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DIY Drum Light Makeover

May 13, 2016

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Hello. So happy to be back again for another contributor post with Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! Today I am going to show you my DIY drum light makeover. If you haven't seen me around here before, I'm Jen, and I blog at Fresh Crush.

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DIY Drum Light Makeover

Today I just had to share the most incredible find from my local Habitat for Humanity. A giant drum shade, pendant fixture for just 8 dollars. Yep, 8.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

She was brass and a little worn, but all in all, pretty good shape.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

The pieces came apart pretty easily. A few clips and twists and I had it apart and ready for some black spray paint. I used Rust-oleum, suitable for metal projects.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

The entire metal frame got a slick of black paint.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

I wanted to save the white outer shade, as it was still in good shape, so I used my handy tin foil trick to protect the fabric, and easily spray in and around the spokes and connectors on the exposed metal shade frame.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

Less than one can of spray paint did the job!

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

Next, I needed to update the bottom shade cover. It was ripped and stained, but I had an idea!

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

I ripped the shade away from the metal ring holding it in place.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

Then I used that ring as my guide to attach new fabric. My favourite new buffalo check fabric. I found this one at Ikea and it is the largest pattern I could find, at about 3″ wide for each square. Nice and chunky!

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

I simply pinned along the ring, pulling it snug and keeping the fabric aligned all the way, and then took the whole thing over to my sewing machine.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

I popped the ring under the zipper foot, and sewed along the ring, using it as my spacing guide.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

I trimmed away the excess fabric when I was done, and she was ready to go!

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

I used my scissors to create a small hole to slip it back onto the threaded end of the post, on my light fixture.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

I popped the metal ring frame back on, and it was ready to be hung into place.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

The view during supper-time is that great buffalo check fabric.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

And, from the side you see that pretty metal drum shade.

AWESOME DIY drum light makeover! So, so clever. Can't wait to try this.

Here's a fun fact: We just moved home after a long four months away (we renovated big time!) and the super awesome Designer Trapped readers are getting the first glimpse inside the new digs (sans finishing touches, like trim on the doors). Not even the Fresh Crush readers have seen this view yet! If you liked this project, you might also enjoy:

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  1. […] time I was here I showed you my DIY Drum Shade Upgrade. This time around, I’m working with that gorgeous buffalo check fabric again, and making some […]

  2. […] lovelies! Just a quick post this morning to let you know I have a new contributor post up over at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body! Tasha is the best, and I just love sharing some of my projects with her readers. You’d love […]

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