Tuesday, February 18, 2014

diy gold sunburst flush mount light...


First, thank you all so much, I was blown away by your warm welcome on Instagram!!
I'm still getting the hang of it, but can already see the appeal!

If you remember, on my 2014 To Do List was a spruce up of our entry including a diy
 ceiling light. This gold sunburst flush mount light was on my radar back then, but at $700
 I knew as close as it was getting to our entry would be in the form of inspiration!
I love trying to figure out a way to knock-off high end products for less,
 and am so happy with the update it gives our little entry.

FYI * If you are viewing this in email, the format of the photos in the tutorial is much better on 
my blog, just click the title Simple Details to get there.    

Gorgoeus $700 Inspiration... 


Goodbye lovely 'boob' light...


Hello $45 knock off...  
(Don't pay attention to my new walls :) full reveal coming soon!)


I used my favorite Martha Stewart Wales Mirror 30" x 30" ($35)
 and this Hampton Bay Flush Mount Ceiling Light ($10)
both available at Home Depot





1) Remove the mirror by using needle nose pliers to bend the four metal tabs away from the
 backing. The mirror easily pops out.

2) TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRICITY and remove your existing fixture by disconnecting the wires.  
3) The sunburst is very lightweight and was easily secured to the ceiling with four screws. I painted the heads gold with Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding I had on hand, but Rub 'n Buff would work, too. 

 
4) Sorry, I forgot to take a photo, but I spray painted the base of the Hampton Bay flush mount
 with Rustoleum Metallic Gold paint. 
5) Connect the new light per manufacturer's instructions, (black wire to black wire and white
 wire to white wire). At this point I turn the electricity on to check the wiring before completing
 the installation of the new fixture. To be safe I TURN THE ELECTRICITY OFF again.
 
6) There is about an inch of drywall showing between the inside edge of sunburst and the edge of the light when installed, I painted it gold before completing the final step of the installation, screwing in the mounting screws and attaching the globe.


The wall treatment is another high end knock-off I can't wait to share,
just a few more details and I can cross the entry makeover off my list! 



83 comments:

Joan Burd said...

Brilliant! in more ways than one!

Joan Burd said...

Brilliant! in more ways than one!

Julia Konya said...

I'm loving what I'm seeing. I have that mirror and this is totally genius. Such an awesome idea. Sharing everywhere!

Brandi said...

Pam, you are a genius! My daughter was on her way out to school and was looking over my shoulder and almost missed the bus because we were oohing and aahing so much!

Simply LKJ said...

Very clever. Looks fantastic.

Dana Frieling said...

It turned out amazing! I think you have a thing for DIYing lights. I'm still in love with your Urban Outfitters bathroom light makeover. Smart lady!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Beautiful! When I saw the "DIY" title I thought you were going to show me how to glue little sticks round a circle and paint it gold- and this is SOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!! It looks amazing! I love that you repurposed the mirror instead of trying to recreate something from scratch.

Andrea said...

You never cease to amaze me. This is AWESOME! I cannot wait to see the rest of your entry.

My Notting Hill said...

One word - Genius!! Love it!!!

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

Very cool Pam!! This one should get a lot of Pinning...

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

How fun (and brilliant!) is that?! Loving the whole black, white, and gold thing you've got going on in that room!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

um..... genius.

Julie R said...

Wow, Pam, this is genius and looks fantastic!! I am so impressed. I just love your style!

Annie {annelliott.blogspot.com} said...

This is AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!!! I think this might become our new dining room light - my favorite lighting so far has been $700, and I just can't stomach spending that much on a fixture. $70 is more up my alley for sure!! xo

Denise Greenwood said...

What an awesome knock-off!! It looks so good!! Love it, and I can't wait to hear about the walls :)

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

Genius! I love how this came out, Pam! What a great use for that sunburst. Such a high end look :)

Cathy Wall said...

