$100 Room Challenge Week 3: Light Fixture Update

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Leave it to me to have an idea of something I want in my head that doesn't exist. I feel like this has been the story of my life. I set out to look for a very specific item and it's nowhere to be found- and if it is found the price is outrageous. That is exactly what happened when I set out to DIY this light fixture.

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If you are just tuning it to this challenge you can catch up below.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Reveal

As I was designing my vision board for this powder room makeover I came across this light fixture and fell in love.

Amazon Progress Lighting Hansford Collection

Let's take a look at the original light fixture in this room. Totally not the style I was going for. Even paint could not save this light (but it is currently for sale for a deal on Marketplace if you're local and interested 😉).

So, I found a very simple two light vanity fixture on Marketplace for $20 and set out to DIY my own. The problem? Glass globe pendant shades with a 2 1/4 " fitter do not seem to exist. Plan B was finding a large glass lightbulb instead. Those don't exist either, ha! Joke's on me.

This happens a lot in the world of DIY. You're knee deep in a project and realize that you have to shift plans. After literal hours spent researching light fixtures and bulb fitters and light bulbs I decided I needed to formulate a new plan for this light.

What you will need:
  • Plain light fixture- I recommend checking your local GoodWill or FB Marketplace
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Glass Vanity Shades of your choice- You can find these at most hardware stores like Menards, Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace, etc.
I knew I wanted to paint this fixture black so I started there. I gave this light a couple quick coats of black spray paint in satin.

I also made sure to spray the accessories to this fixture so that everything was black.

Then, I set out to find replacement shades that went with the look I was going for. I found these bell shaped glass covers at Menards for $6 a piece. I wasn't sold on them at first but after living with them a few days I really fell in love with their unique look. Tip: It is so easy to change out light shades to give your fixtures a brand new look! Most of them simply screw off!

As the cherry on top, I picked up some of these edison style LED light bulbs. Since I had clear glass shades on this light I thought these were a nice touch.

So, for around $40 I had a brand new light fixture that went with my Modern Farmhouse theme! Sure, I could have bought one new for around the same price (something I realized after I had purchase this fixture used) but sometimes it feels good to recycle... at least that is what I am telling myself! 😂

I also gave this old mirror a facelift using my 'make anything look like wood' treatment!

I love how this room is coming together! And I am proud that I didn't give up on this light fixture (if you follow along on Instagram then you know this was definitely a saga when it came to installing this light).

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Here's an update to the to-do list/budget:

  • Paint Room- $22 (with the $10 mail in rebate on 1 gallon of paint)
  • Paint Vanity- FREE (had the paint)
  • Hand Painted Wallpaper- $3 for paint sample
  • Update Light Fixture- $40
  • New Mirror/Accessories

Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers participating in the $100 Room Challenge! You are sure to be inspired by these amazing creators! And stay tuned because next week is REVEAL week! My favorite week in all of these challenges!
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  1. Very creative! Your new light fixture looks fantastic!

    1. Thank you!! I am happy I decided to stick with this project!!

  2. The perfect light fixture! It's the "how to" that makes the perfect DIYer. You created a very pretty light fixture. I love it!

  3. Bravo! You did a great job on the light fixture. I adore the wooden frame too.

    1. Thank you!!! I am so happy with how this space is coming together!!

  4. The perfect light fixture! It's the "how to" that makes the perfect DIYer. You created a very pretty light fixture. I love it!

  5. I think you made the right choice with the glass shades and it really goes well with the wall treatment that you did.

    1. They actually turned out better than I thought!! Watch how someone comes out with glass bulb shades after this challenge is over, haha!!

  6. Yes I love painting a light fixture! Especially those older brass ones, it makes such a huge different but it is so simple. Your room is looking amazing so looking forward to your reveal.

    1. It really does!! Paint wins again on this project!!

  7. The new glass shades are fantastic. Love their shape.
    Can't wait to see it all put together!

    1. Thank you!! I am so excited for REVEAL week next week!!!

  8. Oh my gosh I feel your pain about the creative process! But your light turned out beautiful, and I love those glass globes!

    1. Right? Sometimes projects go 100% as planned and other times not so much... but that is what DIY is all about I guess!!

  9. I LOVE your new light fixture and the globes. I need a Menards in my life. I am hoping to find something similar. Ours needs an update for sure! Two thumbs up on what you've done so far!


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