One of our favorite things to hack? Lighting. Good lighting is key to a beautiful home, but the fixtures we love can often be out of our budget. So we’ve rounded up a few ways you can DIY pendants, sconces, and more for a brighter, more finished look. Metallic paint, at the ready.
Adding legs to the Sinnerlig pendant lamp gives it a totally new purpose. The woven bamboo lamp shade shines as a decorative accent thanks to pops of pink wooden blocks adhered with just a bit a glue. Have someone help you rewire it to be plugged into a wall and voila! You have a new piece that feels a bit boho and Art Deco all in one.
The dainty lace-like look of the Skurr candle holder is almost begging to be made into a chandelier. This blogger created her very own by wiring a triple pendant cord through the metal holders for a one-of-a-kind fixture. When lit, the lace texture creates stunning patterns on the wall.
Another twist on the Maskros pendant, this version replaces the ends with crochet flowers—perfect for a kid’s room or even a fun guest suite. If you don’t have crochet flowers on hand, there are plenty of alternatives available at local craft stores.
Inspired by an icosahedron-shaped pendant by Henry Pilcher, this tutorial includes complete instructions for creating a chic knockoff for only $50, including the cost of an Ikea Foto pendant. And if you think this hack looks too complicated for amateurs, guess again—it’s little more than threading copper wire through a series of copper pipes.
One clever DIY-er turned an Ikea platter into this industrial pendant light. While the platter is no longer available through Ikea, they do offer a variety of affordable pendants – just swap the original shade for the platter of your choice. Tip: If you’re feeling especially creative, the Hemma series includes several cord options, like double and triple pendant cord sets.
If you’ve ever purchased a standard plug-in light at Ikea and wondered how to hang it from the ceiling, this hack is for you. Complete instructions walk you through the process, including a suggestion for transforming a bland Foto pendant light into this chic copper statement piece.
Another hack inspired by designer lighting, these sconces are an affordable take on the British Reading Wall Lamps by Shades of Light. In this case, the Arstid wall lamp does the trick. And while the original looks quite different from the finished version shown here, no worries: the tutorial will walk you through everything step by step.
This version is a more eclectic take on a Sputnik chandelier. And while the instructions are not in English, the step-by-step photos make everything perfectly clear. It turns out, this is little more than removing the spindles, painting the rods gold, and reattaching them randomly for a funkier display.
The Ottava has a lovely old-world feel, perfect for farmhouse-inspired designs. But if the basic aluminum finish doesn’t call your name, coat with two layers of metallic copper spray paint for an amazing upscale feel that’s still rustic-chic.
If you’ve ever priced a Sputnik chandelier, you know they can range from expensive to OMG! With this clever hack by Dwellings by DeVore, you can transform an $59.99 Maskros chandelier into this amazing fixture with gold accents. (Note: A larger version of Maskros is also available in 32 inches for even more drama.)
Would you believe this is actually the base of an accordion Frack bathroom mirror supporting that light? Use the clamp light of your choice, and you’ll have a modern sconce that’s sure to be a conversation piece.
This story was originally published October 3, 2016. It has been updated with new information.