Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to Makeover a Bathroom For Under $75, Fixing Up a Light Fixture

The bathroom makeover concludes today with a little light fixture fix.
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There was nothing really wrong with the original light fixture in my daughter's bathroom, not too outdated yet.  But she loves mason jar light fixtures and I knew she would be thrilled to have one.  

I looked at a few tutorials like this one to help.  It is very easy to do! I started by tracing around the top of the globes that were on the fixture.
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Then I drilled a few holes in the lid--just enough to be able to get my scissors in there to cut.  
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I used just regular, household scissors--they cut easily.
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I put the lid and ring back on the light fixture and then screwed on the original ring.
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The jars I used are some that I accidentally bought for canning, 1 & 1/2 quart size (these did have applesauce in them that we have already eaten). I liked the size for this project.  I wanted them to have a tint to them so I used this Martha Stewart transparent glass paint purchased at Michaels.
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When the paint was dry, I screwed in the light bulbs and then the jars. 
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 I am not thrilled with the spiral, fluorescent light bulbs in them, but daughter likes them and I am not sure if the Edison bulbs will give off enough light for a bathroom.
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I could have painted the actual fixture to update it more, but the rest of the bathroom still has the brushed nickel so we are sticking with that for now.
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My daughter collects mason jars too, she loves to put sand in them from different places we visit.
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The paint cost $3 so the grand total for this bathroom is $62!  I do still need to buy her a couple new hand towels so that is how I will spend the extra $13 I have left--well maybe $7-8 on the towels and the rest on a latte for me.
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9 comments:

  1. This looks very cool Becky. We're trying to figure out unique lighting right now too for our paint studio but I want to avoid hard wiring if I can. I really like the mason jars, but whenever I see these, I worry about the fixture getting too hot because the bulb is completely enclosed glass. I always think the bottom should be cut out to make them safe but it doesn't seem like anyone does that. Do they not get super hot?

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    1. They don't get very hot with the fluorescent bulbs. Plus, I figure I have boiled these jars for canning so they can withstand some heat! I did see where someone had drilled extra holes in the outer part of the metal lid for venting. There are commercial versions of the mason jar light at home improvement places--it would be worth looking at those to see if they vent them at all.

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  2. It turned out great, so different from basic bathroom lights! And I also love the jar with sand in it.

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  3. Love it! I want to do this in my kitchen....sort of free hanging jars. I have been collecting old blue jars but with that paint, no need! I have outdated brass fixtures and would definitely paint them. What an inexpensive way to update a fixture. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I'm so glad I ran across this. I bought a cheap vanity light kit at Lowes, but didn't know how to get the jar on there!!! :) Did you glue the lid to the fixture?

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  5. The bathroom pictures that you have shared with the lighting is giving a very nice look to the bathroom, wonderful pictures of bathroom I like the designs and the colouring too.Sharing something for all about bathrooms as there are many innovative small bathroom makeovers sites with which we makeover our bathroom with creative bathroom ideas and bathroom design and get your bathroom looks wonderful.

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  6. You have combined creative design with originality.The lights are really very pretty.The are some more bathroom lighting ideas which you can exercise to get even better results.

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