Light Fixture

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I have to confess, I’m really tired of all the same old, same old light fixtures. You know the ones, they lay flush against the ceiling, my brother calls them boob lights, because they are rounded half spears, with a bar running through the center to the bottom where a rounded nut (what he calls the “nipple” piece) screws on to hold it all into place. I’ve grown to hate these light fixtures and I have 4 of them in my house (there are only 6 light fixtures in my place), so I decided to solve this problem by making my own light.

Light Fixture Before & After

Now, before I continue any further. I have to tell you that I am only as good as my inspiration, and in this case my inspiration came from Dear Emmeline. Back on March 11th she released her post DIY Easy Embroidery Hoop Pendant, and all I could do as I read her post was go “I want”. And now I have 🙂 There are however some differences.  Biggest one being that I spent more than 30 minutes on my light.

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First, we don’t have a Jo-Ann Fabrics in my area, so I ended up going through amazon. ca and getting their wooden embroidery hoop for $3.60. Please be aware that embroidery hoops are not all the same (I state this because before this project I thought they where…).

So I got my embroidery hoops, and the pieces I needed from Home Depot, and I set to make my light. Or so I thought…

I started out by putting the paint tarp out in the yard (we have someone that gets a little upset when we spray paint the grass, so the tarp saves us 😉 ) and then proceeded to laugh…

Little Helps - Light Fixture

The moment I put the tarp on the ground, Little jumped on and proceeded to treat the tarp like she does her dog bed… I should probably take a moment to disclose that although Little is a sweetheart, she has been known to on occasion be a thief. And her faviorate things to steal are money, stuffies, pieces of wood, and small pieces about to be spray painted…  So after bribing the dog with a nice deer antler, I proceeded to spray paint my pieces.

Painting Pieces 1 - Light Fixture


I used RUST-OLEUM’s Oil Rubbed Bronze as I really love the coverage and color. It’s also a product I’ve come to trust.

Spray Paint - Light Fixture

Once everything was dry, the fun part of attaching everything began. Remember the part where I mentioned that not all embroidery hoops are the same, well stay tuned.

First I tried gluing one of the embroidery hoops to the small piece for in the center…

Attaching 1st Piece - Light Fixture

I let the glue sit for over 24 hours (I was also building my butcher block counter top at the time…), removed the clamp and lifted up the hoop by the small square piece (as it is the piece that will be attaching the light to the hoops…) and watched as one side sprung off. I stared at it for a few minutes, thinking some very lovely words (after all this was supposed to be an easy project) and adjusted my plan.

Upolstry Nails - Light Fixture

So I dug out some upholstery nails from my stash, as I figured that I would nail the pieces into place and they would make a nice decorative feature.

See that little tiny square piece of wood in the picture above, well the upholstery nails split it into three lovely pieces. Lucky for me, the square piece of wood is actually sold by the foot, and I had only used 1 inch of it, I had 11 more to go 😉

I cut another piece of wood and adjusted my plan again (by this point the counter top was sanded, stained, and the first coat of sealant had been applied). I tried several ideas (finished the counter tops) before I finally landed on a plan that worked.

Tieing it - Light Fixture


I took some twin that we used to keep the flowers from falling over in the garden and tied all the pieces together.

Glue Dries - Light Fixture


Wrapped the twin around the split and glued square with the pieces of embroidery hoop, applied LOTS of glue (because if this plan didn’t work, this light fixture was going in the garbage), crossed my fingers and let it dry for two days.

And finally a plan worked! Yay happy dance, the light fixture is together. Now to get it up.

So I trimmed off all the extra strings, and gave the whole thing a spray with the paint. We where good to go.

This is the part where I confess. Sometimes I get a little chicken ish. Or overly cautious, if you will. Me and electrical, after all the fun I had making this thing, well I thought it might be best to ask someone else to put it up. So my oh so wonderful mother, agreed to help me out. She took down the horrible light, and proceeded to put up the new fabulous light. Only it wouldn’t go up. The bolt used to attach the light to the box was too short. We had to get a new, longer piece.

