DIY Drum Pendant “Cover Up” Light

You might remember I recently posted about the Be Bold Challenge I am participating in. Fast forward a few weeks and we have finally made it to my own BOLD challenge! This is a project I had been putting off because a.) I didn't think I would be able to create it on a low budget and b.) I was too lazy to figure out the details of how I would hang it.

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Graham and I live in a rental, so we're not allowed to change anything to the structure, including fixtures. Thankfully our landlord has good taste, so none of the fixtures bother me... except for one. The light that hangs over our dining room table has bothered me since we moved in a year ago. You can see it below in the "before" photo:

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Actually, the phrase "bothered me" doesn't quite do it justice. So, let's try this one more time... That light haunted me. It stared me down every day and every night KNOWING I wasn't allowed to replace it. It taunted me and mocked me. Like I said before, I was haunted by it. I thought for an entire year that I was just going to have to live with it and get over it. Well, I never got over it. Once Graham and I made the decision to sign another years lease, I made the decision then and there that I was going to figure out a solution to my arch nemesis. Dear builder basic light fixture, IT'S ON!

So now that I've got all that out of my system, I will move on to how I created my DIY "cover up" pendant. Since I wasn't allowed to take down the existing light, I had to figure out a way to cover up the existing light without altering anything.  I shopped for a few pre-made pendants, but they were all way too expensive and they wouldn't have hooked up to the existing fixture without messing it up in some form or fashion. Since a pre-made fixture wasn't an option, I moved on to making something with my own two hands.

Cost:
$25

Supplies:
1. 2 Embroidery Hoops (I found mine in the quilting isle and I think mine are 18 inch hoops)
2. Canvas Fabric
3. Cross Stitch Fabric
4. White Poster Board & Black Poster Board
5. Masking Tape
6. Hot Glue & Wood Glue
7. Black Fabric Ribbon
8. Clips
9. Elastic

How-To:
** You might want to review the photo below before you read the step by step!
1. Buy all of your supplies, making sure your 2 Embroidery hoops are similar in shape. Some aren't made perfectly and won't match up. I had to compare many hoops before I found 2 that matched in shape.
2. Determine the height of your pendant and cut your poster board to that height. I had to tape multiple pieces together in order to get a long enough piece to completely wrap around the hoop.
3. Take the inner hoop of your embroidery hoops - these will be what you use for the pendant structure. You can throw the outer hoop away or save them to use for another project. Use wood glue to glue the poster board to your first embroidery hoop. Make sure you have a TON of clips ready because as you glue, you will need to clip your poster to the hoop to prevent warping. Hot glue might work better for this step, so you might want to try that instead of wood glue. While your glue is still drying, repeat this process on the other side of the poster board and glue your other hoop to the poster board. After this step, you will now have the basic structure of the pendant ready to go.
4. Next you will cut your fabric to cover the poster. I gave myself an extra inch on the top and bottom so I have room to wrap the fabric into the center of the pendant and glue to the embroidery hoop. I used hot glue in this step and pulled the fabric really tight on the top and bottom of the pendant and glued as I went along.
5. Since I knew I was going to use black trim, I wanted the look to appear seamless. That meant I needed to paint the bottom of the embroidery hoop to make the look flow better into my black trim. Once the paint was dry, I glued my black trim along the top and bottom of the pendant.
6. Most people hang an open pendant (meaning a pendant without a bottom), but since I was covering up an existing fixture, I needed a semi-transparent bottom to hide the fixture. I used cross stitching fabric since it's transparent but also stiff enough to use for this purpose. I cut out a circle, placed it inside the shade and glued it to the inner edge of the embroidery hoop.
7. And last but not least, I had to find a way to actually hang the pendant. I came up with the idea to use 2 elastic pieces to stretch over the existing pendant. And guess what? It worked like a charm!!

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So now that you've seen the process, what do you think?? I'm still pretty excited that I actually figured out a way to hide my builder basic fixture! Rather than my old fixture taunting me every time I walked by, I now look at my new fixture with pride! It brings a smile to my face every time I see it! Here is the before and after:

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Doesn't it just change the look of the entire room?? Here are a few more photos of the finished product:

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And here is the fixture with the light actually turned on. I'm not sure if this would be a good project for an area that always leaves the light on since I used a paper material next to a potentially hot light. I'm sure it would be just fine, but I'm really not sure?? This room gets a good amount of light, so I don't always need the light turned on, so in my case, I'm not worried about anything catching on fire since I don't leave the light on for hours upon hours. AND the light fixture is still covered with it's decorative glass bulb AND since the pendant is so large, it sits many many inches away from my pendant. I've had my pendant hung for about 2 months and haven't had any issues. The light hasn't even gotten hot!

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I will admit, unfortunately I ran into a little problem once I turned on the light. My poster board seam showed once the light turned on. DUH. I should have thought of this in advance, but I think I was so excited about the fact that I was finally creating this shade, that I didn't even think about it. Don't worry though, I found the easiest, cheapest solution EVER.

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Yet again, another DUH moment! All I did was cut a black poster board to fit right inside the shade. For about $1 and a short trip to Michael's, I had fixed my problem!

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So what do you all think?? It's pretty crazy that I was able to accomplish such a classic look for just $25!! This one has to be one of my favorite DIY's yet!!

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59 Responses to "DIY Drum Pendant “Cover Up” Light"

  • Michelle
    February 18, 2014 - 10:03 am

    That turned out lovely! I don’t live in an apartment, but I can see how decorating would be difficult at times. Very well done. :)

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome
    February 18, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Your light came out fantastic! I love that it’s such a simple but elegant solution – I especially love the black accents!

    • The Blissful Bee
      February 18, 2014 - 12:01 pm

      Thanks so much Brynne:) I think the black accent is my favorite part too!!

