DIY Cottage Farmhouse Light Fixture Makeover

This is the ceiling light fixture that's hanging in our living room. It was here when we bought our home and I have always wanted to replace it with something more my style. Well last weekend I got a little creative and made a shade for it. Here is how it turned out.

I absolutely love it! 
I think that the new shade adds a cute cottage farmhouse touch to our living room. 

Now when I set out to make a shade to go over my light fixture, I was first thinking of creating an actual shade. I cut up some poster board and hot glued my fabric right onto the poster board (as seen in the picture above). Even though it looked great, Once I tried to attach the shade to the light fixture I soon realized that it just wasn't going to work.  I was having a hard time figuring out how to attach the new shade to the existing light fixture and besides that, when I tested out the light by switching on the light switch, I noticed right away how dark the shade was going to make the room feel. 
So I scratched that idea and thought even simpler!

I took my fabric and hot glued it right onto the light fixture itself and it worked perfectly!
Speaking of fabric, isn't this fabric great? It was actually an old shower curtain that had this cute ruffle on the trim and I just cut off the ruffle to use for my shade. But even though I happened to have this cute fabric on hand, I think that just a piece of white or cream muslin fabric would look great too! The fabric just needs to be thick enough so that the underneath light doesn't show through.

If you stand under my new shade and look up you can still see the original light fixture. but otherwise when looking at it from anywhere else in the room, it just looks like a really cute shade light.

And when I turn on the light, the new shade really doesn't make too much of a difference to the amount of light that shines through. It pretty much just looks the same as what we were use to with the original light fixture.

I'm sure that a lot of you have a light fixture similar to this one in your homes, and so I hope that I have inspired you to make a fabric shade for yours because it really is so simple. All you need is some fabric and a hot glue gun. I got both at Michaels

In fact, I have some other lights around our home that I think I will make shades for as well.
So what do you think?
Do you like this idea? Do you think you will try it out?
Let me know if you do.

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