Haha – do I have your attention? I assume that while many of you know what I mean when I say “boob light”, there are some of you that may have no clue… so without further hesitation, allow me to introduce you to the most, uh, feminine of ceiling fixtures… the boob light!
We have ALL had this in our home at one point or another. It’s a builder-basic, super cheap, super ugly standard in any house. When we moved into this house almost seven years ago, this marbled green monstrosity was the first thing you saw when you walked in the front door.
I am embarrassed to say that it stayed that way until just a few days ago. I just sort of waffled on what to do with it… switching it out would be costly and require “hubby approval” since he’d have to do the electrical work. So, as I often do, I just did nothing.
But then I came across some “boob light” ideas on Pinterest one day, and while none of them were exactly what I wanted to do, they inspired me to get creative. Once again, naturally, Target came to my rescue. I found a really pretty textured lamp shade for 40% off that I knew would be perfect. For this project, I needed a “spider” shade, which is where the metal fitting is at the very top of the shade, and not set down inside.
I removed the glass “boob” from the original fixture and gave it a good cleaning. Then I dug through my paint collection to see what I already had, and I came across some nice grey paint that I had picked up from the ReStore a while back.
They were a perfect match which was a total fluke. I figured I’d use the can for painting the base of the old light and the spray for covering the smaller piece that holds the glass in place.
I was determined to NOT have to do anything electrical, so that meant not removing the base. I simply loosened it to pull it away from the ceiling and gave it a half-assed coat of paint since it would be mostly covered was it was done:
Once the grey paint was dry, I had to find a way to secure the lamp shade. Rubber band it is!!!!!!! Yah… not my finest DIY moment, but hey – it never needs to come off (even when changing the bulbs), and it is nowhere near the lights so there’s no safety hazard. I just wanted to use what I had on hand. In the photo below, you can see the black elastic that I used. I just wrapped it a few times and then pushed it up as far as it would go, which also pinned the shade right up against the base at the ceiling!
When that was done, all I had to do was put the light bulbs back in and it was ready to go! The only problem was that when standing beneath the light in the hall, you would look up and see the exposed bulbs. Not a huge deal, but I decided to put the glass dome back on, just to give a finished look.
Looks so much better!! I love it! It’s such a nice update and it only cost me the price of the shade, which was $12.
And when the light is turned on, it gives off the nicest glow and the texture of the shade looks amazing!
And here’s a view from the kitchen, looking into the front hall:
Turned out pretty well, amiright?
This week I’m hoping to get some furniture painting done. I have two night stands and an end table to work on… hopefully I will have some before and afters soon!