When renovating a space, it’s amazing to see how much changing out light fixtures can alter a room. We have mostly been focused on changing out wall colors and flooring options at our new house, but the existing light fixtures have really been killing the new room vibes. So I thought I should turn my attention upwards for a bit and find a solution for some of the basic fixtures in the house. I was searching online for something unrelated a few weeks ago when I ran across this amazing DIY light fixture that uses a sunburst medallion to makeover a standard “boob” light. Not only is it genius, but I also happened to have the exact mirror that she used. So it seemed like the light and I were made for each other. I changed up the process and the light I chose a little to fit the more mid-century vibe we have going, but this is a great idea for anyone that wants to create a statement flush mount light on the cheap.
–sunburst mirror frame (You can use any similar mirror as long as the mirror can be taken out or carefully broken out so that you can use the frame.)
-ceiling flush mount light small enough to sit inside your mirror frame hole (something like this)
-screws and a drill
Now, since we are talking about removing and installing light fixtures, you can either do this project in tandem with an electrician, a family member or friend that has experience, or follow Mandi’s guide to hardwiring light fixtures yourself! I just learned how to do it myself while working on this house. It’s really pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and I’m so glad I have that skill now.
OK, so, depending on the method you choose, you’ll need to remove the existing light fixture. Since I chose a light that was a few inches smaller than the mirror frame, I needed to paint the ceiling area that would be showing in between the fixture and the mirror. I just placed each fixture where they would go and traced around them to get the area I needed to tape off and paint. If you’re worried about possible overspray from spray painting indoors, then use a liquid paint and brush instead (or hang up plastic behind you and make your husband hold the vacuum hose near the paint like I did—ha!). Remove painter’s tape when dry.
I took the same spray paint and painted the base of the light fixture so they would match (carefully taping off the inside and back so no electrical parts would get painted), attached the base of the light to the ceiling, and then added a bulb and attached the globe shade.
For the mirror frame, I bent back the tabs that were holding the mirror in place and removed the mirror and cardboard backing from the middle. All it needed was a coat of the same gold spray paint so they would all look like one unit and it was ready to hang! I just used 4 screws and wedged them in between spokes of the light to hold the frame in place. Once the frame was secure, my new light was finished!
So much prettier, right?? It makes such a difference in the kitchen and adds a big dose of personality as well. If you want a little more of a pendant look you can also go for a sputnik light like this for a little more dimension (here’s some of our favorite lights on a budget). If you like the idea of a ceiling medallion, but this is a bit too bold for you, check out this modern starburst medallion project instead. Either way, don’t forget when redecorating a space to look up every once in a while. There’s plenty of ways to change up your space on the ceiling too! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.