Of course, a beyond clever and downright "cheap" knock off, brilliant Pam, just love it!!!!
And YAY! you are finally on instagram!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

You are amazing!!!!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

You are amazing!!!!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

FABULOUS Pam. What a creative solution to the boob light! I love love this. xo Nancy

Cheryl Thornton said...

HELLO - BEAUTIFUL!! I have a few boob lights in my home - this is a great idea!

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

Kerry@homecrushblog.com said...

Cool, cool, totally cool! You never cease to amaze!

chateau chic said...

This looks stunning in your entryway! A great Wowie when you enter! Fabulous idea!!
Mary Alice

Nan G said...

Perfect idea for spaces that deserve the wow factor but don't have the height!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

How do you keep knocking it out of the park?!? That looks fantastic! Can't WAIT to see more!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Well, aren't you the very clever one. I love it!

Amber said...

Brilliant!

Eris @ The Pink House Reno said...

How awesome is that?! Can't wait to see the walls!

Eris @ The Pink House Reno said...

How awesome is that?! Can't wait to see the walls!

Whitney, Senior Editor @ Home Depot said...

Awesome idea!! What a creative solution to the old boob light - it looks really great and high-end! We'll be pinning it to our Pinterest boards. You can check it out here: http://www.pinterest.com/homedepot/. Thanks for sharing! - Whitney, Senior Editor @ Home Depot

Vel Criste said...

GENIUS!!!!!! I love it Pam! perfect and oh-so- stellar!!!! Funny how you called that thing a boob light?! LOL! Might have to try this too on a small area in my house! thanks for the inspiration!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You go girl! Love how smart you are. Now, show us the walls.

Amy Krist said...

I love it! I'm on a camouflage-your-ugly-lighting kick right now and love this idea!! I have two boobie lights in my closet that I want to say bye bye to and will try this idea! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Amy

Leslie said...

Those boob lights are NOT attractive.. Wow Pam! Look what you did! It looks SO much better..love it!

Trisha Wray said...

Fantastic DIY...love it!!

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

WOW! This is great..I'm so stealing this!

Haley said...

looks great! I actually like yours better than the original.

Jen (House of Ruby Jean) said...

You are amazing, Pam! I love it!

Bethany DeVore said...

You're a genius! Another great makeover! I love trying to find knockoff solutions for high end products too. Can't wait to see those walls, I already love what I'm seeing!

Michele Baerns said...

Ingenious! The light is gorgeous! I'm heading to HD tomorrow!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Awesome! What a great knock off! And I cannot wait to see more of those walls!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Pam, you amaze me with every post! I am now living for those walls and dying over the light fixture. Excited to hear you're on Insta. I'm gonna follow you!!

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

Amazing what you can do, Pam! Both the walls and the fixture look fantastic. Your version is much more attractive than the inspiration pic. Husband and son must be blown away by your ideas!

therelishedroost said...

That s so fun, you are one thrifty and creative lady!!

Summer Hogan said...

Wow, I love this! So creative!

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

It looks stunning! You are so creative….and I love your wall treatment also!

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

So smart Pam! I love love love it! xo Kristin

Sarah Sarna said...

So impressed.

Mallory said...

you seriously amaze me, woman! There's not one thing you touch that doesn't turn to gold...figuratively & literally! Thank you for sharing your talent with us :)

Tracy Laverty said...

Hello design wizard! What an amazing idea-great job.

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

I already have some boobs...um...lights...now just need to buy the mirrors and turn them into beautiful boobs...um...starburst ceiling lights! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Emily A. Clark said...

This project is fantastic! Planning to share in my Saturday post tomorrow :)

Brenda said...

LOVE it.

Jennifer Lippi said...

What an ingenious idea. i have one of those Martha Stewart sunburst mirrors sitting in my garage. Now, if only I could get my "handyman" aka husband to help me!
xo
Jennifer@decoratingdelirium.com

Britters said...

Genius!!! I found your blog through Emily A Clark and am so glad she linked up to you!

