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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Stir sticks - not just for paint anymore, DIY pendant light




Take an old thrift store lampshade and a million paint stir sticks

And make a new pendant light(Still needs a coat of stain and new electrical. The shade is just resting on the half wall to give me an idea of how it will look when it's in place. The chain is giving the illusion that it's hanging. )


Okay it was more like 42 stir sticks but who's counting? Probably the paint desk people. When I asked if they sold them in bulk, they answered, "No, take as many as you want." I told them I needed a lot and they said, "Go on, go ahead, take a bunch."

So I grabbed a bunch, pretended I didn't notice they were looking at me funny and ran out. I did this a few times, always asking, until I had the amount I needed. Sometimes I tried to be a little more nonchalant about it by saying "Oh, how did 12 paint sticks end up in my cart?? Crazy kids, ha ha ha." during checkout. When in doubt, blame the 5 year-old.

I'm sure there is a picture of me behind the desk warning the clerks of the crazy lady with a stir stick fetish. No fetish, just an idea I had to see through.
(But if you've ever worked retail there are those pictures behind the desk of serial returners, bad check writers, irate customers and other types...)

Anyway, I have had this idea on my mind since I saw something like it on HGTV about 3 or 4 years ago. And when I found this huge lampshade, I knew what I wanted to do with it. Then I made a mistake by dismantling it and couldn't put it back together correctly even after several attempts.

So, I found another shade ($2.00) which was smaller but left it intact and just hot glued the stir sticks to the outside, adjusting each one in order for the sticks to go around as straight as possible. If you don't allow a little space between each, the sticks will begin to slant and you won't have an even edge.



After I give it a coat of stain (since the stir sticks are made out of wood) and prime and paint the underside so the logo doesn't show, she will be ready to put into place. Again, for the picture, it is just resting on the half wall to give an idea of how it might look when hung in place. I am using the existing light fixture in the entrance so it will need to be replaced as well (see 1st picture) and then I can finally see how this will all turn out and you'll be the next to know. So check back soon. Hopefully it'll be up later this week.

Update...


**And now it's finished and is in place. You can see it here.




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42 comments:

AntiqueChase said...

Very very unique and it turned out great. Love it

Richard Cottrell said...

I love your lamp shade project. I have a drawer full of those stur sticks and often thought there should be a good thing to do with them. I use them to mark what is planted in my garden. BEETS! Thanks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic house.

Nonna Beach said...

That is awesome ! I have 2 horrible lampshades I keep wanting to replace but it kills me to spend $$$ for new ones, they are so pricey. Guess all I need now is a 5 year old to make a few trips with me to LOWE's and HOME DEPOT...Thanks !!!

Laura Lynn said...

Haha! Oh, I tried the ones at Lowe's and a few other places but they are not made as well as HD's. So you may want to just stick to the big Orange store!

Christie said...

OMG Awesome!

Kristi said...

WOAH, girl! That thing is awesome! I bet you'll be featured all over the place this week and next! Great job!

Nonna Beach said...

Thanks for the extra tip...Big Orange HD it is !

Laura Lynn said...

Richard - I love that idea to use them as plant markers, thanks!

Denise said...

Love it!!!!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love the way this looks! Crazy easy and so cool. The wood looks great.

meg + andy said...

this is really, really cool. just love it!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

I love this!! The natural wood, the simple impact and the fact that it was so easy to execute.

Sharing a link to this with my FB readers tomorrow!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Coolest of cool! You're going to have us all running for those stir sticks. Nice job.

Deneen said...

I'm a paint stick gal too! Love it!
dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

firstlovenowlife.com said...

How clever! I love this and might just have to try it myself!
Kendra

Missy said...

Amazing idea!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Laura Lynn,
Thanks for your visit!!

Love the lamp shade!! What a great idea!! I think the stain will look fantastic!! There are so many routes where you could take this great project!!

Hugs,
Debbie

jill said...

how big is your shade?? love this project!

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I'm going to be posting this on my FB page to spotlight it! so awesome. Way to remember something from 3-4 years ago!!

InMyOwnStyle said...

How very very clever - love this. It look terrific. The paint stick don't look like paint sticks at all.
Terrific DIY.
My best- Diane

Mrs. Adventure said...

What a fantastic idea, I'm totally "pining" this :o)

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

oh my LOVE this! you are so creative! stumbled it for you. xoxo!

Christa said...

What a brilliant idea! It looks amazing with the stain!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That came out AWESOME! I just clicked over from Apartment Therapy. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

TwoFriends said...

Brilliant! Very modern!

Lisa said...

This is absolutely wonderful! I'm so glad I found this, as I've been wanting to buy a similar light fixture.. now I don't have to! Thanks so much for posting this.

Somu said...

Very Beautiful and creative... Thanks for the DIY.. Will give it a shot sometime !

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Andrea said...

Would you mind sharing the diameter of the lampshade that you used?

Thank you so much!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Well now this is really cool! I just HAD to link this to my pendant lights post today, come on over and take a peek!

Jan Marie Olownia said...

I've stalked this post for a while now. Have it pinned to my pinterest and everything. But now that I'm finally getting in gear to do it, I can't seem to find a drum shade under $30, nevermind for $2. Where on earth did you find one? I'm in Boston, so unfortunately no Walmarts around here. Let me know, if you can remember!

Jan Marie said...

I've stalked this post for a while now. Have it pinned to my pinterest and everything. But now that I'm finally getting in gear to do it, I can't seem to find a drum shade under $30, nevermind for $2. Where on earth did you find one? I'm in Boston, so unfortunately no Walmarts around here. Let me know, if you can remember!

Jan Marie said...

I've stalked this post for a while now. Have it pinned to my pinterest and everything. But now that I'm finally getting in gear to do it, I can't seem to find a drum shade under $30, nevermind for $2. Where on earth did you find one? I'm in Boston, so unfortunately no Walmarts around here. Let me know, if you can remember!

purplefanta said...

This is fantastic! I already have a ripped lampshade that I have been dying to use for something! Thanks for posting!

Would you mind sharing the stain you used? It's perfect!

jamie @ [kreyv] said...

This is an awesome idea! I actually came across your project a while ago on Apartment Therapy and am posting it tomorrow on my [so cheap, so easy] series. I will link back to your blog, of course! Thanks for the great idea!

Jamie

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

I absolutely love how this turned out. What a great project! I featured you this week, thanks for the inspiration!

http://designdininganddiapers.com/2012/02/top-10-tuesday-paint-sticks-arent-just-for-paint

Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

Wow. I am so inspired right now! Awesome job!

Alex said...

Excuse me, now I need to run to Home Depot. This is FABULOUS!!!

Chante LaGon said...

What a fantastic project! I'll be linking to it on our Lighting & Fans pinboard. Check it out the last week in March at pinterest.com/homedepot.

- Chante

1sewgirl said...

Love the color! could you tell us what stain you used?

Laura Lynn said...

Thanks! It's Special Walnut by Minwax. I did not leave it on long before I wiped it down so it would be a little lighter. Hope that helps!

Laura Lynn said...

Thanks so much!

Laura Lynn said...

Thanks Taryn!