I have been seeing these round orb lights everywhere. Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and Ballard Design all have them. I WANT ONE but not for those prices. I can’t justify spending $499.00 for a light!!!! But more power to ya if ya do! So what is a girl to do. Make one.
I found this orb looking thing a local thrift shop. I suppose it was a decorative item that you sit around but when I saw it, I saw an orb light! Can you see it?
I used my handy dandy step ladder to hang the light and orb from and primed them while hanging. Genius, I know! Don’t tell me you do this too, I like to think I thought of it first haha!
I searched high and low for the perfect lighting “guts” to put inside the decorative orb however I was not finding the right thing. Then I remembered I saved the guts from this pretty little thing. (I almost got rid of them, what a crime that would have been.)
So I took the “guts” of the light apart and those little white decorative plastic pieces that fit around the base of the lights and I spray primed those too.
After the primer dried, I spray painted everything in Rust-Oleum “Metallic”. I did 2 coats of this to cover the primer really well.
After this was all said and done I squeezed the light inside the bars of the orb. I then had to figure out how to attach the light to the orb so that when it hung it all stayed in place.
I went out and bought some chain links and sprayed them the same color and then weaved the lighting wire in and out each of the links.
I took one of the links out and then placed it around the top of the orb to prevent the lighting wire from moving up and down. This way when you hang the light from the ceiling, the lighting unit inside won’t move. see how the link is horizontal to keep everything in place:)
Next, I spray painted a little more to cover the gold covered lighting wires so they would blend in better. You can see them peeking out in the picture above. I then spray painted the ceiling plate to cover the wires when hung from the ceiling. This plate I bought and was super gold so it needed painted.
The other little piece in the above photo fits through the hole in the ceiling plate and holds the topmost link on it. Once the light is wired into the ceiling this will look seamless.
And the final product. Not such a nice background but you get the idea. Isn’t she a beauty!! I am pretty sure it could rival the more expensive ones…right??? The hardest part of making this was figuring out how to get the light to stay in the orb but I made it work and I LOVE IT!!!! Hope you do too.