$20 DIY Industrial Light Fixture

industrial Light Fixture

I love all of the amazing DYI bathroom makeovers I see on my favourite blogs and my new place could definitely use a bathroom refresh!

My starting point? The dated, contractor grade light fixture above the sink. My budget – $20.

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To achieve the industrial style, I started by removing the finials on each side of the fixture and replaced them with 1 inch plumping caps that you can find at any box store. I got mine at Home Depot for $1 each!20160819_180314

The existing finials were a little to ornate to pass as industrial – but the fix was super easy and very inexpensive!

The frosted glass shades also needed to go and I was inspired by the caged bulb look I’ve seen on some very expensive fixtures. To replicate the look inexpensively I started with three hard plastic cages from Home Depot for just under $5 apiece.

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Just $5 each!

All it took to make this look like an expensive custom fixture was a little spray paint. I had these in my supplies already but they are around $10 each to buy new (you get quite a few projects out of them).  Make sure you cover all areas that shouldn’t be sprayed.

For the fixture base I used two light coats of bronze and for the cages I used an under coat of aged copper and a light coat of bronze on top. I did this to create a little contrast.

The cages tightened onto the existing base with tiny screws that were included and then it was time to reinstall.

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I love the look and can’t wait to share the rest of my bathroom makeover!

 

 

Easy Refinishing Cheat – Dresser Makeover

In need of a more functional night table with tons of storage, I decided to give new life to an old and overlooked dresser buried in the garage.

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This dresser was already primed (a forgotten project from the past) so all it needed was a fresh coat of paint and a hardware update, but I wanted to add some additional visual interest.

My plan was to strip the dresser’s top and stain the raw wood but I quickly discovered that the dresser was veneered and there was too much damage to salvage it.

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Really set on a stained wood top, I bought a piece of 1′ craft pine at Home Depot and had them cut it to the correct measurements to fit over the existing top.

I gave it a good sanding and finished with two coats of stain and two coats of sealer.

I used wood glue to adhere it onto the dresser and the result was the paint/stain contrast I envisioned.

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Please leave questions or comments below!

 

Muskoka Inspired Pallet Wood Hanger

Muskoka Pallet Hanger

Always on a quest for clever storage solutions, I’m naturally attracted to the fun and funky knobs and hooks that are so popular right now!

On vacation recently in the Muskoka’s I came across an adorable collection and couldn’t resist buying a few.

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Turning them into a cute rack for loose accessories and sweaters was super easy!

  1. First I cut and sanded some scrap pallet wood. I deconstructed an aged pallet a while back so I pulled from my stock pile.20160716_200046
  2. Drill the holes necessary for the hardware (two of these pieces are knobs and two are hooks so they needed to be mounted differently). Pallets are hardwood so it’s important to drill your pilot hole first.
  3. I spray painted the tip of the screws that would be facing outward to match the hardware and then it was assembly time!

  4. I drilled a couple extra holes into the hanger to mount it onto the wall and the result – a cute a kitschy hanger for those sweaters that can never seem to find a home.

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