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The Modern 80’s

Hello, 80's!

There are several things I didn’t like about my dining room light. The bright gold chain and details, the tinted glass panels and the burnt orange glow it cast on everything. I knew I wanted to change it, but because I’m still playing with my options, I didn’t want to spend money. Well, if I know anything, it’s how to make something look good/neat/unique/fun/interesting without spending much dough.

First, I gathered my supplies; spray glue, the glass panels, scissors and various fabrics.


Next I sprayed the glue onto one side of the glass panel and then plopped the glass on a piece of fabric. I experimented a bit and discovered that with thinner fabrics (cotton, polyester blends, lycra or spandex blends) it doesn’t matter if you use the front or the back of fabric, which made things easier for me because I kept forgetting what direction I wanted the glass facing.

After I smoothed out the wrinkles and let the glue dry about 4 minutes, I trimmed the fabric around the sides.

Trimmy Trim trim

Next I got SUPER high-tech and used a fat nail to punch a hole where the glass hooks to the chandelier.

Nailed It!

Once I had finished glueing, cutting and punching, I hung the glass up with the fabric part on the inside and the glass on the outside. I liked the idea of looking through the tinted glass to see the fabric because it gave a similar tint to material that (in some cases) didn’t have anything in common and would typically clash.

VOILA! A brand new light was born!


I like it.



About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

2 responses »

  1. You are woman after my own heart. The light fixture is the bee’s knees. Wild and wonderful. Turning Cinderella ugly light fixtures into something ready for the ball is so much fun. I have never paid more than $2. for a light fixture or a lamp, and they look like I hauled them home from France. I call it humble elegance. Virginia

    • “Humble Elegance,” I like that. If you can install old light fixtures without the instructions and the prepackaged screws then I don’t see the use in buying them brand new either.


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