$5 Light Fixture Fix-Up

diy light fixture upcycle

Husband and I have a habit of thrifting on the weekends, and recently we ran across this cane chandelier in need of a little TLC. The antique place was going out of business so we picked this baby up for $5 — a steal for the pop of color it’s now lending my home studio! The cane was in pretty decent condition so the only pre-project step was wiping it down so we could start with a clean surface. Find more creative lighting upcycles here.

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Step 1

 Open Gallerydiy light fixture upcycleWe removed the chain, wiring, cap, and socket. Then, we laid out newspaper and the two painting projects we had for the day: the cane chandelier and the legs for my new bench.

Step 2

 Open Gallerydiy light fixture upcycleYou want vibrant color? You want to not use all the paints? Prime, prime, prime. We did 2 coats of Amy Howard at Home lacquer primer, leaving enough drying time between each.

Step 3

 Open Gallerydiy light fixture upcycleI have swooned over Amy Howard at Home products before (remember this antiqued mirror tray?) and this furniture lacquer paint was no exception. Bonus: This shade of yellow was called “Sunny Brook Farm.” How cute is that? I sang Shirley Temple songs as I painted, and did 2 coats of the yellow too.

Step 4

 Open Gallerydiy light fixture upcycleYou can pick up a light socket kit at your local hardware store for less than $5. Husband painted the cap that came with the fixture white, then attached a chain. Add an Edison bulb for a little style, and it’s finished!

About Hannah B. Slaughter 

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I’m a graphic designer for HGTV and DIY who loves taking something old, making it new and then adding sparkle. Weekend activities include thrifting with my handsome husband, writing for ...

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2 Responses

  1. Janice says:

    Love to see the upcycle projects of any object, instead of buying new, so much nicer looking and functional!

  2. Pam says:

    So cute!! I love the color too!!

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