My Homage to Tom Dixon

Someone recently remarked to me that designers and their blogs live in an untouchable world where everything is perfect and beautiful. Well, I’m sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but not all is as it seems. Designers like things, they fall in love, and often (very far too often) those things fall outside of the project budget. Just like projects, designers’ homes can fall outside of a budget quite quickly. I have had an affinity for Tom Dixon’s Beat lighting series for quite some time and would sell my soul to be able to afford the Beat Light Fat for my home.

Then it dawned on me, I must be able to take my inspiration from Mr. Dixon and make it my own.

A bit of inter-web sleuthing, and I found the perfect fixture to make it my own at one of the major blue and yellow big box stores. I knew I would need a touch of gold, so I headed over to the orange big box store for a can of antique brass spray paint. I was ready.

The Room

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Not so bad, really, with the view of English Bay, the constant amazing sunsets, and the ocean breeze but it is boring, or sterile.

The Light Fixture

Not naming the retailer but you get the point. This bad boy is going to be AMAZING when I'm through with it.

Not naming the retailer but you get the point. This bad boy is going to be AMAZING when I’m through with it.

The Preparation

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I carefully taped up the gun-metal finish I wanted to keep using the existing plastic the fixture was wrapped in. I took care to also wrap the socket because nobody has time to clean up that after!

The Spray

After I found a spot away from vehicles, property, and anything else that overspray could cause damage to, I gave the pendant hood interior a quick spray.

After I found a spot away from vehicles, property, and anything else that overspray could cause damage to, I gave the pendant hood interior a quick spray.

After letting the initial coat dry for about five minutes I completed the spray with a 45 minute drying way before I even moved or touched them.

After letting the initial coat dry for about five minutes I completed the spray with a 45 minute drying way before I even moved or touched them.

The Result

Alright, so I cheated a bit an swapped out a lamp and shade and remounted a photo, but hey, a designer does what a designer does and now this dining area was warmed up for about forty bucks and some sweat equity.

Alright, so I cheated a bit an swapped out a lamp and shade and remounted a photo, but hey, a designer does what a designer does and now this dining area was warmed up for about forty bucks and some sweat equity.

Where’s the other fixture? It’s in the kitchen now!

DisclaimerDo not attempt to replace lighting fixtures without the experts, your Red-Seal Electrician.

 


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