When we moved into our house almost 2 years ago I knew I was going to have to either replace the light fixtures in the bathrooms or redo them myself. I found this post written by Lauren at Bless’er House about upgrading a builders grade light fixture with mason jars. She did such a good job explaining the process for this that I kind of hate to do a tutorial as well. If you want to see how she did this make sure to pop on over the Bless’er House and check it out. Her site is beautiful!
I have admit that I have a huge thing for mason jars. I tell people I collected them before they were popular. My basement has at least 100 mason jars. Some have been used for actual canning, but the rest I save for decorating or using as drinking jars.
I couldn’t believe I forgot to get a before picture of my old light fixtures before I got started. I managed to get them both redone before I remembered. I guess you will have to use your imagination. Sorry about that.
To get started on this project you need to remove your light fixture from the wall. I had to have my hubby do this since I have zero experience with electrical work. Then I gathered all my tools. For this project you will need the flange from the light, a flat from the canning jar (I forgot to get it in the photo), a canning ring, a nail. hammer and marker.
This photo is the best I have of what my light looked like before I painted it. Can you see the mirror piece in the center? The rest of it was a lovely chrome color. EVERYTHING got painted, including the mirror.
Take apart your light fixture and get rid o the ugly glass shades it likely came with. Lay the light as well as your canning rings out on a tarp and spray them with whatever color spray paint you choose.
I decided to go with Rust-Oleum’s oil rubbed bronze.
Once you have everything laid out and painted let it have several hours to dry before you hang it back up.
Next place the white flange on top of the canning flat and trace around it. The canning flat is the secret to making this whole project hold together. When I first tried adding a canning jar to my light I didn’t know I needed this and it did not work at all.
For the next step place the flat and ring onto a canning jar to make pounding holes into it much easier. I held the jar between my knees. Take a nail or a drill and make holes all the way around the traced circle. This is the hardest part of the whole project. Although it really isn’t that hard.
Once you are done pop the inner circle out of the flat and do your best with gloved fingers or a hammer to flatten out the outside ring a bit. Be CAREFUL the 2 circles are very sharp.
At this point you should have something that looks like the ring on the left. I know it is not pretty to look at, but you will never see it once you are finished.
The picture on the right shows you the order you need to put everything back onto your light.
1.) Canning ring
2.) Canning flat
4.) Light bulb
5.) Mason jar
I had hoped to use Edison bulbs for a more vintage feel, but was not willing to pay $5 or more per bulb when I was redoing two light fixtures. I opted instead for a classic chandelier bulb.
I may also switch out the mason jars in the master bathroom for these fun seeded glass shades I found at Lowe’s. That way I have 2 different light fixtures.
There you have it. A completely custom looking light fixture. Sorry about the color of the metal. I promise it looks a lot better in person. It was just very difficult to get a quality photo in a bathroom without any windows. Hopefully someday soon my pictures will improve when I can upgrade from a phone camera.
This entire project cost me a total of about $12. Just the cost of the spray paint and light bulbs. I would say that is a steal for 2 light fixture!