Cheap 80’s Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off…

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!

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Here’s the run-down.

 

 

 

All I needed was a bolt of this….

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It lasts foooooorever….  Probably coulda done 30 lights with this! 😉

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One of these did 2 lights….

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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! 🙂

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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.

 

80's Brass Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off - DIY in Real Life.com

All said and done, each one cost less than $20.00 and some time!

80's Brass Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off - DIY in Real Life.com

80's Brass Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off - DIY in Real Life.com

I kinda love the reflection that shines up on the ceiling too! 🙂

 

80's Brass Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off - DIY in Real Life.com

Yes…  Try to ignore all the dust I didn’t bother to scrub off before I took the picture… 😉

 

80's Brass Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off - DIY in Real Life.com

(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!

80's Brass Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off - DIY in Real Life.com

Not a bad price when you compare to these favorites from Ballard Designs and Restoration Hardware.

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$229.00

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On sale for $569.99

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Between $150.00-$350.00

So yeah.  Pretty happy about my very inexpensive knock-offs!!! 😉

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9 Comments on Cheap 80’s Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off…

  1. Erika@BeBookBound
    March 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This is AWESOME! I’ve been looking for some inexpensive lantern lights and have been so disheartened at the hefty price tags on the internet. YOUR PROJECT TO THE RESCUE! Thanks for sharing such a great idea! You’ve given me hope!

  2. Melanie
    July 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Looks great! I just found the same light at a thrift store. I’m trying it with brushed nickel spray paint, but I think the nickle spray paint is coming out cheesy looking. Can you tell me what color paint is on the walls in that room. I really like it.

    • Nicole
      July 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Melanie!
      You might try painting it black first, then painting it again with the nickel paint. It might cover better? Just a thought anyway!!!

      As to the color in the dining room… I actually got a whole bunch of free paint and so I mixed 5 or 6 various partial gallons of red paint, crossed my fingers, held my breath and painted it. And it is the PERFECT red, which is awesome because reds are notoriously kinda hard to get! So… I wish I could tell you what this perfect color is, but sadly I can’t.

      That’s actually how I’ve done most of the house. I think I’ve bought a gallon of black paint, 2 gallons of semi-gloss white for trim, and a gallon of primer for this entire house since we bought it. Everything else we got from a place in Omaha called “Under the Sink.” Everyone takes their unused paint there and then you can go and pick out whatever paint you want. Mixing paint works well for me because I’m not really the type to buy 10 different sample sizes of paint to see EXACTLY what shade of gray I want. I’m more of a mix this and that and see what we end up with. Knowing the color wheel and what happens when you add this color to that color helps too. And since it’s free, if it doesn’t work out, I haven’t lost anything! It works out really well for us! And did I mention, we’ve painted the entire interior of our 3 bedroom house for almost free? Can’t beat free. 😉

      I guess I figure, it’s just paint… What’s the worst that can happen?? 🙂

  3. maillot marseille 2013 pas cher
    July 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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