Deme Crinion said...

Also visiting from Emily's site - this is so amazing!! I was just staring at my awful entry light and thinking about how to update it. Then THIS. So good! Those walls look fantastic too :)

sarah m. dorsey said...

Love this! Such a great idea!!

Miss Charming said...
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Miss Charming said...

Absolutely fabulous! It's so simple, but oh, so stylish!

Sarah @ Simply Sarah Style said...

Brilliant! This is incredible. What big impact!

Sandra Pace said...

I just discovered your blog, by way of Emily Clark... i'm a fan! I can't wait to replicate your star burst light. It's stunning!

Erin Sharp said...

Great idea, here from Emily's blog!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Oh my goodness, Pam! Amazing DIY!! I like your version better than the expensive one anyway! And those walls... cannot wait to see the full photo on that! You're on instagram?? I will follow along! :)

Amy said...

I know you're going for that ritzy/classy look, but this also fits the bill in my mid-century/junk-shop decor. I love it! I have a starburst clock that doesn't have the prettiest clock face, but I bet it would work in this project perfectly! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Andrea {lifelovelarson} said...

Absolutely love this! I have been eyeing that mirror for a while, and now I'm looking at it in a new way!

Krista @ Goodwill Glam said...

Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! Love it!

XO,
Krista
www.goodwillglam.com

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Brilliant!!!!!! Great job -- expect to see these pop up all over! ;)

Shannon Fox said...

Well HELLO. Aren't you brilliant.
Clearly I am waaaay behind and there are some fab spots I missed out on.
Off to peek around. Hope you are well!!! Shannon

SHERRY HART said...

One word...brilliant!

Lise Vintage Lighting said...

Wow! Love this lighting DIY Trifecta -- Simple, Stylish and Inexpensive. Will definitely be sharing with my lighting followers!

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

Hi Pam. Found this post via Janell @ HOF and just had to try it out in my hallway. I had 2 boring dome lights and now they look amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and idea! See my post today with photos of my happy hallway...
http://elegantnest.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-sunburst-light-inspiration-to.html

Erin Burke said...

This is way cool!!! Looks so good.

Nichole Thèrese said...

This is all sorts of awesome. Great job!

-Vanessa
www.nicholetheresedesign.com

anna said...

I am absolutely in love with what you did to your wall!

Jennifer Dennis said...

You totally inspired me to make my own version of this!!! I linked your blog to my site as well! Thanks for the idea!! traditional glamour.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

I love it, I love it, I love it!!! I wish I could do this for my craft room but I need more light. This would be sooo pretty.

Roxanne Stellmacher said...

This is seriously brilliant! I will be full out copying you. Thanks for the creative genius!

Object of Maya*ffection said...

This is GENIUS!!! LOVE IT!!!!

Ashley Griffith said...

Gorgeous! I'm so sad that I don't have access to that mirror here in Dallas :(
www.thestyledlifeblog.blogspot.com

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

This is pretty genius, Pam! Love it!! So excited to check in here again. Missed visiting. We are finally getting settled in Germany so I can start getting back on some kind of routine. I was excited to see that some of my favorite bloggin buddies joined forces to create the best of the nest party. awesome! hope to be joining the party someday....once i dig my way out of these boxes. ;) Hope all is well!

Donna said...

Oh, I love this so much! I've had that sunburst inspiration bookmarked for a while but never got around to it. This is brilliant! I'm sad though...can't find the mirror anywhere at a Home Depot in my state! :( Will keep a lookout for other sunburst mirrors that may give the same look, so I'm not giving up. LOVE this so much (and I hate my boob lights too - can't wait to get rid of them!! lol). Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

Barclay @ Gracious Home said...

Just saw your lovely DIY project on Pinterest! LOVING IT! Appreciate the tutorial because I have several "boob" lights myself that could and should be switched out!

Stevi Gibson said...

I would love to see the tutorial for the wallpaper! Very well done!

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