I’ve been Pinspired again. It all started when I saw this fantastic fixture.
Then, I saw this tutorial detailing how to make a similar design using cardstock, complete with a free pattern.
I loved the look, but didn’t know where I could add yet another home-made pendant. Light bulb! In the stairwell.
If you can get past Ben’s faux grumpy expression, the half built wall, holes in the ceiling and wall, and the awful 70’s carpet, you’ll notice hanging wiring for a light. Since this photo circa 2007, we’ve finished the half wall, filled the holes in the ceiling and wall, replaced the carpet and the light fixture. The problems? The fixture is a cheapo ‘boob’ light we had on hand, and it’s off centered. Technically, the light is centered on the entire wall, but I’d prefer for the light to be centered over the stairs.
If we keep the light centered on the entire wall, we can’t have anything that hangs down because tall people (unlike myself) would hit their heads. We still haven’t touched the kitchen, except installing a new faucet, but when we do, we’ll probably move that light fixture. Ben is still undecided, so I decided to use materials I had on hand to make a floral pendant shade for a visual of a centered light.
Using 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of white cardstock, I started by tracing the free pattern on my sheets.
Then, I painstakingly cut out each piece, starting with 60 individual pieces. Several hours and a hand cramp later, I got out my trusty glue gun to attach and assemble the design. First, I made several five point flowers.
Gluing and assembling went much quicker than cutting. Unfortunately, some of the glued pieces didn’t meet up perfectly, so the design is slightly lumpy. Perhaps it is better to use brads to allow wiggle room. Lesson learned.
If we move the wiring and we like the floral shade, I’ll make another, using brads.
For now, the lumpy place holder works as a lovely visual.
And, the paper templates are a good visual of an in the works gallery wall. Of course, we’ll fill in the area on the right, but I’m too short to reach. Right now, I’m trying to decide if I want to hang a picture (or a few) behind the light, or box around the temporary fixture with frames. We’re also debating how close to the ceiling we want to get and whether to wrap the gallery around to the wall on the right. Thoughts on the matter?
Now, the real question is how many gallery walls and DIY light fixtures belong in 2500 square feet? Including those shown today,three gallery walls (the others are here and here) and three home-made fixtures (here and here) so far.