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The idea of renovating your home and changing up the interior design scheme is exciting, but the actual execution can be expensive. Thankfully, there are quick and affordable ways to update your home without replacing what you already have. Use these easy light fixture makeovers to create professional-looking pieces on a budget.

  1. No Sew Lampshade
    This technique requires no set of special skills. Transform any old lampshade into something new and fresh by simply covering the old fabric or removing and replacing it with a cute, inexpensive fabric from your local craft store.
  2. Spray Painted Fixtures
    A quick way to update any old fixtures around the house. You’ll want to dismantle the piece and then wash and sand it a few times to make sure the paint will properly settle. Then use a spray primer on the entire piece before laying on your final color.
  3. Thrift Store Treasures
    A trip to your nearest thrift store could have you leaving with quality lamps and shades at a low price. Even if you find something that isn’t the right color, you can paint over it to fit in with the rest of your décor.
  4. DIY Drum Shade
    If you’re renting, it can be hard to make the space feel like your own. A DIY drum shade can disguise those ugly fixtures without breaking any of the renting rules. All the supplies needed can be found at an affordable price; you may even have them already sitting at home!
  5. Capiz Shade
    This is another DIY project that will look incredible and save you money. A capiz shade (similar to a chandelier) is simply a frame with long strings of translucent shells attached to it.  While you can buy plastic shells, this shade can also look just as nice when made out of wax paper.
  6. Wire Basket Shell
    This is a unique and inexpensive way to give ugly fixtures a new life. You can go out and purchase a cheap basket or use one that’s already lying around the house. A few measurements and some wire cutters are all you need to create this out-of-the-box lamp shade.
  7. Flip It
    This blogger turned her unflattering chandelier into a beautiful piece of décor in just a few spare hours. To make it stand out, she flipped the chandelier upside down, painted it a bright color, and added cute accents around the globes. The best part? It cost her less than $4.
  8. Change Out the Globes or Panels
    An easy way to make larger fixtures look new is to change out the globes or panels encasing the lightbulbs. Hardware stores sell these pieces separately, but you can also dismantle the piece and paint the parts a new color.

We hope these easy light fixture makeovers have inspired you to reclaim your space! If you’re looking for more idea, you can never go wrong with a quick Pinterest search. Happy decorating!

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.