DIY Orb Light

I teased you last week with talk of lights for my guest bedroom makeover. Well, I was able to finish it up this past weekend, so I thought I would share with you what I did. This is what I started with…4 recessed lights and 1 very unattractive ceiling light.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comI shared a post in March on some lighting styles that I was considering for this room to replace the center ceiling fixture (commonly referred to as a boob light). I did know that I wanted to get rid of the silver around the recessed lights but I wasn’t sure what I should do about the ceiling light.

While considering what to do with the ceiling light, I went about changing the recessed lights. I tried to find lights in white to switch out with the silver but finding the right size was really difficult and parts were expensive, so I decided to paint them. I just removed the silver ring and the silver cap that frames the bulb and sprayed them with 2 coats of white High Heat spray paint.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comI used this because the bulbs burn hot, plus our attic gets really warm in the summer and you can feel the heat come from the light openings. It’s not a glossy finish but it does blend in with my newly painted ceiling better.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comNow that the recessed lights were taken care of, it was time for the ceiling light to come down (the last one to go in this house…yay!). I looked at lots of different styles but all of the ones I really liked were expensive, so I decided to try to make my own. I had a rusty orb thingy (yes that is its technical name) that I bought last year for around $20.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comI thought I could try to make some kind of hanging light with it, like this one (which costs $169)…

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield


I wasn’t sure that I would get a three bulb piece in it like the inspiration but I could always just buy a hanging light kit and use a single bulb. I usually don’t have great luck thrifting, but on a trip to Goodwill one day I just happened to find this old brass hanging light and thought that it was worth the $4.99 price tag to see if we could get it to fit.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comWe took the light apart and carefully tried to fit it into the orb. I had my doubts but, wouldn’t you know, it fit! We took it back out, I cleaned it all up and spray painted it.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comI also threw a coat of spray paint on the old and discolored plastic candle sleeves.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comMr. C² drilled a hole in the orb so that the rod to the light could be attached.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comWe carefully tucked the light back into the orb and hung it up. It is perfect for the room, just the right scale and I love how it looks.

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield

I think that it will look great with my antique armoire and the wall planking. I could always knock of the rust and paint it but I’m really loving it as it is. Plus it only cost me a total of $24.99! 🙂

Let There Be Lights! | Chatfield Court.comI’ve had my fair share of trouble with projects lately but everything in this one just fell effortlessly into place. Have you ever done a project that just went right from the beginning? Have you ever made a light fixture out of random stuff before?

My little DIY light fixture got another makeover. See how it looks now.

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  1. Monday,July 21, 2014 / 10:25 am

    Wow, that looks amazing! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…


    • Kristi
      Monday,July 21, 2014 / 11:13 am

      Thanks so much Cindy and thanks for hosting such a great party!

  2. Monday,July 21, 2014 / 11:12 am

    Very, very creative and clever!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 21, 2014 / 11:13 am


    • Kristi
      Monday,July 21, 2014 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks Deb! It was just one of those projects that went right. 😉 I appreciate your visit.

  3. Monday,July 21, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    That looks great, you guys did a fantastic job!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 21, 2014 / 11:14 pm

      Thank you Christine!

  4. Kelly
    Monday,July 21, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    LOVE this.

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 21, 2014 / 11:15 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly!

  5. MaryJean Zajac
    Monday,July 21, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    All I can say is “WOW!” Really creative thinking. I would have never thought to do something like that. Can’t wait to see the rest of the room when it’s done!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 21, 2014 / 11:16 pm

      Thanks MJ! I really appreciate it. Let’s hope I can get the room done by winter. 😉

  6. Shirlee
    Tuesday,July 22, 2014 / 11:12 am

    Gotta love it when a project comes together without a hitch. I really like it and you have a fixture just like your inspiration but for way less plus it’s uniquely your own.
    The recessed lights look so much better painted white. Smart move painting those out.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 22, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks so much Shirlee. I don’t often have great luck when it comes to projects, but it’s always nice to have a good outcome. I think the recessed lights look better too. The silver was really distracting to me. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Tuesday,July 22, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love that light! I am one who ended up paying $$ for the real deal, but I think I like yours even better. So cool! Jane

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 22, 2014 / 6:23 pm

      Awww, thanks so much Jane. I would have paid $$ for that fixture too but my husband would have killed me. 😉 I’m glad that I got something similar to what I was wanting for this room. I appreciate your visit and your kind comment.

  8. Tuesday,July 22, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Great light remodel! It looks great and the price tag is even better. I want to do this above my stairs. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 22, 2014 / 11:12 pm

      Thanks so much Megan! It’s always great to do a project and save money, isn’t it? I appreciate your visit and comment. 🙂

  9. Tuesday,July 29, 2014 / 7:46 am

    I want to find me one of those cool orb things too! You did a wonderful job on this!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 29, 2014 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks Mary! Hope you can find one.

  10. Helen
    Wednesday,September 3, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    I love this light fixture make over! It’s just what I’d been looking for. I linked to your blog from Thrifty Décor Chick’s blog where I saw this. Now I’ve subscribed to your blog and am following you on Pinterest. You’ve got lots of great ideas!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 3, 2014 / 6:25 pm

      Hi Helen and welcome. So glad that you found me on Sarah’s blog and that you stopped by. Thanks so much for the follows…and the nice comment. It made my day! 🙂

  11. Sunday,September 7, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    The recessed lights fade away now that they match the ceiling color…..and I have to say I love your rusty thingy globe light! Really cool looking and very creatively frugal I might add. Thanks for sharing at Sunday’s Best!

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 8, 2014 / 12:05 am

      Thank you Cathy for hosting Sunday’s Best and for the compliment on my rusty thingy globe light. 😉

  12. Jena Roach
    Thursday,September 18, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    Love this project! Y’all did a great job. Have been considering doing something similar in our living room. Is that where y’all hung this? Was wondering if you thought it gave enough light/didn’t project too many shadows because of the rings of the orb? Thanks so much for your input!! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Friday,September 19, 2014 / 12:22 am

      Thanks Jena! The light is hung in one of my guest bedrooms and I am loving it. I think it gives off plenty of light and I have lower wattage bulbs in it because they were too bright. It does project some shadows on the ceiling but nothing crazy. Would love to see what you come up with. Good luck!

  13. Tuesday,August 4, 2015 / 9:44 am

    I love how this turned out!!! I’ve got two spheres I want to use as chandeliers, now I just need to find some old chandeliers I can take the lighting from. I love the bulbs you used on yours, love the modern look it gives your fixture. Thanks for the step by step guide, now I’m off to the thrift store!! 😉

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 5, 2015 / 12:18 am

      Yay, so glad that my project inspired you. I would love to see how your lights turn out. .

      I love those bulbs too. I tried traditional chandelier bulbs at first, but it’s just not my style.

      Thanks so much for stopping in today. 🙂

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