The problem with random ideas is that one random idea always leads to another random idea. Case in point: the random entryway makeover.
The new bench led to new art.
The new art led to a confetti wall.
The confetti wall led to a new light fixture.
See, I didn’t plan on any of that.
Its all good though, I am totally digging my unplanned entryway makeover including the super easy DIY light fixture.
After the wall was done, the bench was placed, and the art hung, I realized that the old light fixture stuck out like a sore thumb.
What was also sore was the bank account.
So I went meandering around the electrical department at Home Depot.
I found socket splitters.
I started playing.
I made all these crazy designs.
At one point, a Home Depot employee walked up, stopped, stared, and told me it wouldn’t work.
I said why.
He said the light bulbs wouldn’t fit.
I said, “Oh no, I’m going to use small light bulbs. It will work.”
He said I was right, it would work then.
At that point he got excited about my crazy idea and started plotting with me too.
After coming up with 10 different designs in the store, I finally created one I liked and bought everything I needed.
And it was so easy to make.
So easy, it almost felt like a sin.
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Easy DIY Light Fixture
- 9 Socket Splitters (Mine came from Home Depot, about $2 each)
- Gold Spray Paint (I opted for the good Design Masters Gold Medal spray paint. Mine came from Michael’s – use a 50% off coupon!
- Porcelain Lampholder (Mine came from Home Depot – this is what you will attach to your electrical wiring.)
- 25W or lower light bulbs (you want the small globe type ones) *I didn’t include the cost of the light bulbs in the fixture price. I already had some of these on hand and just had to buy a few more. Add in another $5 – $10 for light bulbs if you don’t already have some.
Take the porcelain lampholder out of the box and screw in a socket splitter (#1 below).
Screw in two more socket splitters off the first socket splitter you put in (#2 above). Continue to add socket splitters until you have the design pictured in #4 or a design you like. Be sure to screw in a couple light bulbs in tight spaces to make sure they won’t touch each other.
Place tape inside all the exposed sockets and spray paint the entire fixture gold.
Leave the fixture upside down (as shown above) so that spray paint doesn’t get onto the electrical part of the lampholder. Let it dry.
Install the light fixture. Directions for this are included on the box – its literally two wires that you have to connect to the lampholder base – super easy! Bill and I had it installed in under ten minutes.
This thing is super bright when its turned on. As these 25 watt bulbs burn out, I may switch them to a lower wattage – either way though, I love the look of this light fixture and how freakin’ easy it was to make!
Have you made your own easy DIY light fixture before?
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