What do you do when you’re drooling over Ballard Designs and Restoration Hardware’s light fixtures but spending that much is totally not in the budget???
Make a knock-off!!!! 🙂
Say hello to my little friend!
Here’s the run-down.
All I needed was a bolt of this….
It lasts foooooorever…. Probably coulda done 30 lights with this! 😉
One of these did 2 lights….
And 2 lights that looked something like this. Not a fan of the 80’s brass myself and kinda prefer the black look! I paid $15.00 each at Habitat for Humanity.
I just hand painted all the brass with some black latex paint I had on sale. You can actually take some of these lanterns apart, take the glass out, and spray paint them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t with these, so I just hand painted and then scraped any extra paint off the glass with a glass scraper.
After the paint dried, Handsome Man installed the lights for me. They looked pretty good but I didn’t like the chain. Still a little too 80’s for me.
So… That’s when I twisted rope around the chain and I TOTALLY LURVE it now!!!! Looks like something from Restoration Hardware or Ballard Designs without the hefty price tag! 😉 I think it was easier to wrap the rope after it was installed, even if my arms WERE killing me by the time I was done! 🙂
I simply looped the rope around the top hook and used a white cable tie to secure it. (Otherwise known as zippy strips.) Then I wrapped the rope REALLY tightly around and round the chain securing it at the bottom with another white cable tie. Then I used the thin sisal string to cover up the cable ties by wrapping it around and round on top of them top and bottom.
All said and done, each one cost less than $20.00 and some time!
I kinda love the reflection that shines up on the ceiling too! 🙂
Yes… Try to ignore all the dust I didn’t bother to scrub off before I took the picture… 😉
(Observe the “mood lighting” (AKA: rope lighting) that Handsome Man installed above the crown molding. It’s kinda awesome at night for just a low light!
Not a bad price when you compare to these favorites from Ballard Designs and Restoration Hardware.
On sale for $569.99
So yeah. Pretty happy about my very inexpensive knock-offs!!! 😉
Check out the original Dining Room Post.