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Part 2: My Parents Room Makeover – DIY Ceiling Light Tutorial

I am excited to share this with you all today. I came across this project on pinterest about a year ago ( **I am not claiming this to be my original idea), but it did “pinspire” me.

 I found 2 different sites that did their own spin on this project here.

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I have been wanting to do this project for some time now, but when I found it I realized it wouldn’t work in my apartment at the time. My apartment came with amazing fixtures already, and I didn’t want to mess with them.

In case you didn’t know….

I have been working on making over my parents bedroom since November 2013. It all started with their striped accent wall tutorial, and then I moved on to a goodwill-find circular mirror tutorial.

I must first say that my mom is an avid reader. She loves going downstairs to read after a long day at work to un-wind. So I thought, she needed a reading corner in the room so she doesn’t have to store all of her books etc right next to her bed. Part of their makeover is eliminating clutter. I am doing my best to get lessen their hoarding (still a work in progress). THEY HAVE SO MUCH STUFF! But I must say after my move last weekend… the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. LOL. #truestory I need to de-hoard as well.

Ahem…On to the project I wanted to show you all! I wanted give my mom ceiling light aka pendant lamp of some sort to free up some ground space. Since we are on a budget, the thought dawned on my to pursue THIS project that I have wanted to do forever!

This lovely coffee filter ruffled pendant lamp ceiling light.

I should tell you all now, this project will take up an entire day. I used a total of 800 coffee filters on this one lamp alone, and could have easily used more. I am not kidding. So if you want to pursue this project, know that going into it. It worked out great for me because I just watched a marathon of Pawn Stars while folding and hot gluing.

Here the finished product.

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Doesn’t it look cute? It is also hooked up to a dimmer so she can change how much light the lamp emits. Pretty darn cool.

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If you are curious about the story behind the art on the walls…On the left is a piece that I did upon my mothers request. I did one similar to this that hangs in the Nicholas County Library in Carlisle, KY where my Aunt is the Librarian. On the right… is a piece my Grandfather did and he passed away in 2009. I know how special this piece is to my mom because her father painted it. It was a must to include in her corner.

Now on to the Tutorial. The supplies you will need.

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  1. 1 Paper Lantern (I bought mine from Ikea, but you can also find them here)
  2. Coffee Filters(Just over buy) I think in one of the other posts I read, the girl used 1200!!
  3. 1 cord with light socket and plug (bought at ikea)
  4. Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

When shopping for this project, it cost me next to nothing.

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How to fold each coffee filter, before gluing to the lantern.

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See the progress…

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I chose to use an LED bulb because they tend to run cooler and not heat up like a normal bulb.

You will then secure the bulb and cord in the lantern.

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And then HANG  where you wish.

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I hope you all enjoy this project!! What do you think? Please Comment, Pin, and Share! I would love to hear some feedback.

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