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Paint Stick Pendant Shade

Once again, I reveal my obsession with light and light fixtures because today’s idea is another one of these.

I once saw on the Nate Berkus show (I think) a way to construct a simple outdoor walkway light from paint stir sticks and a pipe/tube clamp. I always have a few paint sticks lying around so this idea has always been in the back of my mind.

Well, in studying pipe clamps a little closer, I became less fond of using one for this idea. So lately I’ve been trying to come up with a similar concept. I have seen in my research, that others have painted and attached paint sticks to basic lampshades and hang it as a pendent light. Or even deconstruct a chandelier in some fashion and attach paint sticks.

But, I wanted to do it a little differently and try to use something that wasn’t already intended to be a light fixture. Eventually, I found a paper-mâché box at hobby lobby that would make it easy to attach paint sticks. It was a simple solution. Below you’ll find some sketches that helped me figure out how I wanted to put this together and how I wanted to fashion it decoratively.

I really wanted to make it so that light would shine up, down, and out of small punctures or openings in the sides for maximum luminosity, but figuring out how to construct it in that way with only a limited number of ideas and resources was becoming frustrating. So for now I may simply settle for cutting a hole in the bottom of the box that is small enough to allow my plug in pendant cord through and allow the constructed shade to simply rest as the base of the bulb casing.

Basically, it’s simple, it uses the concept of the original idea, and inexpensive. I plan to construct it for this month’s project so be on the look-out for the project completion post!

Happy Tuesday!

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Wood,Glass, and Metal Console Table

Once upon a time I lived right down the street from a crappy flea market. Once upon a day I drove by and saw a discarded desk in good shape but in pieces, sitting in the parking lot all by its lonesome. Being a Good Samaritan of dilapidated furniture (or least that day I was), I decided to save the only piece in good enough shape to survive reuse, the desktop. So, Once upon an idea, I give you the first of my designs that is developed from re-using this desktop piece.

Brainstorm <—–click here to see the sketches

a quick 3D drawing to help myself visualize the idea better with color and dimension

I’ve been wanting some sort of thin console table from my bedroom. Something that could be a fashionable desk in a sense, but thinner and possibly serve as a vanity as well. Anyways, here are the sketches of my initial brainstorming, and a 3D view of my favorite design. In the top right corner of the sketch page is the approximate size and shape of the desktop. I would cut it length wise for an 18” tabletop and use what’s left for part of the base. Then add in some metal and glass for support and interest. The tabletop would then be painted black and plastered with magazine pictures of some of my favorite interiors, furniture pieces, light fixtures, and other interior design pictures I’ve collected over the years. I think it could make a very interesting piece that’s both modern and personalized. Almost eclectic in a way. That’s why I also did a 3D drawing on it too see how it might look more realistically.

I’m already having other ideas of how I could use this good piece of wood. I’m needing a pair of nightstands after all, so who knows what I’ll actually end up doing with it.

Have any stories of repurposing furniture, or pieces of it? Creative reuse of materials, old furniture, and other random things is one of my favorite aspects of design.

Keep cool readers, it’s hot out there!


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Bottles Light Fixture

This is one of my personal favorites. A random spark of genius even. If it has been done before I haven’t seen it.

Inspiration

Every idea has a story or source of inspiration behind it and I plan to share that with every idea, especially the original ones. This light fixture idea was inspired by the movie The Princess and the Frog, the recently released classically animated Disney Movie. There is a musical scene in Mama Odie’s tree house where she has hung millions of colored bottles from the branches. As the sun hits them, its paints the world in beautifully brilliant colors. And that’s when the idea hit me. How awesome would this be to recreate in a room as a light fixture?! Plus, I have sort of a fetish for colored and oddly shaped bottles, and glass.

The Sketch

My original design featured in a dining room.

Some construction ideas and notes based on my original idea.

With this idea floating in my head, I quickly sketched it out and even drew it into a room. Then, as I was preparing to share this today, I thought about a practical way to construct it and sketched that out as well. After all, I may want to make this someday and have it hang in my dining room or foyer. So there’s another little sketch featured that is close up and more detailed.

Construction

My first idea was to have the light bulbs rest inside the bottles. Its still an option but because bottles are not always very large, this would limit the size of the bulbs to little skinny ones that don’t give off much light. So instead I designed and ceiling mounted structure that would have 5 small recessed lights that were directed at the bottles, arranged in a circle to cover all sides. In theory this should 1. Create enough light to illuminate a dining area or foyer and 2. Should reflect the color of the bottles in all directions. That’s the theory anyways. The structure holding the lights would be made of metal and would be deep enough to hold the can lights and hide the wiring. It would also be what the bottles would hang from, making it all one simple fixture. The bottles would hang from a strong clear wire to give the appearance that the bottles are floating. I also think that hanging the bottles at different heights make it more interesting, as well as varying shapes and, of course, color.

Unfortunately, I do not foresee this idea becoming a reality anytime soon. Not unless I suddenly become friends with an electrician. Of course, I have a wonderful grandfather who could probably construct this. So maybe someday.

Thoughts? Recommendations for Improvement? Offers to build, with the artist (me) referenced as the designer and a cut of the profits?

On a serious note, this is in fact an original design by me. If you wish to use it in any way, shape, or form, please ask me first. If you have the capabilities of constructing it and would like to, I would love to work with you.

Thanks for reading!


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Book Page Flowers

Today I want to share an idea from a magazine that sort of spring boarded the whole idea for starting this blog. Let me give you a short clip of the story.

When I began thinking about starting a blog I could not decide on a focus. During my break one day from work, I went to the bookstore and picked up a special issue of the “Better Homes and Garden’s” magazine called “Do it Yourself.” After reading through the entire magazine, the idea for this blog came into being because it reminded me how much I enjoy crafts, interior design, and improving one’s interior space.

So for today’s idea, I’d like to share one of the projects featured in the magazine.

Book Page Flowers

from the "Do It Yourself"-Sumer 2011 magazine by "Better Homes and Gardens"

This is a simple way to make a unique and lasting flower bouquet. In general, take an old book, tear out the pages, die them with watercolor, fold, glue and add stems. Arrange in a vase and voila, a simple decoration that any bookworm would love. It would look especially clever in a home that had a library or book corner. You could also use different types of paper, like scrapbook paper. This little project has plenty of room for growth (no pun intended).

Has anyone ever tried something like this? Feel free to share your experience!