Ugly Duckling Dining Room {Blogging Without Borders}: Lighting

I really need another day to update you fully on my Ugly Duckling Dining Room lighting.  You know as part of our Blogging Without Borders project?  If you’re new around here, you might want to check out my project here and the progress here.  It’s fun to see it coming together!

So you might actually get a bonus post later this week on more lighting!  But there is definitely progress on this front, so I’ll go ahead and share where I am along with a sneak peek of what I’m thinking (scary!).

Remember these?

thrifty finds

My $6.99 lampshades from Tuesday morning… woo hoo!  I wanted to update the shades on the buffet lamps that grace my grandmother’s buffet, and I thought these were just the ladies to accomplish that.

dining room buffet lamps

I was really taken with their shape… updated but still on the traditional side.  I just didn’t think a modern drum shade would be quite right.

dining room buffet lamps

The scale is perfect.

dining room buffet lamps

This about sums up the improvement!!

dining room buffet lamps

So not very exciting, I know, but I’m happy with this simple change!

Now, for the overhead lighting quest… I’m hopeful I’ve drilled down on a cool solution.  As you know, I’m enamored with this look:


And now I’m acquainted with this nifty device from Ikea…

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest


So it’s off to Ikea I go today… in hopes I can rock out an overhead lighting solution this week. 🙂 Of course, you’ll be the first second to know!

Don’t forget to check out all my bloggy friends who are stretching their own comfort zones in our Blogging Without Borders challenge!

Amy @ Buffalo Roam, Dana @ Crafted Niche, Jaime @ Crafty Scrappy Happy, Heidi @ Décor & More, Tisha @ Delectable Home, Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage, Kirby @ Kirb Appeal, Holly @ Life as a Thrifter, Cassie @ Primitive & Proper, Debbie @ ReFresh ReStyle, Jessica @ Stay At Home-ista, Karah @ the space between, Laura @ Top This Top That and Kelly @ View Along the Way.

Happy Monday, friends! What are you working on??


  1. Love the lamp shades and lighting idea. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  2. ooooh cannot wait to see the new overhead lighting!!!

  3. I love the new scale of the shades. If only I could find $6.99 lampshades I would totally make some switches around here:)


  4. Very nice!! I would kill to have an Ikea closer to me. *sigh*

  5. Ohhh I can’t wait to see the new overhead lighting you come up with!!

  6. Shades are very important – the wrong one can ruin the whole room! And I adore that glass pendant!

  7. What great thrifty finds! They look fantastic!

  8. Cannot wait. Good luck at Ikea!!

  9. Hahaha, even new lampshades count. And when you showed the shape my first thought was to trace it to make a form for a matching stencil … that ‘ugly duckling’ is going to be a swan soon!! 🙂

  10. It’s amazing the difference a lampshade can make! It looks great! Now my mind is working overtime with all the wonderful lighting possibilities I could do with the nifty Ikea thingy!

  11. Love the shades, can’t wait to see the light!

  12. The shades are such an improvement. I’ve been thinking about DIYing those vase-light things, so I’m excited to see how you do it!

  13. HA! There ya go 😉 I am so behind. My chair looks exactly the same… I am secretly hoping no one notices I an absent. Not enough time in the day over here! Yikes.


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