Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Design Within Reach Inspired Light Fixtures

I need some new ceiling fixtures for the beach house. For reasons that are unclear to me, the former owners hung pendant lights in both the downstairs and upstairs halls. At 5'5" I just miss the bottom of the pendants when I walk by. Not very practical. Did I also mention they are hideous?

Browsing around the internet, I found this fixture at Design Within Reach. I love the style of the fixture, but I'd prefer chrome to brass. It's flush so no one will smack their head walking by. Much more practical.

DWR Large Bulkhead Light $395

So I need three fixtures--two for the upstairs hall and one for the downstairs hall. Now let's see...the fixture is $395. So for three fixtures I'm looking at $1200. Not happening.

Then I ran across this fixture at Home Depot. Similar lines and size--and under $15! Now we're talking, but with its plain white metal finish, it's not quite what I had in mind. So I picked up three of these babies and then headed over to the paint aisle where I grabbed a can of Rustoleum Metallic spray paint in silver.

Hampton Bay Outdoor Bulkhead Light $14.97

When I got home, I took the fixture apart. There are three main parts: the grid, the glass globe, and the base. First, I removed the two screws on the rim of the grid using a small Phillips screwdriver. The grid then lifts off and the globe can be separated from the base. There are two rubber gaskets to remove. One is at the base of the glass globe, the other is around the bottom. Unless you're going to use the fixture outside, you don't need these.

I put the globe to one side and laid out the base and the grid. I took the screws (because they need to be painted, too) and replaced them loosely in the holes in the grid. I took a piece of cardboard and stuffed it into the socket to prevent paint from getting in there. Then I sprayed on two coats of paint.

When everything was dry, I put it all back together. It's a good idea to put a light bulb in before you put it back together, since the only way to access the socket is to unscrew the grid.

Now, obviously, these don't approximate the quality of the DWR fixture, but I ended up with three ceiling fixtures that have the look I want for less than $50. I'm good with that.

© Salt Marsh Cottage 2014


  1. I love this idea. I have places in my home (near the beach) that I have not yet figured out how to finish and this will work for me. Thanks for the great idea.

    1. Hi Nancy! Thanks so much! I'm so glad you liked it. Please stop by again.