Showing posts with label DIY lighting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY lighting. Show all posts

Monday, March 31, 2014

Emil Stejnar Chandelier Obsession

Happy Monday my friends and thank you so so much for participating in my giveaways last week.

I have a winner: Abi Z. you won the tables. Yay! 

Today I want to share one of my obsessions that I have had for years. I've dreamt of having one of these dandelion chandeliers for a long long time. Some call them urchins or sputniks or even snowflakes. They are elaborate and glamorous compared to the regular midcentury chandeliers.

They were designed by Emil Stejnar:
"Emil Stejnar (* 1939) is an an Austrian born gold- and silversmith, a hermetic magician as well as a famous author and astrologer in many German speaking countries. He is known as the spiritual successor to Franz Bardon and has worked with, corrected and expended Bardon’s works for more than fifty years." Click HERE to read more about him at "My Occult Circle" where I found my information.

He is such an interesting man and his story makes looking at these amazing pieces of art, chandeliers or should I call them room jewelry even more special. I see them in an entire different way now after doing some more research.

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Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll Sputnik Chandelier Vienna
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Viennese Gold-Plated Blowball Chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll Vienna

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Lobmeyr Stejnar Sputnik: 

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{via Ebay Germany}

And I know you've all probably seen "Little Green Notebooks" Ikea hack inspired by one of these beautiful chandeliers. It's become quite famous since she posted it in May 2011. I have contemplated recreating her hack for years but in the back of my head I keep dreaming of getting lucky at an auction one day which is probably not going to ever happen.

Who wouldn't want a chandelier that was designed by a man who has spent his life researching magic and astrology? I know I do badly.  Aren't they beautiful and magical?



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Friday, October 5, 2012

Follow-ups on older posts

I have been wanting to take pictures to finally be able to post a house tour but the weather has been terrible and there is no sun (natural daylight) in sight.

So I decided to finally post some follow-ups on 2 older posts.

1. My cat enclosure:
My most popular post! I would have never guessed that when posting it. I thought that people would just write me off as nuts (and I'm sure some have). My father found some pictures on his computer from his visit a couple of years ago. He had taken some photos of me while I was building the cat enclosure. Yippie! So here they are, just so you know I wasn't fibbing when I said that I built it myself.

building of the cat enclosure

how to build a cat enclosure

how to build a cat enclosure

2. My DIY flush mount ceiling fixture:
I have gotten some emails and a comment request to please post how I hung the ceiling fixture/bowl.
Here is my childish drawing that I came up with since I didn't take any pictures of the contraption. (I really am trying to take more pictures during my projects but when I'm on a roll it's hard to stop and get the camera). Next time I have to change a bulb :) I'll take a view pictures too!

First you have to hold the bowl to the ceiling and draw around it on the ceiling. Then cut small wooden blocks and attach them with screws to the inside of the circle. Remember if you don't screw into a stud, you need anchors! Then hold the bowl on the ceiling again, over the wooden blocks and screw the bowl into the wooden blocks from the side. I hope that helps!

 3. Remember the paper deer head that I bought in Germany? (click here) I bought it from the German version of etsy. Well I finally put it together! Wow, what a giant paper puzzle. It's amazing how this artist came up with this paper construction! I have even more appreciation for him now!

paper deer head
paper foldable decor objects by "golemobjekte"

So I'll keep working on my projects and hope for better weather.
Have a GREAT weekend fellow webbers und guten Tag!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

HomeGoods clearance bowl as DIY ceiling fixture

The other day I found this big white metal bowl at HomeGoods for $15 and immediately thought about a ceiling fixture.

$15 HomeGoods clearance bowl converted to ceiling fixture

One of my kitties disagreed because he was convinced it's a cat bed, haha, but I had different plans!

$15 HomeGoods clearance bowl converted to cat bed

I hate, HATE most ceiling fixtures, especially the standard builder ones.

Ugly standard builders ceiling fixture
This is my hated UGLY light fixture!

