Like most hare-brained ideas I conjure up in my mind,
this lighting fixture was not my original plan, but...
I really, really, really like it....alot!
Using antique hand-tatted lace, I mod-podged it (somewhat like a puzzle and it seemed
to take as long as a puzzle...okay...maybe not) onto a store bought light fixture
from Home Depot I picked up for $11.99.  Actually, two of them.
I took off the steel cage because I didn't want quite that much of an
industrial look going on in my vintage bedroom hallway...although, maybe rusted
up a bit, it would have looked kinda funky!

Because the previous lights were similar to the "boob" lights we all
love to hate now (which incidentally, I always thought looked like a boob...
what would Freud say?)...
(Except mine don't off subject!)

....I decided to do something unique to them.  Mostly because the wee
chandeliers I coveted for their replacement cost megabucks and partly because
I'm a creative blogger and I can do this.  hahaha!
So, I started with the idea that I wanted to spray "Looking Glass" paint
into the glass fixtures to give them the look of mercury glass. cool............NOT!

I practiced on a canning jar...alright....two or three of them.
It looked okay from the outside sitting on a shelf....
...however, when I brought the glass over to my bridge lamp and held
it up with the lightbulb inside....not so good.
You could see every drip from the inital waterspray to give it that
mercury glass look.  So, once again, you all get to learn from my retarded
ideas that don't work out!

Now I had to come up with something vintage looking for the glass fixture
that I felt would be unique.
Aha!  Lace!
After searching fabric stores galore for just the right lace I wanted, which
in my mind was something more like a doily, I found some
antique hand-tatted lace in an antique shop and hit paydirt!
It came in the form of four placemats and although I thought twice
about cutting them up for what I had in mind, I figured...hmmm...
how often would I use four?  Usually two for Dan & I, three if one other person
is over and on the whole with our big family...more than eight are required.
So I did. (Notice how I skipped having just one other couple over...denial)
They worked out quite well and after mod-podging all the lace onto the
fixtures, I went over the whole thing with mod-podge again to
give it a frosted look so the light wouldn't be too harsh.
I think they look quite dainty, don't you?

I finished off the fixture itselt with two 9" ceiling medallions purchased
at Home Depot as well.
I gave these a spraypaint along with the fixture (jar lid type) light base.
The end result felt rather whimsical and I'm quite happy with the light
designs on the ceiling in the evenings when it's lit up!
I really love having the old fixtures out of there and these are so
much more feminine in keeping with the bedroom theme.
Dan said he like them too...but he's like that...always supporting my craziness.

Of course, one thing always leads to another and now my brain is
brimming with other ways to use mod-podged lace!
3/27/2012 07:14:04 am

This wins hands down over boob lights any day (or as one of my Jersey friends called them - "bubbies")!

What a great idea- and a great vintage lace find!
So glad you joined our Cinch party!

3/27/2012 09:14:16 pm

Thanks Kelly! I know...I paused for a long, long moment before cutting up the one placemat I had to use...but it all worked out! xo

3/27/2012 10:03:30 am

I love these! You did great!!

3/27/2012 09:29:31 pm

Thanks Tammi....thanks for always making nice, sweet comments! xo

3/27/2012 01:15:49 pm

Wow. That's a huge transformation! Seriously, really big change.

I really love having the old fixtures out of there and these are so
much more feminine in keeping with the bedroom theme.
Dan said he like them too...

3/27/2012 09:31:57 pm

I'm so glad you like it! It just lightens up the whole hallway, however, I've found at's too bright! Have to get some lower wattage bulbs. xo

3/27/2012 05:10:40 pm

Hi--I usually don't comment on blogs that aren't blogger because it is so time consuming but I just had to tell you this is an awesome idea! I love it! Is there any problem with the lace getting too hot? Great job--thanks for sharing!

3/27/2012 09:33:51 pm

Thanks! I don't think the lace will get too hot because the fixture is fairly thick....but then there's Murphy's Law in my world too! Thanks for visiting! xo

3/27/2012 09:15:14 pm

This is such a creative idea! I would love for you to link up at my via:

PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

Mrs. Delightful

3/27/2012 09:35:09 pm

Hello Mrs. Delightful! I'll be right over and thanks for the sweet comment. xo

3/27/2012 11:48:50 pm

I love this idea and can't wait to see what else you come up with!


