DIY Light Fixture

Hey ya’ll! It’s been a while since I last shared a fun project with you and if you follow me on Instagram @creekwoodhill you’ve probably already seen my DIY light fixture that was inspired by none other than Schoolhouse Electric. Like so many others I love vintage pieces and I love finding fun and modern ways to include them in my home. While this fixture is not vintage it is vintage inspired. The fixture I chose and will show you how I implemented my own spin on it was a schoolhouse semi flush pendant purchased from Home Depot.

I wanted to refresh our little urban farmhouse and take it in a fun new direction which is when I stumbled upon Schoolhouse Electric’s light fixture and I absolutely fell head over heels for it but it was just out of my small budget so with a little creativity I created my own.

 

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Schoolhouse Electric Light Fixture

 

This is the fixture that was the inspiration to my own DIY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Light Fixture by Creekwoodhill

 

 

This is my fixture that I created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’ll show you how:  diy-light-fixture-supplies

 

What you’ll need:

  • Painters Tape
  • Rust-oleum metallic spray paint (I used gold)
  • Acrylic Paint (your choice and color, I mixed gray and black for a more charcoal hue 3 parts gray to 1 part black)
  • Paint brush
  • Light fixture

 

 

 

I first taped off my fixture (sorry in advance for the grainy picture). I also measured my spaces because I wanted them evenly spaced out. This was tricky as the globe was round and not evenly cylindrical so the tape cinched up in places which caused paint to bleed later (I’ll show my solution to that in a bit).

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Next I painted the globe. I sat it on a bowl I had because it was easier to spin while painting in order to eliminate as many brush strokes as possible while still leaving brush strokes because you know…I’m crazy like that and I wanted it to look hand painted. Brush strokes…but not too many brush strokes…lol! The picture on the right is after the paint had dried and I removed the tape…

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See all those whiskers? Yup, my solution? I took a straight razor (not pictured) and gently scraped them all off, which ended up being a pretty easy task.

diy-light Super easy (again sorry for the grainy pic)

 

Next up the base. The inspiration light fixture had a brushed silver base and the fixture I purchased from Home Depot did too but I really wanted a brushed gold finish. So with my Rust-oleum metallic gold spray paint I lightly sprayed the base of the fixture. Any areas that looked like paint dripping (extra tip: acetone nail polish does the trick to clean up very nicely).

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All hung up

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DIY Light Fixture by Creekwoodhill

 

There you have it! Easy peasy just the type of DIY I like!

Be sure to check back soon as I will be teaming up for another home tour blog hop and we have some fun ideas to share with all of you!

 

See ya soon!

Lea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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