The two flush-mount, ultra boring light fixtures that we had in our front entryway and hallway had been on the “to replace” list since we moved in 3 years ago.
Here was the under $10 light fixture that had been in our hallway since the early days. It did the trick, but wasn’t much to look at.
Since it was perfectly functional and not high on the priorities list, we needed something budget friendly. Enter: free yard sale find.
After a day of yard sale’ing in my parents neighbourhood, I came across this yarn light fixture in a bin labelled “free”.
It didn’t look like much, and I think my parents thought I was a little nuts to drag it around and out to lunch with us, but I had a good feeling about this guy.
When I got it home, I took the scissors to it and started cutting away at the yarn. My apologies to whoever crafted this guy a few decades ago – it was probably actually super fun in it’s heyday, but the yarn had gotten old, stinky, and it was time for a trim.
After a few minutes of cutting and yanking, and having tons of old dust fly up in my face, I was left with this.
I knew this guy had a good shape underneath all that yarn! I love the skeleton of the shade and thought it would look great as a single bulb pendant.
So I got out the matte black spray paint, and gave the whole thing a couple coats.
I made sure to get all the wiring too, so that it would look seamless up to the ceiling. We had to buy the canopy for the fixture (that black round piece at the top) at Home Depot, which ran us about $5.
Here’s how things were looking after the install…
So much better, right? And with an amazing price tag to boot.
In the meantime, have a great weekend folks! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends out there. I’m so looking forward to getting out and enjoying the fresh air and beautiful colours that this time of year brings. What are you guys up to? Any big turkey dinner plans or outings with the fam?
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