Hope you are having a wonderful day! Today I have another MacGyver post for you. I am totally starting a new hashtag #MIY, MacGyver-it-yourself!!
A few months back now we bought a small fish tank and the only place we had to put it where everyone could see Maple, our Siamese Fighting Fish, was our little side table in the living room. In hindsight, I should have just accepted the fact that the barrels I bought were too big for the fish bowl (that we already had), but, instead I went overboard, as usual, and bought a new tank, because they were on sale! This lead to a multitude of problems like it’s kind of too big for the table, a tank heater, more gravel, more decorations, and we had nowhere to put the lamp that previously resided on said table, that happens to light the room.
All the fish issues aside, we literally have a table lamp sitting on the fish tank lid [insert eyeroll]. I had an old arching floor lamp that I had upcycled when I was a teenager, in the basement of my parents house. The only problem was that it needed a shade. You would think that it would be as easy as heading to Walmart and grabbing a lamp shade, think again!
So started the online search! I checked Wayfair, but I didn’t want to spend that much, so I just started scrolling through Amazon. I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted. At first I was thinking a drum shade but I was having a hard time finding one that would work as a hanging shade that would fit over the light socket. Then I came upon an an industrial pendant light, that was only $12.99.
There were several issues with it, one being the colour and two being how I was going get it over the light socket. I figured for $12.99 I could try to MacGyver it and if it didn’t work out, for that price I wouldn’t be too upset.
The pendant came in two pieces, the bottom piece I tested and it worked perfectly. It was the top piece that was going to be a problem, the hole in the top of it was the size of a wire and it needed to fit over the light socket.
The only thing I could think of was to make the hole big enough that the socket would fit through. So I got out my Dremel and started hacking away with it! Let me tell you, it was a complete mess and looked like hell, I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I had to use a little rotary cutting blade and made several crisscrossing cuts then I used a tile cutting bit to cut off all pieces. Once I got the hole kind of circular I used an aluminum oxide grinding stone to smooth out the edges and round out the hole, as best I could. I finished off with a wire brush to really smooth all the edges. The hole is kinda wonky but close enough and hopefully no one gets close enough to notice!
With the hole cut I just needed to paint the shade. I opted for a gold-ish colour on the inside, the paint I used for my brackets on my reclaimed shelves, and black on the outside.
Once it was dry, it was time to see if the $12.99 shade was a success. I think it looks pretty dang good, what do you think?
Now that I can finally get rid of the table lamp on top of the aquarium I think I am going to have to rearrange some things. The lamp is too close to my fiddle leaf, it looks awkward over the fish tank, we’ve tried the light in the other corner (opposite the fiddle leaf) and it’s just not bright enough. Oh God, what have I started!!
Check back to find out, I’ve already started building something lol!