I recently decided I hate these:

ugly, right?

ugly, right?

So I wanted something great in, like, 10 minutes. Because I have what my husband calls a short attention span.

I also wanted something cheap since the aforementioned husband is great at a lot of things, but electricity is not one of them. And I didn’t want to hire anyone for the job.

So I found some inexpensive shades at IKEA and bought them. I came through the door, barely acknowledged my children, pulled out a kitchen chair, took off the old, ugly fixture and shoved on the new, cheap IKEA shade.  Upside down of course – because that’s the only way I could make it work. And God knows I was not going back to IKEA.  Sometimes having a short attention span really pays off.

But the guts of the light were showing, which I didn’t like. Neither did James, my 9 year-old. I believe he said: “that looks horrible, mom.”

Um – okay.

My mom was in town, busy ironing my new curtains made out of tablecloths (more on that later) and she was delicately dancing between being supportive and rolling her eyes. When I mentioned a coffee filter as a potential diffuser for light fixture, she said “hmm, maybe,” but I knew it was just to appease me.

Still, in an effort to support me, she came up with the parchment paper idea. Brilliant!


diy light fixture from a short attention span person like myself

In a nutshell:

  1. Remove the old ugly glass cover of the ceiling fixture
  2. Spit out all the dead bugs and dust that fall into your mouth
  3. Wash the old ugly glass cover and use it for something else: like a serving bowl, frisbee, or very large soap dish
  4. Lay out some parchment paper
  5. Place the small side of the IKEA shade on the paper, trace with a pencil (I used a crayon because that’s all I could find)
  6. Carefully cut out the circle and glue it on the shade with clear glue dots (found at craft stores)
  7. Totally kidding! Like I have those?! I used the crusty glue from the kids’ backpacks
  8. Once the glue sets, manhandle the shade back on to the fixture and poof – a new, not-so-ugly fixture for under $15


  • the parchment paper hides the components of the light AND reduces the glare on my crow's feet - bonus!

    the parchment paper hides the components of the light AND reduces the glare on my crow’s feet – bonus!