A week or so ago, I was walking through Bunnings (a home improvement/hardware store) and was blinded by bling. Unfortunately I only had my phone with me, and the photos don't do justice as to the amount of sparkle theses light fittings had but let me just say I needed sunglasses!
Although not a bad price at $169, I decided that I could make one cheaper. So I used the above photos as inspiration. Walked down the aisle a bit and found myself a drum shade for $25.
Before, I go on I want to show you what I had before.
Yes, there it is the $5 plastic shade from the builders.
I had upgraded to this shade, which I bought, and loved. In fact I still love it, it was just too small for the space. It is now in the main toilet, and looks great there I must add. :-)
And, so onto the drum shade. It fits in the space beautifully
And I love the linen texture.
I slept on this for a day or two trying to figure out what I was going to hang chrystal beads off. Then I remembered I had a perfectly good shade on a disgraceful brass touch lamp (that was broken - the base had come apart).
I dismantled the shade.
and attached the left over rings to my drum shade with wire.
The wire I decided looked ugly. I ended up buying 1 metre of chain and spray painted the rings and chain white. I then attached that to the drum shade. I ended up turning what would have been the top of the dismantled light, upside down. I don't have any pictures, but I strung my own beads with fishing wire and attached these to the centre ring.
I bought the beads from Spotlight (a crafting store) (for about $40) and asked assistance from the staff, on how to best string the beads, the were very helpful. But I am sure if you google stringing beads or jewelry making, you would find some helpful tutorials.
I'm not sure that I liked the look of my light fitting at this point, but I hadn't done anything that couldn't be removed. I wanted to do something similar to the outside ring, as per my inspiration light fitting, and have lots of chrystals dangling down. But it was going to cost me a small fortune to buy all the beads, and it would have been cheaper to buy the inspiration light fitting. Hmmmm
I could buy some necklaces. As it happened I walked into a charity shop today and found a necklace that had some beads, but not enough for what I wanted. For $7 I bought the necklace and decided I would just keep my eyes open for more beads.
In the meantime, I got thinking, because the necklace had chain links, then rather than restringing the beads, I could somehow attach the chain to my light. I draped the necklace over the outer ring, just to see how it would look...
... and that is where it stayed. I think it looks great.
Inspriation Light ($169)
My Original Version ($72) Which could be done cheaper if you had lots of costume jewelry floating around.