Have you ever noticed how a simple thing like switching out a light fixture can change the entire look of a room? The only problem is light fixtures cost so much money! That’s why this girl is obsessed with creating and fixing up old light fixtures! Well, that and I prefer being creative instead of spending said fortune on something I can upcycle. Sure, it would be easier to go out and buy a new light fixture, but where is the challenge in that?! In my humble opinion, there are great opportunities for creativity in searching for interesting objects to turn into one of a kind pieces. To learn how I turned an old tornado siren into our entry way light fixture, keep on reading!
When we were back in Missouri in January visiting family, I asked them to take me antiquing. Seriously, check out Missouri for some amazing pieces if you are into antiquing, it’s so much fun! My mother-in-law and I were walking the aisles when we stumbled onto this old tornado siren for $40. I immediately fell in love and grabbed this baby up. I carried it up to my father-in-law and husband showing it off like a trophy. They looked at me like I was absolutely insane, which is fair. There is a thin line between creativity and insanity, right? I often go back and forth between the two!
Anyway, after I explaining what I wanted to do with the piece, they both still looked at me crazy but were willing to put up with my shenanigans. This included creating a special box for my 10lb huge metal siren to be carried on the plane home. Have I also mentioned I am stubborn and determined?
Once home, all we had to do was transform this siren into an entryway light. This was a pretty easy project. Please note for safety purposes: it is incredibly important to use a proper electrician when installing light fixtures, especially antiques or transformed pieces.
Here are the steps I took to turn this ugly duckling into a swan:
1. I knew I wanted to hang Edison bulbs from inside the siren “bell”. To do this, I ordered these hanging light strands from Amazon, Purchase here.
2. The light strands I ordered were a bit too long for how I wanted them to hang, so I trimmed and shortened each of the seven wires with a razor knife, to my desired length.
3. I drilled a hole at the top of the tornado speaker “bell” in order to properly hang it, using a ¼ inch drill.
4. After using the drill, I used a damp cloth to remove all of the dust and debris. I then sprayed it with a polyurethane protective coat to prevent further rust.
5. The previous entry way light had an attached chain. I left this chain in place, but removed the actual decorative piece from the previous light fixture. Using the same chain, I hung the bell and mounted the strands of lights on the inside.
Now get out there and be creative! What can you turn into a one of a kind piece? Always remember though, safety first!
For more inspiration, check out the first post in my light fixture series here!