Friday, February 16, 2018

Using a lamp shade as a light fixture

Hello there! This is a quick lighting change that makes it easy to customize the lighting in a room. I'm sharing how I adapted a drum shade to create the look of a flush mount light in our bathroom too! 

We have a recessed light above the tub in our bathroom, which is great. I always had plans to covert it using a light kit. Here's a night time view before I started:
Faux flush mount light over tub

First I used the converter kit -- it's a simple change! You screw it into the recessed light like a light bulb, and then there's a part that hangs down so you can hang a pendant fixture on it. (You buy those separately.) Here's a look at the converter kit I used:

Screw in recessed light converter

I actually used this years and years ago over our kitchen sink. It works great and you can adjust the length of the cord easily. 

I'm OBSESSED with some beautiful lamp shades at IKEA called Nymo -- every single time we go in I drool over them. They're the most beautiful colors and have such pretty detail. They have a really large size that I fell in love with for our master bathroom. 

I ended up getting a large black one for that room, and hung it using the converter kit. It was plenty high, but I did some checking on electrical code and found out it was going to hang a little low for the measurements required above a tub. 

We couldn't touch it (you want to make sure you can reach for it if you're falling) but I was still wanting it to be higher just in case. So I thunk and I thunk about how I could still use the fixture without that being an issue. And I came up with a plan! 

I used (affiliate) my pipe cutters (I use them more than you'd think -- they're great for cutting down drapery rods!) to cut off the round part in the middle off of the shade frame: 
Pipe cutter tool

Yes, that is a cat butt you see. 

He's always with me:
Converting lamp shade to flush mount

I was able to remove the center part:
Change lamp shade to flush mount light

I had a plan to use cup hooks in the ceiling to hang the shade but couldn't get my ladder under the shade just right to reach. So I traced the shade on some paper, then marked where the cup hooks needed to be: 
Hanging IKEA Nymo shade

I used painters tape to tape it to the ceiling (centered on the recessed light) and then marked where my cup hooks needed to go. I took it down and added my hooks where I marked.

I was able to hang the shade directly from the ceiling so it looks like a flush mount:
Large black lamp shade as flush mount

This way I'm using the recessed light and just hanging the shade around it, so no worries at all! I cut the wire mount out of the middle because I didn't want it in the way of the light bulb. 

I LOVE IT! Gah, aren't these shades so pretty?:
Large black drum shade flush mount

I ended up cutting the metal down a bit more because you could see them sticking out from underneath (although we're the only ones who will see that part): 
Convert drum shade into flush mount fixture

It gives us the look of a flush mount light without it hanging down over the tub. It's SO pretty at night especially!:
Black drum shade over tub

That gold inside just makes it! 

Because I still had the recessed light converter, I went ahead and added another shade (I already had it for my husband's office -- but he'll need a bigger one anyway) to our little hallway I showed you earlier this week:
Nymo Ikea lamp shades as hanging fixture

Goodness I just love these! Somebody please stop me from adding them all over my house. The price is great for the detail and size. So pretty! 

If you have a recessed light that is centered nicely in a spot, these are a great option to add a little detail and customization to your house too! 

Have any of you used these kits? Of course you can use anything as the pendant -- shades, baskets -- so many fun options! 

You can see how I used a lamp shade to make over our old ceiling fan here -- what a difference that made!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Art wall around the thermostat (and a hanging art hack)

I've had a lot of fun finding spots for our stuff in this house, especially art. Everything feels brand new in a different space! It's been fun to figure out what works where -- even though I've put way too many holes in the walls already. 

We have this small hallway off the kitchen that has our thermostat: 
Filling wall space around thermostat

That closet was absolutely packed with stuff for months after moving in -- you can see the clean, organized closet here

I had a mirror up on the wall above the thermostat but it never looked right. I knew eventually I'd do something more there. So today I did just that, and in the process I remembered a trick I wanted to show you again!

I've blogged about this somewhere in the last few years, but it's a great tip worth mentioning again. Hanging art or frames with two hooks is the bane of my existence. When I turn something over and see two I feel like shaking my fists to the sky -- nooooo!

I showed you my painter's tape trick for hanging larger pieces easily here. But for smaller ones like this there's an even easier tip. Especially when you realize the two hooks aren't even on the back...argh!!:
How to hang art with two uneven hooks

It's hard to tell here but the two hooks were different distances from the top. *shakes fists in air*'s how to deal with that. Just tie a string across the two:
easy hanging hack for frames with two hooks

If you're hanging more than one that needs to be at the same height, make sure your string is tied the same on each one. To make this easy I just tie it tight across the two, and then when you pull up the hooks will probably tilt in a bit like above. 

You may still have to make teeny tiny adjustments if you want them all exactly even (they're never totally even in this house), but it works great! These frames used to lean along the back of our son's built ins in his old room for years: 
hanging art around thermostat

I'm going to change the navy blue mats (which are just posterboard). I was going to change some of the photos too, but our son was SO tickled to see them down here I'm leaving them as is, at least for now. I'll eventually update with some more recent pics too. 

It's a sweet little spot! And I was happy to use what we had. It also works with the thermostat but doesn't get in the way:
gallery wall around thermostat

I was able to get them up really fast since I wasn't dealing with trying to make those uneven hooks work. 👍 

Try the string trick if you've got annoying frames with two hooks. The only issue might be that they move around more than those secured by two nails. You can use the little rubber pads for cabinets on the back if that bothers you! (I don't mess with that often.)

Any other good hanging tricks you want to share? Have you ever tried this little hack? Check out this post with more tips on hanging art here!