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I have this special talent for finding and falling in love with expensive things. I have a knack for it, really- if you need someone to come with you to a store to pinpoint the most expensive item (with price tags hidden, of course), I am your girl.
Strangely, I haven’t found much use for this gem of a talent.
This draw to expensive things, however, does inspire many of our projects around here. I show Adam the copper light that I’ve fallen for that is $600 (not exaggerating) and we start brainstorming a way to make a copper light for less.
Luckily, these OTTAVA pendant lights from IKEA have a great barn light-esque shape (and a $29.99 price tag… yep, that means that we spent $60 for both of our pendants!), just minus the copper shimmer I was hoping for. And so our copper barn light IKEA hack was born.
And, bonus, this little IKEA hack is the perfect metallic addition to our current Winter Whites series!
Want to make one too?
First get your OTTAVA light fixture out and separated into all of its parts. Using masking tape (or painters tape), cover all of the non-aluminum hardware. Similarly, tape off both the top and bottom 6″ of cord (so that the spray paint doesn’t splash onto the cord).
We ended up buying (and using) both antique and shiny copper spray paint- we used the rustic paint as a base/primer and sprayed the shiny copper spray paint on top (allowing it to dry overnight betweeen coats). However, I’m not certain that the base coat is necessary- I think that a couple coats of the shiny paint would probably suffice (but, just so you know, the two-coats-in-different-finishes is what we did, and that worked too).
Once all of the parts are sprayed (and allowed to dry for a day or two), reassemble and hang!
That’s it. One shiny, copper-y, barn light for a kitchen near you! Or, go for broke (err, $30 more bucks) and make a pair. Lovely!
Be sure to check out more Winter Whites goodness (a supercute upcycled baby coat) over at Delia Creates!