DIY Bathroom Lighting Fixture Makeover

2 Materials
4 Hours
I really wish I could renovate my bathroom, but being a renter, doing a complete gut job and rebuilding from scratch wasn't a possibility. The lighting, however, was definitely something that I could upgrade without changing out the existing lighting fixture. So I came up with a plan to change out the shades and to make my fixture more energy efficient.
The first thing I did was swap out the incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs - it's a a great way to give a space an updated look when you're renovating and it can save you money on your electrical bills.
To build the shades, I made rings with 4" wooden embroidery hoops that I covered with iron on wood veneer edging.
I used a grey wood tint and white wax as a finish.
I drilled holes in the top ring for the machine screws that secure the shades to the existing fixture.
I used a flexible chopping mat to form the shade and used double sided tape to seal the joint of the shade and secure the rings to the exterior of the shade.
Then I put in the machine screws and secured the shades to the existing lighting fixture using a screw driver!
I love the way this project turned out!
The video below shows in detail how to make these shades.

Suggested materials:

  • Embroidery hoops
  • Flexible chopping mat

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