tuesday tip: lighting

I recently decided I hate the lights in my kitchen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

So I wanted something great in like 10 minutes. Because I have what my husband calls a short attention span. I also wanted something cheap since the aforementioned husband is great at a lot of things but electricity is not one of them. And I didn't want to hire anyone for the job.


So I found some inexpensive shades at IKEA and bought them. I came through the door barely acknowledged my children pulled out a kitchen chair took off the old ugly fixture and shoved on the new cheap IKEA shade.

Upside down of course - because that's the only way I could make it work. And God knows I was not going back to IKEA. Sometimes having a short attention span really pays off.             


But the guts of the light were showing   which I didn't like. Neither did James     my 9 year-old. I believe he said: ""that looks horrible mom.""                                                                                                                              


Um - okay.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

My mom was in town     busy ironing my new curtains made out of tablecloths (more on that later) and she was delicately dancing between being supportive and rolling her eyes. When I mentioned a coffee filter as a potential diffuser for light fixture she said ""hmm maybe” but I knew it was just to appease me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Still in an effort to support me she came up with the parchment paper idea. Brilliant!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

diy light fixture from a short attention span person like myself


In a nutshell:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 - Remove the old ugly glass cover of the ceiling fixture                                                                                                                                                                                      

 - Spit out all the dead bugs and dust that fall into your mouth                                                                                                                                                                                        

 - Wash the old ugly glass cover and use it for something else: like a serving bowl or frisbee or very large soap dish                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 - Lay out some parchment paper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 - Place the small side of the IKEA shade on the paper and trace with a pencil (I used a crayon because that's all I could find)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 - Carefully cut out the circle and glue it on the shade with clear glue dots (found at craft stores) Totally kidding! Like I have those?! I used the crusty glue from the kids' backpacks                                                                                                                                                            

 - Once the glue sets manhandle the shade back on to the fixture and poof - a new not-so-ugly fixture for under $15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The parchment paper hides the components of the light AND reduces the glare on my crow's feet - bonus!

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