We are taking a tiny break from organizing today to share a simple DIY project to update my porch. Since we have been renovating our home, I discovered how much lighting cost? Electrical plus design, a double whammy. But I didn’t want to spend a big chunk of my lightning budget on a light that would be spending its life out in the elements.
I’ve been looking for lovely lighting idea I could modify and I came across this pretty little thing at Cost Plus, for $149.
I loved the shape but mainly it was a light I could replicate. Especially because I recognized the sphere from a garden décor section at Home Goods and knew it could easily be made with a pendent light instead of a mini-chandelier.
garden sphere- $15 (on sale from $19)
Pendant Kit– $16.50
spray paint- I already owned but around $7 if purchased.
light bulb- $4.50
Don’t forget a helper.
With a large 1/2 or 3/8th of inch drill bit (depending on your light cord), drill a hole one of the thick bands of the orb. My husband tested the drill bit on a spare piece of metal we had laying around first.
Now time for paint! I could see this being a fun light in any color, in fact I originally got this color because I contemplated keeping it this color. In the end I decided to tone it down a bit because it was going on our front porch. The final color goes a little better with the house paint and other details of the house.
I used a combination of brown spray paint as the base and Oil Rubbed Bronzed spray paint to give the finished product some dimension. Have you notice that Metallic spray paint are pricier? I try to use mine sparely since I tend to spray paint everything.
I strung up the sphere to paint which made it super easy to get into all the crevices.
Once the paint was dry, it was as simple as threading the light through the sphere.
To me this really cost me less then $43 because I already had the spray paint so I am really counting this as a light for $31.50, a light bulb would be needed no matter what right?
No matter how big a stickler I am, it still makes a great addition to the front porch. Although I don’t really think I can call this a porch, an entry.
Much better then our throwback to the 70’s we had before, complete with the amber glass.
Or we can go way back to when we added the window and new to our little front porch. I am loving the transformation!