Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sisal Drum Shade

There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the light in this mini-mudroom garage entryway, except that I don't especially like the way it looks. I searched for "how to cover a light fixture" and found many ideas for hanging a drum shade over an existing fixture. So, I hunted around the house and garage for things that could be shaped into a drum shade without needing to go out and buy anything. My version of this simple lighting disguise tricks is: a garden mesh and sisal rope drum shade hooked to the ceiling.

This drum shade was free using things I found around our house and a wire cutting tool I borrowed from my brother.
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  • Garden mesh (already owned)
  • Sisal rope (already owned)
  • Garbage twist ties (already owned)
  • Brass hooks (already owned)
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  • Shears and a boxcutter (already owned)
  • Wire cutter (already owned)
  • Ladder (already owned)

Numbered Process

See these steps in Portable Document Format (.pdf)

I love how the sisal adds some warmth to an otherwise cool space and helps connect the wood-toned colors of my mom's downstairs kitchen with those in our modern up-stairs apartment.

Next, I'm sharing our little task and chore wall, which is just a place where I can write down what I need to do, hang a broom and a mop.

May 2014

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Natasha in Oz


  1. Your post is so cool-I love the step-by-step tutorial! Thanks for sharing and well done on a great job.

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could pop by and share your post at my weekly Say G'Day Saturday linky party. It's on now and this would be a wonderful addition.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a note, Natasha. I would be pleased to join your link party (with such a cute name). =D

  2. Wow! Super creative! Amazing that you made it with what you had. Using the wire from the twist ties is genius! :D

    1. Thank you so much for your continued kindness. :) My husband doesn't call me creative when I scrounge around for random stuff and put them together in a project. He calls me "scarily cheap." Haha! When I glued the wood louvers to make wainscoting, my entire family thought I went off the deep end.

  3. So creative, love it! The tutorial is awesome, and your drum shade is beautiful! I like your sewing bobbin analogy too, it does remind me of a bobbin. :)

    1. Thank you, Joanne! My right hand in that photo has a fairly large scar from a deep frying accident (that sent me to the ER). I was tempted not to include it, but I needed to explain the bobbin analogy. :) Just a fun fact, I guess. Haha.

  4. What a cool drumshade. I LOVE it! I agree that it is adding some nice warm light to the space. Looks terrific!!!

    1. Oh, thank you, Katja. :) I was so glad to have found the sisal rope in storage and thought it must have been in storage at least 10 years.


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