Thrifty and Original Light Features

Whenever the time changes and it starts to get dark earlier in the evening, I start trying to add additional light to my home. I just love lights and the warmth they give off. They provide excellent ambiance during the holiday season and create a cozy and homey feeling.

This year, I have 2 light features I’m especially thrilled with. Both are created from secondhand items and they provide a unique look.

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Vintage metal birdcage with pendant light and antique-style light bulb.

This is a vintage metal birdcage that I’ve hung a decorative pendant light in. I chose one with a crystal-like shade because I wanted the light to reflect in all different directions, like a chandelier. Originally I wanted to use a small chandelier but I couldn’t find one that would fit inside nicely. I think I still achieved the same effect though. Although they are kind of pricey, I splurged and purchased one of the antique-style light bulbs from Lowes. I really love the way it turned out and how warm the light is.

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Vintage metal birdcage with pendant light and antique-style light bulb.

birdcage2The second light feature I recently made, was really simple. I found a wooden case of an old clock from the early 1900’s at the Goodwill. The clock pieces weren’t all there anymore, but the case itself and the woodwork was beautiful, so I had to get it!

DIY Old Clock Case Light Feature

Antique germanic clock case, turned upside to set on a mantel. Secondhand mason jar with bulb lights inside.

Look at the beautiful domed and beveled glass! They wanted $30 for this solid piece and I thought it was totally worth it. I added a secondhand mason jar that I got for .29 cents and put battery operated bulb lights inside (Big Lots). I love that you see the glowing jar centered through the antique domed glass. So pretty!

oldclocklight2Both of these projects were relatively simple but add so much character to my antique buffet and family room mantel. And best of all? They are the only ones of their kind. Mission accomplished!

 

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Favorite Finds

Although I haven’t posted much lately, I have many projects that I have completed and hope to write about them within the coming week. There are a couple of sewing tutorials off of Pinterest that I want to share my experiences with. And we are finally starting to tackle our master bedroom after almost seven years of living in this house! We found some real wood dressers for an incredible deal at the thrift store so i am hoping to post more as we make progress there.It is spring break this week and with my daughter home all day it has been a challenge! Last week she was really sick with croup (for the millionth time) so that took up most of my time.

But just to recap a little, I wanted to show you a couple of new additions to my family room, which continues to be a work in progress.

Birdcage FindI am going for more of a vintage look in there, so I was in search of a birdcage. Hobby lobby has some amazing ones, but even on sale they were more than I was hoping to pay. I was hoping to find one at a thrift store but no such luck. Then one day I went to Ross with my mom in search of something entirely different and came across a brass birdcage. I wish I had taken a picture first, but the color was not desirable at all. However, the structure was good and so was the price! 6.99. So I purchased it and spray painted it a flat dark brown color. I am super happy with it and I saved at least $20. It is the perfect size for the mantel.

DIY Repainted Birdcage

The dark brown flat paint made the birdcage look old and rusted.

Then yesterday, I found this lamp for $6 at the Salvation Army complete with nice shade that I may cover with fabric. Haven’t decided yet.

Thrift Store Lamp

Our previous lamp was far too modern looking. I also like how the white pops against the darker table.

Remember my side table scores for the living room. They replaced some folding tables from World Market that are about 9 years old and have been well used. Since they are already distressed from use, I decided to add a splash of color to one of them using the Vaseline and spray paint technique to antique it and found that with this addition they make a lovely Long table and the other two don’t look out of place with their scuffs and worn areas.

Repainted Folding Table

Loving the splash of color in the family room. It ties in nicely with the mantel.

I am a little obsessed with candle holders, and when I went to Arizona to visit family I came across the most charming little shop. It is located in downtown Casa Grande and is called “In a Pear Tree”. The lady who owns it is a friend of the family and she has several contributors that make the most adorable things and sell them in the store. She is actually living my dream. She goes to thrift stores, estate sales, and what not, and repaints or repurposes items to sell. I fell in love!

Pillar Candle Holders

I found a set of 5 pillar candle holders for only $19. They all vary in size and design. The white one in this picture is one of 5. I still have to paint the rest!

Just yesterday I found some at the Salvation army that are a bright kelly green color. I’m planning to repaint those as well. I have an idea of how to use them all and I’m hoping to share it with you soon.

And finally, I found this vintage-looking patterned sheet from the thrift store that I plan to use as fabric to make my daughter a bubble dress for summer. I will let you know how that goes!

Vintage Sheet

Only .99 cents for several yards of this! I might make myself something as well!

Thank you for bearing with me through this random post!