I am making steady progress on my dining room makeover. The chairs are all finished up, and my former chairs have gone to a good home (thanks Patty!)
I’ve removed the bad IKEA lights that were hanging over the table.
For now I have replaced them with a funky junky lamp of my own devising. I purchased a fab old lamp shade skeleton at the Round Barn’s going out of business sale. Then I used some simple wiring supplies from my local Ace Hardware to make my own hanging fixture.
I simply threaded the cord through the opening at the top of the shade where normally the shade would attach to a harp. I wired it to the pull chain socket, screwed in the bulb and voila!
I hung the light from an old pulley that I had in my “stash of stuff I want to use someday” (you all have one of those, right?).
I’d love to now brag about how cheap this project was and how I came up with this cool lamp for less than $20, but that ain’t the case. I spent around $25 on the electrical parts, plus another $30 or so for the shade. You can’t really tell in the photos, but that lamp shade is 2′ across.
Next up, an amazing hutch that I picked up last Friday. I think it’s going to be perfect for the room. I got it painted on Saturday, but yesterday we went to the zoo with my sister and niece, so I didn’t get it waxed yet.
And yes, we were wearing jackets in August. It was only in the 60’s here yesterday. It was a perfect day for the zoo. No crowds.
Lots of great animals to see.
It was a great break from painting furniture! But I’m back at it today and hope to share my finished hutch with you soon!