Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pendant Light with Washer Accents

 I had bought a new light fixture for above my kitchen sink a few weeks ago, but had not decided what I was going to do with the shade for it quite yet. I decided I would buy some washers and jazz it up in some way.  Here is what it looks like now installed.  
 I began with some washers. I was not sure what size I was going to use at first, but I decided to go with the smaller size.
 I picked up some Rust-Oleum spray paint in oil rubbed bronze. This definitely has a bit of sparkle in it as well. It really shimmers on these washers.
 I sprayed all of them inside a box that I had which made the washers stay in place while I sprayed them.  
 This is the shade that I picked up at Lowe's for about $13 or so. It is just a plain ivory drum pendant shade.

 Here is the lovely 1990 lighting fixture that I am sure cost the contractor about ten bucks at most.  It has been hidden by the cabinet piece that goes across the top of our cabinetry. That is why I have been able to live with it this long. 
 Here is a picture looking out the window, and as you can see you cannot even tell the fixture is even there.
 I adhered the washers on the top and bottom edges of the shade. Then Rob was able to install the fixture for me in no time.  

Here is what it looks like now above the sink. It just gives this space a little more interest than before. I have to work on some kind of window treatment soon. I am thinking of getting Rob to build a cornice for it since I have pinned a few of tutorials on those.

The whole project was approximately $40 for the fixture, shade, washers and the spray paint. It was a quick and easy update for this space.

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  1. Oh that is so very cool! I did not guess washer when i saw it, but I love it even more now! Nice project!!

  2. This is great. What an easy and fun update. Super cute!

  3. What a great idea. Thanks for the pictures that make it look so easy!


  4. Love how the washers make it look so modern! Nice idea!

  5. Great idea! Simple and looks very elegant. Visiting from Nifty Thrifty.

  6. Wow, the Pinteresting Family does it again! You guys have a knack of making things beautiful, while also making it seem so easy to do. I've held onto a lampshade for a long time and think I've found its purpose. Thanks for sharing another great project!

  7. Looks great! I really need to try some of that ORB!

  8. WOW! I am nearly at a loss for words...nearly. What a brilliant idea. I would never have thought to have added washers to a pendent light shade. What a HUGE difference this made. You and Rob are an unstoppable couple.

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog today...Have a great week!

  10. What a cool idea!! Looks great!

  11. Very cool shade.I love how it turned out and so quick and easy. Well done.

  12. seriously love this.. been playing around with washers for jewelry items. but hadn't thought of it for home "décor" :) Love!

    would love to have you post this in my first link party..

  13. Wow, brilliant!


  14. Fantastic idea to use spraypainted washers! This turned out so great!

  15. Totally LOVE the look!! You did a fabulous job! I want it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  16. Love it! The washers are such a creative idea!

  17. What a beautiful idea ! I found you through DIY Dreamer. I will definitely be back and hope that you'll come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest:

  18. Super cute!!!!!!!!!! What a great update! Don't you HATE those fixtures they just throw up to sell a house????

  19. That's a great light, really changed the look!

  20. You are so creative! That light fixture looks awesome, Megan! :)

  21. What a great idea and a great transformation! I'd like to invite you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at I think it would make a great addition to the party.

  22. LOVE this! We love having you at Whimsy Wednesday!
    Smart! School {House}

  23. I love your use of ordinary washers turning them into lovely decor! Now my mind is buzzing with stuff to do with washers!

  24. This is awesome!!! What a creative use of ordinary stuff. Love it :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  25. How brilliant!!! I just love it :)

  26. Darling! I love it lit as wll as unlit! The washers are the perfect touch, brilliant!

  27. You did a fabulous job! I love how simple it is, but looks gorgeous! I would love if you would share this on my weekly Link Party Blog Stalking Thursday. I am sure my readers would love this as well.

  28. Holy cow! That is amazing! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. Wow, I'm impressed! Very classy. I'll be following your blog, you're good,

  30. Love this idea! Brilliant!

  31. That is so amazing!!! It looks super cool and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)

  32. Love the lampshade! What an awesome idea! -Laurie

  33. Love how this turned out!! Thanks for visiting and linking up at Romance on a dime.

  34. I am in love with this idea! Such a pretty touch. You're so clever :)

    I've pinned!!

  35. Hey Meg! I am featuring this tomorrow, Oct 26th as one of "My Friday Fave Pins" I hope you will visit the post :)
    This just looks amazing!

  36. Very nice! That new shade was just what your window needed.

  37. This is really cute! I love circles in design so this is perfect!

  38. The washers make an ordinary shade way more interesting! Thanks for linking up!

  39. Cute idea! Reminds me of a lot of the drum pendants I've seen with metal detailing. Never would have thought of this.

    Stopping over from Random Acts of Craftiness.


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