Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to make a Shade for a Fluorescent Light Fixture


 fluorescent light fixture fabric shade

After all of the fretting over the laundry room light fixture, I decided that I just wasn't going to have enough light in there if I changed out the fluorescent light for a prettier chandelier or lantern. The deal was sealed when I was watching Vanderpump Rules. (I really don't want to admit that I've watched any of those but I am a Real Housewives fan so I thought I'd check it out ~ Don't judge) You never know where inspiration is going to come from.

 I have always thought that Sur Lounge was decorated beautifully and when I saw these beauties I thought maybe I could do a knock off version for a rectangular light. I have also always admired the casual chicness of the drum lights at Anthropogie so I thought I'd try it.

What you'll need:
I bought this at home Depot. It was around $8.00 for 10' and I bought 2 for a 48" light fixture.

These needle nose pliers also have a built in wire cutter but honestly I could have used a better wire cutter than this.

This was the paint I used which is great and really makes it look like metal!
I used a white linen for the fabric which I new would be sheer enough to let plenty of light through.

I used metal ez anchors and cup hooks. When you buy the cup hooks make sure the threads of the screws are the same size as the ez anchor.

Step one ~ Cut wire for desired design

I stripped down the wire for a more modern look but if you like the wire design as it comes you can skip this part. It took a while because the wire cutters that I used where not the best and some of the wire ended up breaking in the wrong spot because of it so for an easier job make sure you have good ones. (Note: Wire hangers are the same width so if you need to add any wire to this you can.)

                                                                Step 2 ~ Paint metal

Paint your cage (You can skip this step if you want to keep it white. I personally think the metal looks better.)

                                                                      Step 3 ~ Lay out cage and measure

 Lay out your design. The cage will end up being larger than the light because you do not want to break up the arch pattern. My light is 48" but the cage ended up being 72 an 1/4 ". Once you lay it out on the floor measure the length and width so you can mark your ceiling for hooks in the four corners.

Step 4 ~ Install Ceiling Hooks

Measure and hang your ceiling hooks. You will do this in four corners to hang the cage. I painted them the ceiling color after hanging.

Step 5 ~ Hang Cage
Bend the four corners to hang on the cup hooks.
Hang your cage. Measure the inside dimensions for your fabric. Add 1" to the width and length for seams.

                                                                        Step 5 ~ Cut and sew fabric

I left the raw edge of the fabric because I thought it looked great for this type of shade. Then I hemmed the top edge and sewed together the four sides of fabric.

                                                                          Step 6 ~ Hang Fabric
I hand sewed the fabric to the ceiling hooks. Make sure you pull the fabric tightly so there is no sagging.

 how to make a fabric shade

Fabric and metal shade to cover an ugly light fixture

I much better view! I spent $24.00 on this project buying the metal and the spray paint. I already had the fabric, ez anchors and cup hooks left over from a previous project. If you have to buy everything this should still be only around $50. Well worth the time and effort if you ask me. Now the laundry room is almost complete with just a few minor details so stay tuned for the final reveal.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Pantry Redo Before and After

Pantry organization before and after
Pantry before and after

 Anthropolgie inspired pantry makeover
As you might know, one of my resolutions this year was to organize my pantry. I thought I would go over with you from start to finish how I went about doing it in case you are thinking about doing this too.
At the start of a project, the first thing I do is take a look at the space that I'm working with and see what is working and what isn't. The most important thing in ANY room is that it functions. You might have seen my previous post, "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly", where I made a list of the things that needed to be addressed in the room. Let's see if I managed to do everything on my list....

Goals for the pantry

1. Containers for keeping "like" things together

Glass containers and labels from World Market
Candy jars from Target

2. better looking trash cans (mark one for recycle)

Recycle trash in the pantry ~ The Container Store Galvanized Bin $59.00

Regular trash under the sink ~ The Container Store pull out bin $49.00

3. use the door for storage too in some way

Anthropologie Silver Spoon Door hanger and Apron $ 44.00 total

4. maybe hang baskets from ceiling?
See blog post "DIY Pantry Hanger"

5. paint/ wallpaper or both

6. address ugly light fixture

 El Paso Import Co. industrial light fixture
El Paso Import Co. light fixture $120.00
 Looks like I managed to do everything on my list. My next step after making my list of things that needed to be addressed, was to find inspiration. By looking at pictures and googling items that I had in mind, I was able to come up with an inspiration board which you might have seen on the blog post, "Pantry Inspirations".
Pantry inspiration board, ideas for pantry organizing
You can see that I used some things exactly as they are shown and other things are just an idea of what I ended up doing such as the EAT letters became a DIY Market sign, the step stool ended up being a re purposed kid's bench and the light fixture changed when I found that great fixture from El Paso Import Co.

See blog post "DIY Market Sign" to make this for yourself

The Budget, as always was next to nothing. I wanted to stay under $300. Let's see how I did...
Light fixture $ 120.
Trash bins $ 108.
Glass, plastic and other containers and labels $150.
Bushel baskets $24
Paint $15 (I used what I had except for the yellow enamel)
Anthro Apron $24.
Anthro Hook $ 20.
Hand made sign and ceiling hooks $20.

Total $ 482.00. Ooops. There is a lesson here. Take your budget and almost double it ~ this always happens.:( Of course I don't really count the Anthro stuff because I used my Christmas gift certificate and the light fixture was my Valentines' Day present. Yes, my husband knows me well.

The next step is to get rid of old out of date items or things that you don't need. Basically, clean it all out. Once everything is out of the pantry, you can paint. I chose white walls to keep it light and bright because I knew that changing the light fixture was going to make it a little darker. I painted the bottom shelves that are deeper the same dark grey as my kitchen cabinets (Sherwin Williams Black Fox) and the upper shelves are my kitchen wall color in an enamel paint. (Sherwin Williams Mannered Gold) I decided to paint the ceiling a turquoise, just because I can. :) Small areas like this are a great place to just go for it.

After the paint dried and I started to put everything back, I tried to keep all of the "like" things together: baking, breads, pastas and rice, canned goods,etc.

Once I did this, I knew how many canisters and baskets I needed. I know I have a lot of chips and snacks. (Don't judge.) Dr. Oz would not approve but that's another blog...By the way, when I was checking out other pantries, I think they are hiding some stuff because there was a shocking absence of processed foods!

When planning out where everything was going to go, I actually did move some things out of the pantry, mostly the healthier stuff like fruits and veggies where they are easier to Dr. Oz is proud!

Fruit is great to display and easy for the kids to grab.

You have to always have the fixin's on hand for guacamole in Texas, just sayin'.

Oils and sauces by the cook top make them handy.

This cabinet came from El Paso Import Co. I thought that it would be great for storing spices close to the cook top.

Pantry ideas for organizing
So this is it, a month in the making. My mother told me that this was very OCD of me to do this and that maybe next I should color coordinate the inside of my refrigerator, but mock all you want... I know that some of you out there "GET" me. Besides, whether you're redoing a pantry or a kitchen or a bedroom, the steps are always the same. If you are unhappy with a space in your house and you have the time and money, make it yours. Life is too short to have boring unattractive rooms even if the door is almost always closed.

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