Whether you have those half-dome “boob” lights or have been making do with an inexpensive builder-grade fixture, a depressing ceiling light can really distract from the look you’re trying to achieve in your apartment. If you’re not in the market for a new ceiling light, here are a few ways to upgrade the fixture that’s currently bothering you on a daily basis.
Sometimes, the best thing to do is just rely on paint (spray paint, to be specific). Above, this project by Squirrelly Minds proves that a coat of gold metallic paint can elevate even the most basic of ceiling lights.
Ashley from Domestic Imperfection created this Arts and Crafts-style box light shade with square dowels and picture frame glass (plus a few other hardware store-sourced finds).
Tara from Making Our Nest put an industrial spin on those ubiquitous crystal-cut ceiling lights by adding a black wire basket over the shade.
Christina from Little Victorian showed us how to get an entirely “new” ceiling light fixture for free. The secret? Just cleaning its dingy old glass shade. The side-by-side image really shows what a difference this made.
A sunburst-style mirror frame turns a basic dome-style ceiling light into a luxe-looking statement in this DIY from Simple Details. The idea for this makeover came when blogger Pam saw a similar fixture with a $700 price tag. The total cost came to under $50!
Using little more than a black wire basket from a hanging planter, yarn, and wood beads, this DIY from Love Maegan completely disguises a gold-and-glass “boob” light. She didn’t even have to take the light’s glass shade off — this piece fits right over the current fixture.
A solid IKEA shade gets a little more interesting with a vintage-y detail on its interior. Claire from Pillar Box Blue simply decoupaged a map to create this interesting (and budget-friendly) look.
This pineapple-inspired pendant by Monsters Circus may not be a traditional ceiling light fixture, but it is a really fun way to add a little personality to a space. The pineapple “top” is made using leather scraps.