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Thursday, June 17, 2010

LeT ThErE Be A LiGhT!

I have been diligently working on a "junk marriage" of sorts for our kitchen.  We have had an old vintage light fixture above our sink which use to have a schoolhouse-style globe on it.  However, the light wasn't, shall i say, very illuminating.   

First, I removed the globe hoping to find a clear alternative but due to the age of the fixture there wasn't any to be found with the right neck-size opening.  Then  I removed the 20 MeeLLION layers of paint with my trusted friend, Multi-Strip, to reveal a beautiful patina of metal...possibly brass mixed with some other silver metals.  

Here's the before and after in the pre-shade state:


We lived with the fixture stripped and globe-bare for many months UNTIL I had a "light bulb" moment.   I purchased a lot of 3 vintage metal light fixture shades last year off ebay that were horribly coated with latex paint and chipping, no actually they were shedding they were so bad.   I again took my trusted friend, Multi-Strip and behold they too were beautiful underneath all that ugliness.  Now, the next step was to figure out how to connect the two parts together.  Enter another fav: JB Weld to the rescue!

Here's a test run for alignment.
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I then took the part of the electrical light socket that screws on and JB Welded it to the shade as seen in photo.  This way the shade would be secure and easily removed for any possible electrical work in the future.  Once the weld was cured (allow at least 15 hours) it was ready to hang.  (Mr.1829 helped with this part - remember to ALWAYS turn off power to the outlet.)

Here it is in all its loverly, vintage, industrial, patina'd goodness:


Total cost: $5 (for shade-everything else I had on hand)

What do you think of this repurpose, re-use and marriage of a vintage fixture and shade?

 
For me it is a perfect match of industrial, farmhouse & thrifty goodness!

49 comments:

  1. LOVE it...looks amazing!!!! :)

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  2. I love it. It fits right in. It's always great when something works out in these old houses,lol. You should join my party... Lezlee

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  3. I love it! It looks like something out of Anthropologie. Amazing makeover....trash to treasure at its best. Did I say I love it already? Lisa!

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  4. Um. That is amazing. I love it! I can't wait to see more of your kitchen!

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  5. I would never have guessed it was a marriage. Such a perfect look! You done good! ~Mindy

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  6. I like your light fixture---A LOT! Great job!

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  7. I think it looks great- works well in your kitchen!
    I like it.

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  8. Judi, this is just fabulous looking...I am impressed! I would never have thought to do something like this! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  9. I love your light fixture! You did a great job -- and a wonderful tutorial!

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  10. I'm coveting! This is so totally cool and totally unique~well done!

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  11. It's Amazing! I would love to see more of your kitchen. Glimpses of the sign and the light intrique me to see more...we want more :)

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  12. judi- that looks awesome! i love love love it and couldn't love it more! :)

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  13. Looks great Judi! Love the up close shots! :)

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  14. It looks like they were made for each other - can't even tell a difference!

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  15. I am FLOORED. This combination is a junker's dream! And it looks so price efficient to create. Thanks so much for this! It could be the very answer I've been looking for in my own kitchen! x3. I'll let you know if what I have in mind works out because it was inspired by you.

    Donna

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  16. You're about to get a bazillion new hits and likely followers. I've just featured you on the SNS sidebar for the weekend. Put on the coffee!! :D

    Donna

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  17. Oh, I lov ehow it turned out! And what a clever title. :) Great minds think alike.

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  18. Well I love it! I would not had know they didn't belong together all along. I am searching for something industrial to turn two pot lights into pendants in my kitchen. I'm sure you could whip something together huh?? ;)

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  19. Ah, wedded light bliss. Wonderful job!

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  20. That's gorgeous! I absolutely love that style of light. I need one.
    Kristine
    xx

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  21. I love the light fixture and what a creative way to marry these different pieces. Love it!

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  22. Looks FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sarah
    Handbagsnpigtails.blogspot.com

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  23. Awesome job on the light fixture! I am now a follower of your blog...I'm headed on to check more of it out!

    Have a great evening...
    Andrea

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  24. You are right! It is a perfect match! Great project, Judi!!

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  25. I absolutely LOVE this! You are so talented and it's neat how you can not only see the potential in something, but use what's on hand to create it! Beautiful job!

    Michele
    XOXO

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  26. The light looks great judi! I have never used multi-strip. Maybe I will have to look for that.
    Just stopped by to let you know that I will be featuring your blog on my Featured Followers Friday this week.
    gail

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  27. I L-O-V-E the light fixture!
    Great Job!
    I found you thru My Repurposed Life..Im a new follower

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  28. Judi~ congrats on being featured on the My Repurposed Life blog!

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  29. I love the end result!! Gorgeous.

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  30. That is one stinkin' cute light fixture! :-)

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  31. I love your light, so cool!!!

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  32. Judi Judi Judi!You are not only clever but famous to boot or light!
    smiles, alice

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  33. Incredible marriage of those two pieces. It looks amazing!

    I found you through Junkologie. Pleased to meet you and join your following. Stop on by my place if you have a chance. Cheers!

    Jenn

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  34. love the marriage! thanks for leaving me a comment. so appreciated.

    hugs,

    shelley

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  35. I love the light fixture now! Great job. I just stumbled upon your blog and decided I HAD to follow--and it looks like I'm your 100th! Congrats!

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  36. If I keep finding awesome blogs like this, I'll never get anything done!!! Such great looks, etc.

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  37. Glad to see you at the party/challenge!! I heart your light!!!

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  38. that is junkilicious! Love love love it...the darker patina just makes it too!

    http://northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  39. I'm so glad you posted this. It is me for so many reasons. I WANT one so very badly. :)

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  40. I found your blog through Funky Junk, and had to sign up immediately!!!I absoulutely LOVE this light fixture!! We have a 110+ year old farmhouse that has been in my husbands family since day one. We are in the process of remodeling now that the kids are bigger, and it is daunting. I look forward to watching what you post and finding inspiration though your thoughts and ideas!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  41. I love love how that light turned out! Your ceiling is amazing!! Did you do that yourself? I have been thinking of doing mine like that. I would love to hear more about it. I am a new follower and I love your blog!

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  42. Wicked fabulous! You done good girl!

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  43. Great repurpose! I also love your ceiling. Thats what I want to do in our kitchen. Found you at SNS.
    8>)

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  44. Awesome!!! I'm pinning this one!

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  45. This is awesome. So many old, crusty looking light fixtures are thrown away which could be made into wonderful, amazing light fixtures. Love that you showed how to strip the old paint. Definitely pinning for future reference!

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