The only fixtures I ever like are ""mucho dineros" and if you ever sell your home, they usually stay behind. Not good!
I found these light fixtures on Houzz and if you could breed them and they had babies, the outcome might look somewhat like my NEW flush mount ceiling fixture.

conected metal circle ceiling fixtures

While this isn't a revolutionary idea, I still think it's pretty cool.
I could have spray painted the circles in a different color but I like the white metal and picked some light grey tissue paper that I already had and mod-podged the paper to the inside of the bowl to give it that transparent look.

mod podge tissue paper inside DIY flush mount ceiling fixture

It took me several attempts to figure out how to hang the somewhat heavier thing. But it's up and hanging and it's "purrty". If you are wondering, I used two small wood blocks that I screwed into the ceiling and then I screwed the shade in place from both sides. Works like a charm. Should I draw up one of those childish pictures to show you what I mean???? Well let me know!

This is what my upstairs hallway looks like now and I'm really happy with it!
What do you think?

DIY ceiling fixture
You can see the dresser "before and after" here and the lamp "before and after" here.
The lamp shades and rug were also purchased at HomeGoods.
DIY ceiling light made from HomeGoods clearance bowl by Cuckoo4Design

Click here to see how I hung the light. I made "a not so nice" drawing!

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DIY ceiling fixture before and after

Monday, April 16, 2012

I hit the mother-load of ugly brass lamps!

I know that painting brass lamps (and these aren't solid brass, lick here to see and updated post) isn't a new idea but I have been looking all over craigslist for some nice shaped lamps to paint. So when I found these 7 brass lamps for $30, that's a little over $4 a lamp, I was thrilled. (Click here to see another one of my painted lamp projects which was featured on Better After)

ugly brass lamps

My friends just shook their heads because they couldn't understand why I would want 7 disheveled lamps that weren't working right. What they didn't know is that I like changing out lamps around the house like other people change shoes. And I was itching to try out some bold colors.
Although I'm starting to love brass again and I see it is sneaking it's way back into fashion and decor, these lamps were rusted and had mismatched gold finishes.

Now if they would have looked like this great pair of Curtis Jere mid-century brass lamps, I would have definitely kept them the way they are. At $3700 I can only say "keep dreaming"!

At least I had 3 matching pairs of lamps in my pile.

I had to buy some parts at Home Depot for $25 which included 2 Make-A-Lamp kits with harps and 2 packs of switch knob sockets. If you look at the picture, you can see that there were 4 lamps with the old 2 bulb style and a pull switch and I didn't want that. I only wanted one light bulb on each lamp.

Westinghouse Make-A-Lamp-Kit

I was actually amazed how easy it is to change out the wiring and bulb sockets. And for some of the lamps I was able to re-use the old bulb sockets.
All I had to do is unscrew all the sockets and expose the wires. For the 2 bulb lamps I had to unscrew everything and disconnect the wires that led to the single wire threaded through the lamp base. Because of the previous connection it has a split end. You have to feel for the one split end/wire that is ribbed. The ribbed wire should be connected to the silver screw, and the other wire should be connected to the brass screw. If you use new lamp sockets, make sure that the instructions aren't different then what I just wrote.

I cleaned the lamps really good with TSP cleaner and a tack cloth. They are a must for most painting jobs and if you have read any of my other posts then you know I use them for every project.
And of course you have to tape all the wire, bulb sockets and any other area that you don't want to spray paint.
Then it was priming time!

And NO, I didn't spray them in the house.

I decided on a couple of colors for the lamps: bright yellow for the one matching pair, tangerine for the other matching pair, dark grey and the good old glossy white for the last remaining pair. I like taking them out for my "white Christmas" which is always my favorite.

valspaar and crylon spray paint

So I primed the grey lamps with grey Valspar spray primer and the rest of the lamps with white Valspar primer as you can see in the above photo.

The funnest part is playing around with were to put them now that they are done.
My favorite is by far the tangerine pair of lamps. I was lucky to have a pair of off-white shades with silver lining for $6 each from Ross. (When I find great lamp shades I just have to get them and hoard them in my attic).

tangerine painted lamp, louis ghost chair, horizontal stripe curtains
The lamp color is Hacienda Tile by Valspar.

The shade on the yellow lamps are from target at $15 each. And I made the fun squirrel and bird pillow out of an Ikea fabric.

tangerine painted lamp, louis ghost chair, horizontal stripe curtains

tangerine lamps on silver dresser

lagoon dresser and pair of yellow lamps
The pair of yellow lamps.

lagoon dresser and grey lamp
The grey lamp.

I think you get my point! It's fun to have different colored lamps and play around with them.
The white ones are in my attic! Maybe I'll just have to spray them another fun color! Pink or Coral?

(POST UPDATE: you can see here that they are not solid brass lamps and that I actually like brass)

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