So after another run to Home Depot, we where once again set to go. Only mom was busy, and it was pointed out that if a couple of 12 year olds can install a light fixture, so can I…

I climb up on the ladder, attach the wires, and start screwing everything together. Only the thing starts to make noises, and I become convinced that if I continue I WILL break the light fixture. So I call my sister, and after much discussion, she agrees to come over and help me.

She’s screwing it together, while laughing at me because I can’t put up a simple light fixture, when it breaks.

Yep, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, she broke the light socket.

Which I of course I had to laugh about, after all she did do exactly what I had been convinced I was going to do…

Lucky for me, my sister is very kind hearted and went to Home Depot for me.

So once again, it was up the ladder for me. After all, whats the worst that could go wrong, I break the thing (I should mention that I had flipped the breaker so there was no power going to the box, electrocution was not an option). And after much ado, the light fixture was finally up.

Light Fixture

And the best part, it works.

Light Fixture @ Night

During this project I learned a couple of things.

  1. Just because someone says it’s easy, does not mean that it will be easy for you
  2. For some people, it is easier to make butcher block counter tops than light fixtures
  3. If you preserver, you will beat the “simple” light fixture

And now I have a question for you, I have two other light fixtures in my main living space (my living room, kitchen, and office are all in the same space), do I:

  1. Make 2 more of these light fixtures
  2. Make 2 different light fixtures
  3. Buy 2 different light fixtures

I like to think that I learn from my mistakes, so making this light fixture again will (hopefully) go a lot smoother.

What do you think?

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63 thoughts on “Light Fixture

  1. Ricki, it’s fantastic! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party. Pop on over and get a Sunday Showcase feature button. Here is the link for today’s Showcase. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  2. This is absolutely fabulous and a lot less expensive than buying one. I know this because my mom has a similar one in her house that she paid over $300 for (yikes). What a great post to share! Thanks so much for linking up to The PINcentive Blog Hop and I hope you are having a great week :o)

    • Why thank you Lizy, I always thought I was a little bias when it came to Little 😉 As for the patience, it is something that I work on daily (and sometimes fail completely) Thanks for stopping by and co hosting the Fluster Buster Party

  3. Ricki it looks awesome! I probably would have felt like quitting lots of times during the process. You stuck it out, even 2 days for dry time. My applause goes out to you, I’m SO IMPATIENT lol. Now you have something with character and a “lovely” story 😉

  4. Thank you for sharing your success (and mistakes) with this project. I’m moving into a new house and I think I’ll try a couple of these! 🙂

  5. Thanks so much, Ricki, for linking up on my blog challenge. This is a great light fixture! I say do two more like it. The paint & primer you used is what I think I need to re-do a rolling wooden cart/mobile bar I have. I’m still learning DIY!
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    • Thanks Kimberly, I was happy to link up.
      I love using their spray paint as it has the primer built in. It’s a one stop shot for me 😉

  6. That was a fun post! I am glad it all worked out in the end, and I am so glad to know I am not the only one that has projects that are filled with issues! I love it, I saw the same post back in the spring and have been collecting hoops at the thrift store to eventually make one, thanks for the tips!
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  7. Oh wow, great Job! The structure does bring interesting shades though. I am sure you like it for one lamp, not sure how it would effect the room if you had 3 of them. It might get really interesting, or you might get tired of it very soon. The shades would be something I would consider the most, by choosing to go with more than one of this kind. Good luck with it!
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    • Thanks Jessica, I love the end result, and although the didn’t behave the way I wanted them, I would still make another light. It really does look great. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. I’m obsessed with orb lighting lately and have been seeing it pop up more and more with different vendors. You did a super job. I truly love it and bravo for removing another dreaded ceiling mount “boob” light. I was lucky enough to have (4) of them in my home when I moved in. They were the first things to go and that was 10 years ago!

    Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze is one of my favorites. I used it on a bathroom lighting fixture makeover. It dries quite authentic looking if you ask me. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I love the light!
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