When we moved into our home I wasn’t a huge fan of the light fixture in the dining room.
It just wasn’t my taste. I was constantly looking for a new one, but really didn’t feel like spending the money.
While I was shopping at Home Goods one day I came across this large lamp shade on clearance for $18! Had a vision of slipping this over the existing light fixture to create a whole new look.
When I got home I tested the size. It was perfect! I couldn’t wait to get started, but I really didn’t actually know how I was going to do it.
I wanted to change the finish of the the original light fixture but didn’t want to take the whole thing down to spray paint it. So out came the paint brush!
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I laid down newspaper under the fixture, removed the globes and started painting. I loved the dark gray color.
Now came the tricky part, figuring out how to attach the shade.
I needed to remove the center ring of the lamp shade. so I did that with a hack saw.
Once I removed the center ring, I needed to figure out how to get it to hold in place.
There was nothing on the fixture to even attach the spindles too to keep the shade up. I went to Lowes and came across this little clamp thing. I didn’t know what it actually does but I figured it might help.
I attached it to the the fixture, and put the spindles through the holes. It held but was not sturdy so I decided to add some small chain.
It worked and looked great! I painted the chain the same color as the fixture and I absolutely love it.
I think the shade adds so much warmth the the space!
What do you think?
This light was great though many changes in our dining room, decor, paint etc.
We used this light for 6 years and never had a problem with it. I loved it. But we recently painted and restyled our dining room and even purchased a new light! You can see full dining room makeover here.