Since we started thinking about moving to Brooklyn, I’ve been reading a lot about how to personalize a rental apartment. We’ve rented in the past, but after a few years of beefing up our home improvement experience, I feel like we’re much better equipped to make changes now.
One update that can be quick and easy (assuming that the wiring isn’t a total mess) is swapping out a light fixture. It made a huge difference in our kitchen, and we’d definitely consider doing it again. So, I’ve been gathering a few of my favorite DIY light fixtures. I’m especially digging the recent influx of modern geometric pieces. Check out my faaaves.
1. Black Chandelier with Gold-Dipped Bulbs by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
This light fixture was inspired by a $3300 chandelier and only cost $100 to make. Plus, those bulbs! Get more information.
2. Wall Sconce Task Light by Vintage Revivals
Mandi made this out of a Target lamp, wooden dowels and a few copper elbows. Get the tutorial.
3. Lindsey Adelman “You Make It” Chandelier
Lindsey Adelman‘s chandeliers are amazing. They’re also very expensive. Luckily, she created a DIY-able version. Tons of brave bloggers have created their own, and you could be next! See photos of completed kits here, get the instructions here, and buy a kit with all the parts here.
4. Lindsey Adelman You Make It Mobile
Our angel Lindsey Adelman didn’t stop at chandeliers – she also provided instructions for this mobile. See photos here, and click “PRICING” for links to buy parts. Get the instructions here.
5. DIY Woven Wood Veneer Pendant by Poppytalk
Make this pendant with wood veneer strips and an Ikea Hemma cord set.
6. Geometric Brass Pendant by Weekdaycarnival
This one is easier than it looks – just buy some brass tubes, tie them together with twine and bend them into your desired shape(s). The link to the concrete lamp kit doesn’t go anywhere right now, but I think it’d look just as good using a plain base. Get more information here.
7. Pipe Light Fixture by The Gathered Home
For something just a little more traditional, I like this simple pipe chandelier. See the tutorial.
8. Multi-faceted Geometric Light Fixture from Style Me Pretty
Think this one’s made with more brass tubes? NOPE. IT’S STRAWS. And the whole project only cost $10. Get the instructions here.
9. Statement Pendant by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
I’m not gonna lie: this one intimidates me. The cool shapes that surround the bulbs are made from a fluorescent light diffuser and plaster of paris. Looks pretty amazing though, right? Here’s the tutorial.
10. Hanging Bulb Chandelier by Love & Renovations
My old wedding blogging buddy Amanda and her husband made this mind-blowing chandelier a couple years ago, and I still marvel at it. Get the instructions.
11. Hammered Metal Pendant by Precious Me
This is another oldie-but-a-goodie, and it’s super simple. It’s made with that hammered Ikea bowl you always pass in the garden section and think “I love that, but do I need another bowl?” You do, because this one is meant to be a pendant light. Here’s the tutorial.
12. Arrow Light Fixture from Design*Sponge
The decorative arrows set this one apart from the brass light fixture pack. Get the instructions.
13. Dodecahedron Pendant Light by View Along the Way
The tutorial for this one hurts my brain – it requires a digital protractor, and I barely know what a protractor is – but if you’re feeling courageous, get it, girl. Here are the instructions.
14. Embroidery Hoop Pendant by Dear Emmeline
I’ve seen a lot of DIY orb lights made out of metal, but I like the warmer tone of this wood version made with embroidery hoops. Get the tutorial.
15. Gold Sunburst Flushmount Fixture by Simple Details
Uh, genius. This is just a cheap flushmount fixture mounted inside of a sunburst mirror frame. Get the instructions.
16. Wood and Brass Hanging Hoop Pendant by Vintage Revivals
Wood and brass. Yesssssssss. Make a bunch and cluster them together! Here’s the tutorial.
17. Hanging Pendant Sconce from One Kings Lane
This one’s super simple, but what’s great about it is that it doesn’t require hard-wiring – it just mounts on the wall with a couple screws and then plugs into an outlet. Perfect for renters. Get the tutorial.
18. Copper Pipe Icosahedron Light Fixture by The Gathered Home
Geometry is involved in this. But it looks like it’s worth the effort. Here are the instructions.
19. Gold Branch Light by Little Green Notebook
This one has shorter arms (legs?) than some of the others, which makes it a little subtler and lower-profile. I’m into it. Get the tutorial.
20. Copper and Wood Hanging Chandelier by Vintage Revivals
This guy’s made from a wood utensil caddy and bowl from Target, plus some copper pipes and stuff, and it’s SO. GOOD. Get the instructions.
21. Brass Chandelier from One Kings Lane
This brass chandelier kind of reminds me of a baby mobile, except way more glam and awesome. Does anyone else see it? Here’s the tutorial.
So, you gonna give one a try? I think I might!