It’s been a little while since we’ve shared a big project but that’s all about to change! Our second bedroom has been nearly complete for some time now (you can check it out here) but the original light was still up from when we moved in – and it really didn’t go! We’d been looking for a new light but couldn’t find anything we liked, so inspired by the left over decorative sticks from our Sun Mirror we decided to DIY our own!
The cost for this DIY was minimal – we already had an old lamp shade, the sticks to cover it and our ever faithful glue gun and spray paint. All we had to buy was a new pendant to hang the light from which only set us back £4.
To begin with we measured the height of the shade so we knew how long our lengths needed to be.
Our shade was 20cm tall so we cut our sticks into 3 lengths of 22cm, 23cm and 24cm. We then used stuck them to the shade using our glue gun and arranged them in groups of 5 (22cm,23cm,24cm,23cm,22cm).
We worked our way all around the shade, and thankfully had just enough sticks without having to drive a 30 mile round trip to buy more! Sadly, during the process of gluing I managed to burn my thumb – no project is without it’s sacrifices right?!
Once the glue was set we took the shade into the garden and gave it 3 coats of spray paint – this time we went for gold rather than silver.
We left the paint to try while Simon wired in a new pendant and then just hung it as you usually would – the sticks are completely hollow so the lamp isn’t particularly heavy. This is how it turned out, I am so pleased with how it completes the room!