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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Budget Light Fixture

When I had this new wall done, the builder put in two light sockets on the wall. It wasn't something I had particularly planned but it was a good idea. Extra light fixtures weren't in the budget and the el-cheapo ones I looked at I didn't fancy at all but I had to cover those naked bulbs.

These that you see above cost less than $5 each! They are actually wooden place mats for the table. I attached little picture hook things at each side and bent the place mats into a roundish shape. Remember that lights give out quite a lot of heat, so be aware of your materials and the wattage of the bulb to avoid flammability. This goes for making lamp shades too.


  1. How clever, I love it and it looks great. You have given me an idea for this lamp I bought from IKEA. It was cheap and cute, but too brite when lit. Your idea is perfect. Thanks!

  2. That's sheer genius! I love it!

  3. You always come up with the best ideas. Wish I lived on the same continent as you so you could train me.


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