Do you ever see beautiful designer home accents or home decor and then take a look at the price tag only to be left in shock? Well, that has been me on some occasions. Keep in mind, originals and some things are sometimes worth the price, but not everything.
I have seen many beautiful designer home accents but could not see myself spending that kind of money. This has inspired me on several occasions to find something similar or recreate a look-alike on a budget.
My daughter is getting married soon and even with her wedding we are looking for high design, that maybe we created, on a budget. An important thing to say is, I don’t sacrifice style or quality. Everything I find or make is just as beautiful and made as well as the original expensive piece but on a budget.
How to turn a cheap lamp into an expensive fixture
I am going to show you a ceiling light I created that I had seen for $497.50 on Houzz as pictured below and how I recreated it for much less. My recreation is a table lamp from Overstock a price of $124.99. It is very solid and great quality. The lamp is an oversized large 38inch lamp. Since it is hanging from my vaulted ceiling I wanted it to be a good size.
(Original expensive version ceiling light found on Houzz)
(Overstock lamp I turned into ceiling light)
6 Steps to Create the Same Look
To create similar designer home accents on a budget, like the expensive version, I also need a wooden finial for the top of the lamp, now bottom of the ceiling light. I found my finial on Etsy for $12.50. After finding this I needed to find the metal swag hanging light kit and chain. I found them at Lowe’s. The light kit was $24.98 and the chain was $5.68.
Once everything arrived in the mail it was time for action. I followed the below steps to assemble.
1. I pulled all of the wiring and the original light kit off of the lamp
2. I attached the swag light kit to the top of the lamp.
3. Drilled a hole directly into the middle of the bottom of the lamp.
4. Fed the wiring from the light kit through the lamp to pull out of the new hole I drilled
5. Ran the wire through the chain
6. Attached the chain to the bottom of the lamp and to the ceiling canopy for support
Finally, I had my husband wire and mount it to the ceiling. Wa-lah the light is complete and looks like the original at a cost of $168.15 before tax. This is a total savings of $329.35 before tax and it only took about 45 minutes to order and assemble.
I hope you are inspired to create your own expensive version of home décor or accent pieces. Just remember it can be anything you want from ceiling lights, to wall hangings, to pillows. I even found a shop on Etsy and recreated expensive designer pillows at a fraction of the price. Remember, not all, but almost all beautiful things can be recreated on a budget.
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