  • Jodie @ Sypsie Designs
    February 18, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    This looks fabulous! I love that you created the shade yourself : ) We actually posted a very very similar idea today on our blog as a rental tip for renters who are stuck with old frosted glass bowl lighting fixtures. Too funny!

  • cassie
    February 18, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    wow- what a difference it makes! very classic and bold! :)

  • Chaney
    February 18, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Yay! It looks so good! I too have had to deal with “renter’s woes” like these in our little apartment. You came up with a great solution for yours! We’ve got a set of three ugly wall-mounted lights but, like you, can’t change them out. I ended up making a gallery wall around ours :).

    Love your new shade!

  • April Hoff
    February 18, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Love the new pendant, Amy! It ties in so nicely with the gallery wall behind your table! Gorgeous, as always! :)

  • Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body
    February 18, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Wow, Amy! I love this. Using cross stitch fabric on the bottom is totally genius. I have a few lights I may do this to :) So happy to be part of the Be Bold Challenge with you!

  • Carole @ Rustic Artistry
    February 18, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    What an improvement! Your shade came out great. I recently met Kiri, the owner of http://www.ilikethatlamp.com/. She sells kits to make drum shades in any size you need, and you use your own fabric over the supplied styrene, so heat from the bulb is not an issue. They are very reasonably priced so if any readers want to make a shade like yours but with fabric it’s worth checking out.

    • The Blissful Bee
      February 18, 2014 - 7:09 pm

      Wow this is awesome!! Thanks so much for including the link! I will have to FOR SURE keep this for later:):)

  • Summer
    February 18, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    That looks SO great Amy and it really does change the whole room! Very excited about the Be Bold Challenge!

  • Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG
    February 18, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Looks great! I have a few lights here at home that this would work for…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}
    February 18, 2014 - 10:14 pm

    How cool is this! I looked at official supplies for making a custom size lamp shade a while back and the cost was astronomical. This is awesome, and soooo much more affordable. Your shade looks very nice and I don’t like the old one either!

    • The Blissful Bee
      February 19, 2014 - 9:10 am

      Yes, it really can get SO expensive! Hope this helps you out in future projects!!

  • Krista @ the happy housie
    February 19, 2014 - 12:21 am

    Stunning Amy!! I love it!!! So crisp and classic and that bold touch on your ceiling makes a huge difference to the whole room!

    • The Blissful Bee
      February 19, 2014 - 9:10 am

      Thanks Krista! It really makes a huge difference! Well, to me at least haha

  • Carrie
    February 19, 2014 - 6:10 am

    This looks awesome! Love that you were able to get exactly what you want for so cheap. You would never know there is another light hiding under there!

    • The Blissful Bee
      February 19, 2014 - 9:09 am

      Thanks for asking me to join this challenge!! Not sure if I ever would have actually created this if you hadn’t asked me to participate:):)

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    February 19, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Looks gorgeous! Pinned

  • colette
    February 19, 2014 - 9:53 am

    This is seriously amazing! You are so creative. The finished product looks so professional! Awesome job!

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  • Andrea
    February 20, 2014 - 11:28 am

    It looks great and so expensive!

  • Laura @ The Turquoise Home
    February 21, 2014 - 1:57 am

    I LOVE this, Amy! I actually have been wanting to cover up a chandelier in my eat-in kitchen. I’ve been too lazy to try to figure out how to do it, so I THANK you for doing it for me. Although it’ll probably take me 6 months to get around to it, I’ll be sure to come back here when it’s time. :) Thanks, girl!

    • The Blissful Bee
      February 21, 2014 - 9:57 am

      Ohhh I’m glad this gave you some inspiration!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with:):)

  • Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    February 21, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    WOW! I had seen the pictures from your project before I read about how you did it, and I never would have guessed that you made the whole thing yourself! You are brilliant, Miss Amy! It looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

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  • nikki@nikkisnacs
    February 24, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    This is such a smart upgrade! It looks so good, and you made it look really simple to do. Your dining room is beautiful!

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  • Laura
    February 24, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    This is so brilliant! I am racking my brain for a place I could use this in my own house. I am new to your blog, but I am excited to look around. I can already tell I like your style. :)

    • The Blissful Bee
      February 25, 2014 - 9:04 am

      Thanks Laura! I’m so glad this was helpful! Welcome, and I hope you have a good time browsing around:):)

  • Emily
    February 25, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I love how it turned out!!

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  • Corinne
    March 3, 2014 - 12:04 am

    Amy,

    As a fellow renter, I too am haunted by dated builder fixtures! I love this idea and may be trying it out myself. I’ll send photos if so. Thanks for the fantastic post and great instructions!

    -Corinne
    http://lasalledesignblog.com/

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  • leelee
    March 4, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Such a great job! I’ve been trying to figure out how to hang one of those and never thought of elastic! Thanks so much for sharing and hello from Be Inspired!
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  • Kath
    March 4, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    Oh wow, that looks fabulous! Job well done.

  • Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    March 4, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    LOVE this!!! Pinned :)

    Thanks for sharing it at The Makers!

  • sarah dorsey
    March 5, 2014 - 8:58 am

    This is great!! Such a good solution!

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  • Emily
    March 12, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    What an improvement! So beautiful!

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  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres
    March 12, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Hi Amy. I found your post via Centsational Girl’s BOTB. Great shade. I tried to DIY a drum shade this week, but was much less successful. I think I’m going to have to give your technique a try. I’m most curious about your dining chairs, though. I’ve been looking for wicker parson’s chairs for awhile. Can you let me know your source, please?

  • SHANNON
    March 13, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Hi… love the light shade. Love the whole room. Do you happen to know the paint color names?

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    March 21, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    So creative and much better looking.

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