upcycled fluorescent light

Upcycled Shop Light

I’m in the process of updating our small laundry room/mudroom on a tight budget, and I had to figure out a way to make the ugly fluorescent light fixture look good with what we had instead of buying a newer, prettier fixture. My solution? Paint and hang old CDs from the light cover!
I’m happy with the results and sad that I can’t get a photo to do it justice.

How to update a shop light with CDs

1. Lay 21 old CDs on a drop cloth–irridescent side down–and apply three coats of spray paint (allow the paint to dry fully between coats).
2. Drizzle a contrasting color over the painted CDs. I used the lid of the can of paint to drizzle black paint over the yellow CDs.
3. Drill 21 holes in the shop light cover at regular intervals.
4. Drill a hole in each of the CDs close to the edge.
5. Cut 21 pieces of thread and tie a bead at the end of each piece. Poke the thread through the holes in the shop light cover.
6. Tie the other end of each thread to a CD at alternating lenghts.

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Stay tuned for a complete transformation of our laundry room including: a faux stainless steel counter, storage ideas, diy mirrored cabinets, and quick french windows.

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