Last week I wrote an article called Happiness Is… Flea Market Finds,
In this article, I showcased some great things I snagged at a local flea market.
Some of those items were vintage hubcaps.
My husband and I used one of these hubcaps as a finishing touch on our latest DIY project.
Today I am going to show you how we took our outdated bedroom from shab to fab!
New paint in dark chocolate brown, deep red and a new light fixture made our room perfect.
Before we get into the star of this post, let me show you a before photo of our room:
Now I have nothing against blue and minty blue, nor do I mind the flouncy drapes.
The wallpaper border, however, not a fan.
Overall the look is outdated and dull.
Plus, to be honest, it made me feel like I was sleeping in a grannie’s bedroom.
Add to this look that ugly white ceiling fan pictured above.
An update has been in order for ages.
We just always have so many projects going on our bedroom kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list.
Then I Got The Idea For Our DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture!
Once I told my husband about my base idea it inspired our creative spirit!
The light itself was purchased on Wayfair.
It is the 14-Light Sputnik Chandelier.
It is what we built to go around it that brought our style to life!
First, we knew we had to change the color of our room.
This is how one project often turns into several for us.
Being a lover of nature, and due to living in a ranch home with a lot of wood accents, I knew I wanted our bedroom to be brown.
Our master bath, however, was already decorated when we moved in.
There was no way I wanted to take on that task as well.
So I took inspiration from the bath, pulled in the red, and made one wall in our bedroom a red accent wall.
This pulled the bath and bedroom together nicely.
We added some other updates such as nice light and outlet plates to go along with our aesthetic.
So now you have the before photos and background on how this whole project manifested.
Now let’s get to the good stuff!
Creating A DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture
First, you need a wood palette.
That’s easy enough.
Contact local businesses that receive shipments.
Warehouses especially are known to give away or sell wood palettes for cheap.
If you find a broken down palette that is okay, we had to break ours down ourselves.
I also selected the prettiest pieces for my fixture.
Pretty to me means rugged, somewhat imperfect, knots, holes, frays, etc.
Cut your pieces.
Of course, you want to measure your pieces for the size of fixture you need for your room.
Then preassemble your fixture to make sure your cuts are correct.
Then stain your pieces.
We used a golden oak stain color.
You can also leave them natural, or paint them.
DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture Adding Your Own Touches:
We added pieces of barbed wire to our fixture for a little touch of personality.
This barbed wire was also purchased at the Flea Market for next to nothing.
As my husband added the barbed wire, I stopped and took a selfie…
While my husband was attaching the barbed wire I actually painted screws black.
We used the black screws to fasten the first layer to the ceiling.
Each additional layer was also screwed together with these black painted screws.
But first, the light fixture we purchased from Wayfair had to go up!
We have coined this the Spider Fixture.
Another reviewer of it on Wayfair calls it that as well.
Once that was installed we put up our DIY decorative fixture up layer by layer for that 3 Dimensional look.
Tips For Installing Your DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture
Of course, always find your studs before measuring, or installing!
You want to be sure your DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture centers perfectly.
This has everything to do with where your studs are located.
We failed at this but due to the design of our fixture, it worked out fine.
If our design were more open you could see that the Spider is not perfectly centered in the middle of our wood palette design!
Before adding the second layer we attached some of the spider legs to the first layer.
Six on the first layer.
Then four on the next two.
The Spider Light Fixture has 14 total “legs”.
Also if you look closely you can see our barbed wire accents.
DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture Finished … Almost!
Now as you can see above, in the middle of the wood – the spider fixture mount is off center.
This is what I want you to avoid by finding the studs first, and measuring your palette pieces accordingly!
If we had done this right our finished DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture would be more rectangle shaped to accommodate our studs.
We already had our design in place however to fix this faux pas.
Okay so maybe a vintage Chevy truck hubcap isn’t your thing.
You can fill or cover the gap in with any creative idea you wish.
Or leave it open if you like the design of the ceiling mount and have yours centered perfectly.
I found that the cover not only hid our mistake but also hid the excess wires nicely.
Here is a wider view of our newly painted room with our new DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture fully installed.
And with lights on …
In the above photo, you can really see our barbed wire accents well.
The “Spider” fixture came with the light bulbs which are Edison style.
This was very nice since are rather expensive.
Sure we will eventually have to replace them but they are worth it!
They give a nice glow to the room when a dimmer is used.
When turned all the way up they are super bright!
They are perfect for our steampunk, vintage, country cottage style fusion.
Most of our home is decorated in this interesting twist of aesthetics along with a dash of world flair.
Happiness At Last With A New Room Design And My DIY Wood Palette 3D Light Fixture.
Finally a bedroom I want to sleep in and wake up in.
The colors are simply perfect for my husband and me.
Since we are often day sleepers we need a darker bedroom.
We are far from finished, however.
One reason we have put off this project is we knew once we got started, it would be an on-going thing.
We are putting up crown molding with a surprise touch to it.
Redoing all of the trim around windows, doors, and floorboards.
Plus, we are either restaining the doors or replacing them.
We always get involved in one thing and it turns into something larger but we love it!
I will be blogging about all of these DIY projects too.
One aspect we are still undecided on is what to hang over the shades.
Curtains are an obvious answer but I was thinking something more creative.
Possibly some sort of gunny sacks.
Nice ones of course.
We could just leave the shades up as is and not cover them but the light does get in.
We need a little more room darkening for the days my husband is working nights.