Lights are necessary, but that's no reason why they can't be fun! Just changing out old light fixtures can instantly change the feel of a space. The challenging part isn't finding lighting, it's finding budget friendly lighting.
Here's some inspiration, enjoy!
Ikea Barometer Lamp $64.99
(comes in nickel plated, red and white)
Ikea Kroby Lamp $39.99
Ikea Jonsbo Egby Table Lamp $29.99
Ikea Smart Table Lamp $19.99
Ikea Horby Ceiling Light $49.99
Ikea PS Maskros Hanging Light $99.99
Ikea PS Vana Hanging Light $79.99
Ikea Lillholmen Wall Light $15.99
As you can see, I love Ikea for lighting. How could you not, there's just so many options. Also they have tonnes of funky shades for every taste.
If your looking for lamps I would also recomend checking out HomeSense or Winners. I've had some luck there as well.
Looking for a unique, one of a kind light? Don't forget to check out your local thrift store. They often have some very unique looking lamps and light fixtures that don't break the bank.
For thrift store lamps give this a try,
How to refinish a glazed ceramic lamp:
1. Find a lamp with good bones or shape (don't forget to try the electrical before buying!).
2. Wash and dry the lamp thoroughly. Sand the ceramic part down using very fine grit sandpaper so you rough up the surface a bit (helps the paint adhere). Wipe down lamp to get rid of dust.
3. Cover any electrical parts with a plastic bag and tape it up.
4. Prime the surface of the lamp with Krylon Spray Primer(or any spray paint primer you prefer). Spray paint is available at Home Depot, Rona or Michaels. You will need to do a few light coats to prime it fully. (Don't put it on too heavy or you'll end up with drips). Don't forget to be in a well vetilated place!!
5. After the primer is all dry, spray the primed lamp with the desired spray paint. (I used Krylon gloss spray paint). Be patient, it's probably going to take a few coats!
6. To seal the lamp use Krylon Clear Glossy Finish and allow to dry overnight, again in a well vetilated space.
7. Sit back and enjoy your handywork! Don't forget to get a shade for your new lamp!
Right now I am on the hunt for the perfect lamp to redo. I have done 1 in the past and it turned out great. (sorry no pics, I no longer have the lamp) Once I find the perfect lamp, you guys will be the first to know and I'll have pics!