a pretty cool life.: The look for less

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The look for less

I love the look of vintage schoolhouse light fixtures from the 1940s. When we redid the kitchen, I knew I had to have one.

Look at these beauties.

















Too bad they're all so expensive! Most are $150+, so not really in the budget. But how does a girl in love still manage to get one?
Why create one for herself, of course! Here's my fixture...
And here's how I recreated the look.
I found a glass ceiling fan shade at Home Depot. It cost about $40.
And a globe fixture like this for about $15.
photos from homedepot.com

I used the fitter (white base part) from the globe fixture and the ceiling fan shade. The two together look pretty close to the actual schoolhouse fixtures, and for 100 bucks less!

ps. Don't forget to check out Kimba's DIY day today!


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18 comments:

  1. Very creative for you to get what you wanted. I love the first light fixture you showed. We need new lighting in our kitchen.

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  2. great job mixing it up!~ Have you come up with a way to make the long one yet? I am interested if you do!

    Happy Summer!

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  3. What a very "cool" and clever idea!

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  4. Hi there! I love your idea for a great look for less. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday!

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  5. Great thinking! I love vintage as well and stalk the flea markets for these fixtures without any luck.

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  6. Very clever idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog - we are renting and the home was already painted those rich colors. I was in heaven! I love and frankly "have to have" color in my life!

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  7. Cheryl,
    I love that idea. I also love those schoolhouse fixtures, wouldn't mind having one myself.
    Blessings
    Lisa

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  8. What a great idea!! Lighting is so ridiculously expensive.

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  9. Dropping by via ASPTL. Love the light. It's like a marriage made in...um...the lighting department? It looks great and aren't you the clever one for thinking of it!

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  10. Well who can beat that! You created the look perfectly. Looks great.

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  11. Inspiring! I have to file this one away!

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  12. Oh, I love schoolhouse lights! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  13. What a great idea! I also love schoolhouse lighting and found my larger fixtures on ebay for killer prices.

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  14. Love the vintage lighting...very old school...literally!! When you get the chance, check out my new blog!

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  15. It looks amazing! Well done~great light.

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  16. Looks awesome! What a great idea and love your ceiling!

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  17. look at lowe's.
    they have them for 29 a piece. i bought two for my hall. i love them. look just like the first pic!

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