried, it was as hard as a rock!

Now I have a brand new bowl to use around the house however I see fit.

Better yet, I've proven to myself that I can create something beautiful out of almost anything! Can you believe this used to be a tacky light fixture?

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Jeanette @ This Dusty House said...

I love this! Especially since I actually still have one of these light fixtures! I can't touch it yet - its still lighting up our 'original' room - the one room we haven't yet touched in our house. But, hopefully very soon, it too will be all turned all over itself and that fixture will come down! So, who knows? Maybe I'll try this!

Michele Alger said...

What a clever idea! Makes me wish I had our old fixtures...So COOL!

Pamela Gordon said...

You are so clever! Yes, we had those fixtures in our bedrooms but they are long gone now. Another brilliant idea from you! It looks really sweet.

Erica {let why lead} said...

Great idea! We have a couple of those light fixtures in our apartment right now! :)

Love what you filled it with, too!

imklvr said...

Oh, my word! How brilliant is that? And how much do I wish I had even ONE of the old ones now??!! Very clever, and fun, post! You'll touch a lot of people's memories with this one!! Thanks! Dona

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

We had them in our fist home, circa 70's but weirdly enough our builder in 1998 used them in our new build in the bedrooms too. We don't have them any more.

Jody and Stan said...

What a creative way to use an old light fixture. The basket turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing a great idea!


Jacque said...

I love up cycled items! This is so stinkin' creative!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

This is seriously one of my favorite upcycles ever!! I bet I can find one of these lights at the thrift store too!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Now that's very clever of you and it turned out great!

Jessica Kielman said...

Are you serious right now! That is too smart! I used to have a stack of those old light covers...I so wish I would have thought of this! You rock!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

What a wonderful way to recycle! It looks awesome, I love the texture.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Fabulous idea and so creative. Those light fixtures were huge dust collectors. I love the way you transformed it.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Well, now...isn't that just clever?!
I like it and love it filled with flowers, too.
You've got all the talent, for sure!

Sharlotte said...

I would never have thought of using that light fixture, but it is perfect! I love what you've done! Very, very creative!

Tricia said...

How clever! How do people (you!) think of these amazing projects?!

Just found your blog today and will enjoy going through it. Nice to see a Canadian DIY blog.