3/28/2012 08:05:34 am

Welcome Trisha...I went and visited your blog too! Very nice! Thanks for dropping a note...I appreciate it so much! xo

3/28/2012 04:27:21 am

This is a great idea for prettying up ceiling light fixtures. Now you've got me thinking how I could use some of my grandma's lace doilies in my house. I'm totally not a doily person, but it seems a shame to leave my grandma's beautiful work sitting in a drawer. The wheels in my head are spinning.... thanks for the inspiration :-)

3/28/2012 08:13:52 am

Wow! Thanks Kelly! I'm glad you are inspired! I went & checked out your awesome, fantastic blog and I'm flattered you visited me! Thankyou! I'm going back in a screen froze while trying to make a comment on your BEACH It's a Cinch posting! I'm a Maritime girl so you caught my heart! xo

4/3/2012 09:34:50 am

Yay, a Maritime girl! I love the Maritimes - I wasn't born there, but I definitely should have been :-) Thanks for checking out my BEACH map letters. I still haven't figured out where to hang them, but they'll be going up in a wall soon so I can see & enjoy them :-)

3/28/2012 12:55:27 pm


Love the lights now not that your older ones looked bad. The lace makes them look very romantic! I might have to try this in our half-bath. I have a boob light in there now. :0)

3/29/2012 11:05:03 pm

If you do, please send me a photo! Or blog about it k? I'd love to see your take on it! Thanks. xo

3/29/2012 12:06:15 am

LOL! You are funny. My hallway has boob lights with nipples. So does my foyer. And I've always thought they look like boobs too. I definitely want to replace them. I love how your mind works. You call it crazy, I consider it genius. I never would have thought to use lace. Your new lights are so soft and feminine. They really look lovely in the hallway. Thanks for sharing your creativity at Show & Tell.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

3/29/2012 11:07:32 pm

Oh's a crazy mind! hahaha! If you could see me looking for my keys everyday, you wouldn't think I was a genius! Thankyou for your lovely sweet! xo

3/29/2012 08:50:52 am

I have a "boob" light in my laundry room...with nipples! Think it's gonna be time for a new "boob" job. Will the mod~podge get hot and melt?

3/29/2012 11:14:56 pm

I don't think it will in my case because the glass is rather thick and it's on the outside...well away from the light. In fact, I have two 60watt bulbs in and need to find a lower wattage as it's practically blinding when the lights are on. So...I'm going to say No, it won't melt. Think Positive! Thanks for visiting... xo

3/29/2012 09:22:24 am

I have 2 Boobs ( well 3 counting my hubby....:) BUT one is almost invisible and the other is by my front door & we got it because anything else will hit the door....low ceilings ...ideas ladies???

3/29/2012 11:18:08 pm

What if you put a different end on the (nipple) part of a glass knob or something? Not sure that would work or not, but it might look kinda pretty! Or you could make your own fixture. I had been mulling the idea of cut bottles....Sorry...that's all I've got! Thanks for dropping in. xo

3/29/2012 10:02:07 am

What a great idea! It's the perfect match for your place. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up at the Spring Fling linky party!

3/29/2012 11:18:58 pm

Thanks for coming for a look-see Christina. xo

3/29/2012 11:32:58 am

Gosh darn it these are the cutest lights and your are such a darn creative little lady. LOVE them, and what a very clever idea - did it just spring in to your head? didn't hit me. Love the antique and feminine look of them. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

3/29/2012 11:20:35 pm just sprung (springed...hmmm) into my head Cathy. Thanks for the lovely comment! xo

3/31/2012 08:47:05 am

Wow, this is a really awesome idea...and I love the corbels in your hall. The lace is the perfect look. I'm sharing the link on my facebook wall. Thank you so much for linking up to our party!

4/3/2012 10:58:53 am

Stopping by from the Creative Me Link Up!

4/11/2012 06:05:08 am

Well, these are so cool! I love how they turned out and not that hard to make!

I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

Susan @ <a href="" rel="nofollow"> Oh My! Creative</a>

Amy K.
5/5/2012 05:07:23 am

Hi. I tried to find the light you used on and at the store, but no luck. They did have a more expensive version that can be used outdoors ($30). Do you mind responding with the item #/name? Thanks!

5/5/2012 05:57:19 am

Hey Amy! I had thrown the box out, but found it here.... ... for 9.99! It's the one! Hope that helps! xo

1/27/2013 04:17:28 am

I absolutely LOVE what you did with those light fixtures!! But as someone who makes tatted lace - you gave me heart failure :o
I may have to try something similar with my mistakes!


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