light installation

On Sunday, Brandon and I strolled through CB2–it’s sort of a habit of ours.  We peruse while we’re downtown, then head home (usually empty-handed).  This time, however, we gained a little inspiration and decided to give ourselves a new light for over our dining room table.  Due to an “accident” involving an Ikea paper lantern and a cat (ahem Ben) we had a sadly disproportionate small little globe as a place holder since the larger one got torn (or shall we say shredded).  Brandon and I have been lamenting our hap-hazardly thrown t0gether apartment, so we’re slowly trying to piece together more of our ideal place.  The light fixture, I must say, was our first step and we’re very excited with the results!  Here are some photos of the “installation” in progress…


It’s not 100% yet, but it’s almost there. A list of our materials:
• Ikea light socket that we already owned ($0)–it’s not the prettiest, but it will do for now
• Left over fishing line from various projects in college ($0)
• Picture frame hooks that we had laying around ($0)
• Nails also laying around ($0)
• Glass globes from CB2 (11 @ $1.95 each for a total of $23 and some change with tax)
• A prettier lightbulb than the CFL seen in the top right photo ($3 and some change)


A “new” dining room light for around $27? Yes please! It will end up being a little over $30 after we add a few more globes…I think we need about 3 more. When it’s daylight, you can’t see the fishing line and they globes look like floating bubbles (how appropriate, right? with the name of the blog and all…)


I must say, we’re quite impressed with how our little project turned out! It’s much better than the last light we had, and it makes it that much more special knowing we crafted it AND knowing that it’s semi-dynamic in that we can move the globes around if we want. Hooray for a little weekend DIY! Stay tuned for updates once I get more globes. We also have some furniture changes in the works, so look out for those as well (although they might be a little while…)


4 thoughts on “light installation

  1. I know what you guys mean, “lamenting our hap-hazardly thrown t0gether apartment.” Just the other week we started the process of replacing Wendy’s desk from college with a “built-in” Ikea hack… Great start guys!

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