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70+ Lighting Inspirations!

 Whew!  These round-up posts take forrrreeeeevvvveeeeerrrrrr to put together!

*Imagine me saying that in the dark with a flashlight shining on my face and said in my best “Sandlot” voice*

If you haven’t seen the movie don’t even try to get that last part.

 

 

AnyWAY!  Here’s a round-up of all my favorite lighting inspirations and DIY tutorials!

We all know I’m a TOTAL sucker for good light fixtures, so there are quite a few!  ENJOY!!!

 

 

Round up of 70+ Lighting Inspirations and DIY Tutorials by www.DIYinRealLife.com

 

 

 

 

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Loving this light you can purchase from Serena & Lily.  And… It almost looks like something one could knock-off with an old fixture, some twine, and some pretty beads?

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The before and after on this chandelier from In My Own Style is pretty impressive! A tutorial on how to transform an outdated brass chandelier with paint and crystals!

 

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Anyone else crushing on this kitchen that Home Bunch was showing off? It’s from Restoration Hardware which totally explains why I like it!  And whadoyaknow? It’s on sale!  Only $1750.00 right now!  Yeah, I know… In.  My.  Dreams.  🙂

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I’m not immensely into shabby chic but I do like this lamp makeover by My Blessed Life.  A great way to inexpensively upgrade those totally dated lampshades!

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Brilliant update by Apartment Therapy.  I’m more keen on buying a drum lamp shade than making one, but more power to ya if that’s up your ally!!  Love the concept!

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Another great, cheap update by The DIY Village! Liking the 2-toned idea!!!

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Liking the pop of color here on this update on Ladies Home Journal!  Fun!

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My eyes lit up and I’m pretty sure I audibly gasped when I say this DIY tutorial by HommeMaker.   Love.

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Digging the pop of color in these light fixtures!  So easy to re-create with a couple outdated fixtures!

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This tutorial from Scout and Nimble has been circulating across blogland and Pinterest for a while, but I would be remiss in not including it!  It really is genius!

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Lipstick and Sawdust made these awesome lights by marrying the guts from some outdated fixtures and garden lanterns!  Smart!

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Sarah M. Dorsey Designs did this fantastic light… A great twist on the other drum shade lights!!

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Love this light from Not Just a Housewife! 

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Imperfectly Polished did this ingenious tutorial on How to Make a 3-Light Pendant from a Recessed Light.

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Love this driftwood lamp!  Couldn’t find the original source on this one but it looks like an easy enough DIY!

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Vintage Revivals did this fabulous tutorial on making a custom pendant light…  Totally digging it!!!

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Pudel Design did this fun twist off some of the drum shade lights previously added in this post.  Love the clear orbs!

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Simplicity in the South did an awesome knock-off of this Restoration Hardware light.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t include a tutorial on making a mercury glass lamp!  Check out this tutorial by Decorated Chaos! 

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The Concrete Cottage did a tutorial on this DIY French Script Lamp Shade.

 

 

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Unfortunately the link on this pin was bad and I can’t seem to find the post… But re-creating the lampshade concept with an old shade and strips of burlap seems easy enough!

 

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LOVE this combination of chinese lantern and pulley to hang it from the ceiling!

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This waterfall spiral mason jar chandelier is awesome, upscaled twist to the other mason jar lights!!!

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Wouldn’t this idea from dogpile be just stunning for a wedding cake table??!

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This light was made out of paint stir sticks!!! Awesome!!!

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Purely inspiration photo here… But again I just love the elegant pop of color here!!

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Love the POLKA DOTS of course… But the flowers add a whole lotta cuteness too! Awesome lamp by Pink and Polka Dots!

 

 

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No original source but I think the concept of threading ribbon in and out of a shade woud be easy enough!!

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There’s so much about this I love!  The painted floor… The mismatched chairs… And of course the happy colored lights!

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FUN light that is an impressive mix of art and function.  It’s just plain pretty!!!

 

 

 

 

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Wow.  Eye-catching, no?  Super easy to recreate too!

2 wall hooks, galvanized pipe, mirror garlands and christmas lights!  Lovely!

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A Little Glass Box wrote a letter to her son on a lampshade in his room.  Adorbs!!!

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What a CREATIVE twist on chinese lanterns!

 

 

 

 

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Style Me Pretty showcased this awesomely impressive chandelier!

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I think these wire lights are pretty crazy cool!

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So, I couldn’t exactly read the original source on this one… Cause it was in Spanish, and I only know a few words in spanish.  “Si” is “yes.”

“No Habla Espenol” is “I don’t speak spanish.”

And that’s right… I watched Sesame Street as a child.  So I can count to 6.

Boo-Yah!!!

 

 

 

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Not sure what intrigues me more… The awesome potential to recreate this light using unique materials! Wire trash can, perhaps?

