IKEA Hack Chandelier

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Check out our new dining room light.  Fun, huh?  It’s actually an IKEA light – less than $100.  I originally envisioned this light in our bedroom (here’s our bedroom makeover).  But I ultimately decided to keep the fan in there and decided to put this pretty chandelier in our purple dining room instead!


We broke in the new light with a pizza party!


Mmmm.  Pizza.


Anyway, when we bought the house, there was this circa 1990s light in the dining room (which was also a lovely forest green).   Wowza.  Instead of buying a new light, we opted to spray paint it oil-rubbed bronze, which actually looked pretty nice and served as a decent placeholder for the last three years.

light transformation

I got the idea to buy the IKEA Stockholm light and “hack” it into a different shape (it should be more narrow and long) thanks to this Apartment Therapy post.  This is the shape of the original light.


I’m still playing around with the shape – you can pull the ‘wands’ out and move them around – but really like this one.  I think it looks futuristic and I like that I’ve left it not perfectly symmetrical.


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  • Erica {Erica@EricaDHouse.com} August 13, 2015, 7:26 am

    Love the light! Wish we had an Ikea nearby (although it’s probably good for my wallet that we don’t!)

  • Grace @ Diary of a Running Snail August 13, 2015, 9:42 am

    I love the chandelier! I’m looking at something similar and love that you can change the arms of this light to fit what you want! IKEA wins again!! I also love the purple of your dining room – so modern, fun and unique!

  • Amanda August 13, 2015, 11:30 am

    What a cool idea! I can’t wait to buy a house so we can play around with stuff like this 😀

  • Amy @ Happy Healthy RD August 13, 2015, 11:53 am

    Ha! Our house came with that exact brass chandelier! It had to go immediately. I love your new addition – lighting can make just a difference. It looks great!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 13, 2015, 12:32 pm

    Gosh that is gorgeous! I love it!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 13, 2015, 1:24 pm

    Yeah, that looks great!! It’s funny how something as simple as a light fixture can make a world of difference in a room.

  • Tracy August 13, 2015, 8:57 pm

    I’m looking for a rug just like the one in your dining room! Where did you get it??

    • Caitlin August 14, 2015, 9:19 am

      Overstock but I wouldn’t recommend it – it sheds!

  • Veronica August 14, 2015, 9:08 am

    I need this in my life!! Ahhhhh!

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