Apartments have crappy light fixtures. Sorry for the blunt delivery, but that’s just how it is. The kitchen lighting is often some big gargantuan fluorescent fixture which reminds me of a great scene from great movie… Joe Versus the Volcano. Anybody? No? Ok then – well let me enlighten you.
Then in every other room in the apartment you either have no lights, the standard “boob lights” (as so named by the lovely Katie Bower), or ugly brass chandeliers. And that’s exactly what I’ve had in my dining room – ugly and brass.
I pondered the many possible replacement options. I considered spray painting the fixture oil-rubbed bronze, spray painting it and covering it with a pendant lampshade like the one in the YoungHouseLove office, or replacing it altogether with a DIY fixture. I decided that in the spirit of already replacing so many things, why stop where I was? Besides, it’s not like I didn’t have plenty of storage room to stash the old fixture until I move out and have to put it back up. Also, why I didn’t feel comfortable spray painting it – you never know what they’ll try and slam you for on those move-out checklists.
I thought about making a capiz shell chandelier, but think I might do that in the closet or even in the bedroom, so I’ll save that project. In the end I decided to go for the fish scale paper lantern that I found over on Pinterest. So 1 pack of lime green tissue paper later (bought at Party City for $.99), I have this:
For the full tutorial, go here. I cut my own circles since it was cheaper than buying them pre-cut. I just traced a jar lid and would cut about 30 or so out at a time. I bought the lantern shade and ceiling fixture from World Market. I’m a little concerned about the lasting quality of it seeing as all the little pieces of tissue paper are literally just stuck up there with a piece of scotch tape, but it’s not like it gets a lot of wind in the dining room. I’ll have to keep you updated. This project I think was intended as a party decoration and not an actual fixture, but hey, we’ll see how it goes. And it looks awesome over my dining room table. 🙂
And just in case you’re wondering, yes… I’m fully aware of the bald spot. I ran out of circles when I only needed like 2-3 more. I’m thinking of taking a few off the bottom since it looks too heavy down there anyway. Also, it won’t actually be this low when I hang it. It’s currently hooked onto the bottom of the ugly brass chandelier. I hung it up there to tape the circles on and can’t actually install it until I’m in the apartment during a sunny afternoon. When I cut the power to the fixture, it also cuts the power to the kitchen overhead light. And since I don’t have a light fixture in the living room (making dark the only 2 surrounding rooms), I can’t see what I’m doing. No bueno. Oh and since I work a 9-5, refuse to get up earlier than I absolutely have to, and get home when it’s dark… I’m not really sure how that’s going to work.
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