We just moved into our house that we have been renting out for several years and I noticed a few things are outdated. I hated the 70's era chandelier over the dining room table because of the smoked glass. I thought of replacing it with clear, textured stained glass to get more light. I was told what I wanted would cost about $400. For this much, I could replace most of the fixtures in the whole house! We do not have the budget right now to do this.
As we were replacing broken acrylic panels over the florescent lights in the basement, I got an idea. I bought a 2 x 2 foot acrylic panel and cut it with a utility knife to the size of the smoked glass pieces. I drilled a hole in each and hung them. You can see how much more light there is because the background of the picture got so much darker. It sparkles like diamonds now, too.
Total cost: $3.97!
By lhegs from Green Bay, WI
Excellent frugal makeover! :-)
Love it. That was smart thinking on your part!
What a smart way to improve upon the old chandelier! You must be very "crafty" in other areas too.
Thanks for sharing with us!
How smart you are, and what a nice difference your ingenuity made.
Thanks for sharing your great idea. I'm betting others will make good use of it.
Fabulous! I am so very impressed and it looks great! It no longer looks dated. Now it is very chic! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
That is great! You have my vote!
What a great idea! Makes me want to try to do something to my "80's" chandeliers.
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