Or perhaps the glass jar on the side table full of light bulbs? 😉

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This could totally be recreated with a plain glass shade. Simply spritz glass with vinegar water then spray with Krylon “Looking Glass” spray paint!

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Total sucker for Edison Bulbs!

Oh… And the light is pretty cool too!

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Again with Restoration Hardware and their awesome lights!  Adoring the pulley!

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Simple way to add polka dots in 5 minutes to an ordinary lampshade!

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Emily A. Clark did an AWESOME update on this brass habitat light fixture!  It’s gorgeous!

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Check out these fun lamps from All Things Thrifty!!  You really can make a lamp from anything!

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Buttons add some flair to these otherwise boring lampshades!

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Okay… I’ll admit it… Drooling of these light fixtures by Twenty Eight 0 Five!!!

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Love this tub lighting!  So awesome for a wedding!

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Love these insulator lights featured on Apartment Therapy!

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Love these headboard lights by Southern Fried Chicken.   How cute is this? They have their own individual switches!

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Digging the knotted rope cord by Design Sponge!

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Fan-TAS-tic before and after by The Painted Hive!!!   You know how I am about industrial!  Adore this light re-do! Brilliant!

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Love all the various sizes and shapes of bulbs!

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Love the vibrant color and sheen of this painted lampshade by Little Green Notebook!

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Anyone else digging these hanging basket pendants? Rawr!!

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Be-YOU-tiful fixture!!!

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Wouldn’t this be perfect in a little girl’s princess room???!

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Ha!!! Lights made from whisks from a commercial kitchen mixer. Featured on Brooklyn to West.

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Check out this lamp project by the Nester!

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Super easy DIY tutorial by Domestically Speaking!

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Similar idea… Different basket….

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Wouldn’t this be adorable on a lampshade in a little girl’s room??!

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I would love to try this with glitzy clear beads!!!

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Majorly drooling!

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Looks easy enough, right???!

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What a beauty!  Love this mercury glass light fixture!!!

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You can get these 10-light strands off of etsy, or if you’re brave, try DIY!!!

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Absolutely love this twist on a simple chinese lantern by Glue Arts!!!

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I know, I know… Again with the Restoration Hardware light fixtures!  I’m addicted to them, I know!  But I think you could take any number of outdated fixtures and with a little rope, get a similar look!

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Another lovely way to dress up a plain lampshade by Pretty Petals! 

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A tutorial on dying lampshades by Little Green Notebook!

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How hilariously creative is this??!  You’ll never ever guess what she used to do this!  Check out the tutorial on Matsutake!

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Wouldn’t this light fixture be so pretty in a hallway??

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Stunning pop of color!!!

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So fun and beach-y, isn’t it??!

Miss Mustard Seed wrote this tutorial for HGTV.com.

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Same concept as the previous one, only a different shaped lamp and thicker rope.

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Cardigan turned lampshade!

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Okay! Okay!!!   I promise!  This is the LAST Restoration Hardware fixture I’ll drool over.  In this post anyway!!!

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And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own tutorial on transforming an outdated brass light fixture

Round up of 70+ Lighting Inspirations and DIY Tutorials by www.DIYinRealLife.com

Random Lighting Inspiration….

Because sometimes you find lighting inspiration in the least expected places….

 

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Like at JC Penny’s at the mall…

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I’m gonna say I was one of the only people stalking and taking pictures of their lighting… 😉

Lighting Inspiration - DIY in Real Life.com Kinda bad cell phone pictures… But I was trying to sneak shots of it. 😉

“Act casual, Nicole…  Act casual… People probably do this all the time….”

It really is awesome though, isn’t it???!

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.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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(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!

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

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Between $150.00-$350.00

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

Check out the original Dining Room Post.

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Home Stories A2Z

Beyond The Picket Fence

Dining Room…

Some of you have seen snippets of the dining room…

In the next couple days, I’ll be posting about the details:

 

*The DIY batten walls

*The built-in coffee bar

*How to install crown molding

*My “Free” Dining Room Table & Chairs Re-do

*How I updated a cheap 80’s Light Fixture to a Restoration Hardware Knock-Off 

*Not to mention the Industrial DIY Curtain Rods that I already posted a tutorial about!

 

In the meantime….  I hope you enjoy a few shots of our dining room! 🙂

DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After

 

I love before and afters!  It totally shows me how far we’ve come!!!

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 The awesome batten walls that totally covered up our cracked lathe and plaster.  It looks even BETTER in person!!!

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My cheap 80’s shiny brass chandelier!  LOVE how it looks now with a coat of black paint!!!

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Twisted rope around the chain and I TOTALLY LURVE it now!!!!  Looks like something from Ballard Designs without the hefty price tag!  😉

 

 

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 And my coffee bar…

 

 

Sooooo looking forward to showing off my awesome details in the next couple of days!!!!   Whooohoooo!!!!