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7.05.2023

easy tropical-style light cover

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the summer heat arrived here on June 30th,
so i've been busy completing some fun new EASY projects around our home
(which has a tropical, tiki vibe going on all year long!)
since these projects work perfectly well as 'summer' season decor content,
 i thought i'd share them here on the blog this month!
so... let's get tropical!

first up, a ridiculously EASY way to make a builder-grade light fixture
look a lot more fun for summer... in just two steps!

continue reading to see what i did!

Q
the overhead lighting in our house is standard builder-grade can lighting:

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and i hate it. 
they don't dim, the light takes FOREVER to reach optimum levels,
and the light in our entry' vestibule' always looks too yellow with the sand/tan painted walls. 
(this is the ONE case where yellow is NOT good, in my opinion.)
that said, we've never replaced a single interior light bulb
in the seven years we've lived here, so there's that eco-friendly bonus.

it is the least hospitable, welcoming 'entry hall' light source i can imagine.
so i figured out a way to make that weird yellow light work with our decor
and appear to be more purposeful than it really is...

i put a hat on it. 

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yeah, i did! i had a few of these palm leaf woven beach hats on hand
and decided to give this idea a try.
you've probably seen these hats with a folded-over 'brim' most of the time - 
i unfolded that so the hat would look a bit more like a round medallion shape on the ceiling.

then i made one simple alteration to it:

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i cut a big hole in the top of the hat!
basic scissors did the trick easily, and i made the hole smaller than the size of the can light.

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then i climbed up on a stepladder and used four clear plastic pushpins
to mount the beach hat 'light cover' onto the ceiling.

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in daylight, the hat looks beachy and tropical and fun.

when it's dark and i flip the light on, it's a warm, welcoming light
that bathes anyone in this small (8X8) space in warmth.
i also love how the woven details of the hat stand out with the light on...

all in all, i find this a much nicer look than the bare-bones fixture 'before'.
these hats run about $2.99 at stores like Party City (where i get mine)
so it's a fast, easy, VERY low-cost summer accent that is easily removed come fall.

this idea would also translate well to create a tropical / beachy lampshade - 
simply remove the regular lampshade and pop the woven hat onto the lamp's harp
(the metal loop that holds the lampshade on) without cutting a hole in it,
then replace the finial on top of the hat and the harp!

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thank you for featuring my project, Miss Donna!


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2 comments:

  1. Well now isn't this the most clever light cover idea on the cheap! Really love the boho vibe, Deb!

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    1. thank you so much, Miss Donna! and thank you for including my project in your link party feature!

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