Light up My Life With Some Magic!

Kathrine Connery
by Kathrine Connery
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This light was just not in keeping with the transformation I've be making of my room so it had to have an injection of life and colour.
I took the shade down and using glass paints painted the sections in bright colourfull stripes.
There was a raised rim between each section which I painted silver using a metallic gilting pen.
I had some lace trim from an old tablecloth, which I spray painted a metallic silver. I had tried gold but it just looked dull.
I attached the lace around the edges with a glue gun. Then put some some decorative mirrors on the painted section.
I had some plain glass droplets that I had saved from an old chandelier light. These I dipped into the glass paints then hung out to dry before attaching to the rim of the lace. Nice line of washing!
I added more coloured glass drops on the lace using the trusty glue gun.
Amazing how colourful it is now. And much more in tune with the room it is. I can'tell wait to see it when it'suits really dark. It should look magical.
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  • Zanne Goldwire Zanne Goldwire on Jun 22, 2016
    The hot glue didn't melt from heat of the light bulb ? I would probably use that gorilla glue it dries clear

  • Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips on Jun 30, 2020

    Wow! I LOVE this!!! Did you see something that inspired you or did you just want a colorful fixture? Did you envision this from the beginning or did your idea morph as you went on? So creative and beautiful.

  • Jenniferzook83 Jenniferzook83 on Oct 17, 2021

    I absolutely loved this! It’s beautiful! Did the lace get weighted down after awhile and sag from things hanging on it or did the paint give enough stability to the light weight crystals or beads?

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  • Susan Snyder Susan Snyder on Aug 11, 2016
    SO Boho-chic! I love the amazing transformation! In the 1980s, when I was a 20-something living in the East Village (NYC), my entire tiny apartment looked like the portion of your room we can see in the pic. The very old building was a 6-story walk-up, my bathtub was in the middle of my kitchen, and each floor had it's own single lavatory which was shared (and cleaned) by all tenants. I often laugh when I try to picture today's 20-somethings leaving their apartment at 3am, trudging down the hallway to "go", only to find the bathroom occupied by Mr. Grimaldi from 6E! Lol! We were all broke, but creative, and became adept at making new things out of old, a skill I'm grateful to still possess. Thank you for sharing an amazing makeover and triggering a fun flashback!

    • Kathrine Connery Kathrine Connery on Aug 11, 2016
      Thank you for sharing your memories. It's true when making ends meet you delve deep into the creative energies. It aught to be a necessity for the young to experience some of the things we did. I'm even struggling to imagine the mayhem of only a call box on in the street instead of mobiles. Thanks again and keep creating.

  • Gwen Gwen 5 days ago

    OMG I just love what you did with scrap from others. I'm 83 now, but used to create beauty from junk!! Poor as a church mouse brings out the creative juices. Keep it up!!! It is beautiful.