In terms of basic overhead lighting, Alison's fixtures were unoffensive and unobtrusive. But that didn't mean she didn't want more style from them. Inspired by a $750 fixture, she used some spray paint and skewers to create a flush focal point:
My inspiration was the Global Views Sunburst light fixture in gold. I loved it when I saw it online, but it costs a stomach-churning $750 (yeah, hell no). Over the past few years, a bunch of high-quality-looking DIY starburst mirrors and lights have popped up on the web that use paint sticks or bamboo skewers, so I decided to try that technique with my ceiling light.
I bought a 75-pack of 12” bamboo skewers (~$5) and a can of Rust-Oleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish (~$8) in gold, then spray-painted the skewers and the circular collar of the light fixture. I knew that I wanted the sunburst rays to be as thickly clustered as possible since that would make it look richer, so I roughed out a pattern with 12 terminal points (like a clock), then clipped the ends of the skewers to approximately the right lengths.
Then I reattached the electrical and the fixture base, leaving the base slightly loose, then stuck in the skewers by hand, starting with the 12 terminal points and then back-filling the Vs. (I was originally going to glue them, but they ended up staying in place just by pressure.) When I was finished, I tightened the screws holding the fixture up as much as possible, then made some small adjustments to even out the pattern.
The arranging did take a couple of hours and caused some neck cricks, but I really love the way it turned out! It's low-profile so people don't always notice it, but nobody ever guesses it’s made of such simple materials! And $13 beats $750 any day of the week.
Thank you Alison!