Monday, April 19, 2010

Lighting on a little...

I love chandeliers and I love getting a GREAT deal on chandies even better!! I just thought I'd share a few budget minded ideas here. This chandelier came from a yard sale and was only $3. It originally was intended to plug into an outlet, but we{my husband} just cut off that part and wired it into the ceiling. I am craving bright, fun, and happy lately and decided to make some new lampshades for this chandie. I already had everything on hand. The shades came on another thrifted chandelier. I spray painted them white and made the flowers for them. Jen, of Tatertots and Jello, has a great tutorial for how to make the flowers. I did do things a little differently, but here is the link to her tutorial. While you are there, take a look around. She has such fun crafty ideas!!

This flower is my favorite!! Love, love, love the fabric!! I used vintage buttons for the flower centers. I am thinking I want to gussy the lampshades up a bit more, but for now this will do. :)

Red gingham with a yellow flower button.

Yellow polka dot crib sheet with a super cute red daisy button. Pretend the picture is actually good. Hahaha!!!

Some of y'all have already seen this chandie redo. I did add some more sparkle in the way of glitter on the candle sleeves and a beaded garland. I believe I paid $15 for this chandelier and a little more for the crystals, etc. making this my most expensive piece.

This lighting idea came from Country Living originally, I think. I decided to actually get on it when I saw it on Ashley Ann's blog. The cord set came from Ikea for around $4, the basket was $2, and the light hanging kit was around $5 at Home Depot.

Here is a close up. This is in my computer loft area. You can see more pics of it here.

Lastly, we will go into Lilly's room. This fixture was originally brass with the milkglass. I loved the milkglass but not the brass. I just gave it a coat of sunny yellow paint and love it now!! Cost for this one...$12.

I think the total comes in under $100 for all four chandeliers. There is no limit when you think thrifty. You just have to have patience and a vision.
Tell me, what is the best deal on lighting you have gotten??


Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Your fabric flowers turned out super cute, LOVE the sheet music chandelier, Lilly's light is SWEET, and the wire basket light is AWESOME!!!

Amy R. said...

The flowers are adorable! You know I love all your lighting especially Lilly's milkglass one!

Ruth said...

They are all fabulous. I love them.


Lindsay-ann said...

Your chandeliers all look great. I am amazed they cost so little - I would never have known that if you hadn't said. Wow.

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

I got FREE lamps from my grandma! That was my best lamp deal. I love all yours, you are so creative :)

Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Elise :-}
An idea for you for the chandelier with the flowers on the shades - On each shade, using the same material that you made the flower for that shade from, add a strip of the material around the trim at both the top and the bottom of the shade.

The wire basket shade is wonderful!!! A tongue in cheek thing to do, would be to attach a little bit of straw and some eggs on the top side of the basket ;-p. But honest - I like the basket chandelier just the way it is!!!!

We do not have an overhead light in our living room. In every other room of our house (except the bathroom) we have ceiling fans with light attachments. In the winter the fans blow one direction helping spread the heat around, the rest of the year they blow the other direction, helping blow the breezes coming through the windows.

But there isn't one in the living room since there wasn't wiring for one when we moved in here. But recently I spotted a chandelier/ceiling fan at a resale shop that has got me wanting to change that situation!!! Hum mmmm