To all of you that guessed what I would be doing this weekend, you were RIGHT!! “Painting the inside” and “lighting something” is exactly what I did!! I took a large pillar candle holder, and turned it into our hallway light fixture!! I’m so excited!!
A little back story….We moved in to this house seven years ago, and since the day we moved in, the hallway light has been naked!(um..embarassing!!) It made me crazy every time I turned it on, but alas, when I turned off the naked little bulb, I quickly forgot about it. In the last month, my friend, Rebecca, ( of belle & beanzer
) had told me she has been looking for a perfect light fixture for her Entry, so I have been a pinning fool trying to find something that might fit her space,( see boards here
) seeing all of the DIY choices, totally inspired me. THEN, I went into Home Goods, and spotted the coolest Pillar Candle holder, my immediate thought was” this would be amazing in
our hall, as a light!!!” (I felt like it was too small for Rebecca’s Entry. I won’t bore you with the details of how I didn’t buy it then, and ended up a week later driving to every Home Goods Store just to find the exact one!!) So here it is, the process, the sanding, the setbacks, the drilling and the finished product!! along with some horrible videos!!
Here is where I started..A naked light, and a large pillar candle holder..
My first task was to cut a hole in the bottom of the candle holder, which would eventually be the top of my light fixture, here is where my first set back happened..G didn’t have a hole saw, so we tried to do it with his dremmel tool, terrible!! so with in the very first 1/2 hour, I had to run to Home Depot JUST to get the hole saw for G’s drill, I was NOT happy..I just wanted to PAINT already!
I am so excited to get started 🙂 can you tell?? below, I had to mark the bottom of the Candle holder, so I knew where I was going to cut the hole.
Here is Grant, ever so sweetly trying his dremmel tool after saying, “This isn’t going to work, we need a hole saw” and I said..pllleeeaasee lets just try it”..it didn’t work..insert first trip to Home Depot here..Grrr..
I didn’t get any pictures because I was still annoyed, but I did go to Home Depot, I did get the hole saw, and it did work beautifully!
We ( when I say, “we” I mean my husband, all I did was drill holes) fabricated a bracket to hold the fixture to the ceiling..there I am drilling the holes 🙂 I felt so
I was so excited when I finally got to paint!! I wanted something super bright so when the light turned on it would shine brightly! I chose a Rustoleum high gloss Canary Yellow spray paint, and it worked beautifully, that is, until I pulled off all of the outside painters tape..
Just an FYI about this video, other than how completely awkward I am, Liam, is by Grants tool bench in front of me, and as I am talking, he pulls open a drawer and pulls out an exacto knife with the blade up..so you can hear me say very calmly, “he has a Knife” and also at the very end I ask Grant what he is doing..hahaa I’m so lame. Oh and one other side note: my name, of course, is Kim, but G calls me “Dote” which is short for “Doty” which is my maiden name, he is the only person who calls me that and I love it, he even has “Dote Forever” engraved on his wedding ring..awwwww
SO here is the inside taped so I can get to work, spraying the outside, it was super humid in New York Sunday, so it took forever for this paint to dry..but when it did, I was sooo happy!!!
Side note about THIS video, Yes, that is a pirate ship AND a big shark drawn right on our front porch with sidewalk chalk. Grant and Liam worked on that this past week 🙂
We added the new lighting kit, and the bracket to hold the piece, next, I cleaned that GROSS ceiling,
Finally, we got this baby up!! I WAS SO EXCITED with how it turned out!! I cant believe the beautiful design that shines as a shadow against the Bright Yellow Interior!! the best part…it was CHEAP!!!
Candle Holder…………… $15.99
Spray Paint-Yellow…. $3.95
Spray Paint-white…….Had already
Hole Saw-Home D…. $12.95
Lighting kit- Home D.$2.95
Not to mention the satisfaction of doing it ourselves!! I am inspired!! I want to do MORE!!!
I LOVE the yellow glow that shines from it!
Enjoy your Monday!!