The Ceiling Light Update
Here is what I did. I first removed the existing glass dome diffuser and tried to lock the lampshade fitting to that pipe at the center. The bulbs were hitting the fitting so it obviously needed to be extended.
I didn’t know what that pipe is called so I brought that pipe to Canadian Tire. And I asked one of the staff to help me out. I just explained what I needed to happen. So now I know their names and I will tell you just in case you are like me and have no name for the parts.
A pipe nipple is that pipe with the grooves. Yes, not a typo. A coupling is the piece that connects the 2 nipples.
I used only one pipe nipple to extend it enough so that the lamp fitting doesn’t hit the bulbs. The two pipes were connected with the use of a coupling.
Because I could not attach the lampshade very close to the ceiling, now the problem was that the bulbs were showing from the top.
So I figured I have to place some extension all around the top of the lampshade. I got some old fabric placemat and folded it in three, lengthwise. Then I cut it.
I used Aleene’s Stiffen Quik fabric stiffener to make the pieces firmer and stand more upright. I applied about 3 coats, allowing it dry completely before spraying the next coat.
Then, I used hot glue to attach the ends of the fabric to the ends of the top shade.
I overlapped the fabric strips as I connected the lengths all around the top frame.
I used a craft wire to attach the bottom lamp fitting to the top lampshade’s fitting.
Attaching The Lampshade
As I was getting ready to attach the lampshade to the pipe nipple, my hubby said he had a brighter idea. He had scrap wire which was thicker and stiffer. He bent both sides and hooked the ends to the the lamp fittings. I thought it was a way better idea, too! So, I cut off the previous wire.
Now, you have 2 options. If you don’t have a thick wire gauge then you could do the first method.
I only needed a couple of inches extension from the second pipe nipple. It served it’s purpose because I was able to hang the lampshade where the bulbs at the top were not showing and the fitting isn’t hitting the bulbs. Another coupling was used under the first lamp fitting to secure and lock it as shown in the photo.
And that is it, pretty quick and easy to do. I must say, I love how it turned out!
Don’t you think you should give this ceiling update diy a shot? I think so.