Glamming Up Boring Ceiling Fixtures // DIY Feather Light

black feathers diy dining room lighitng fixture

Do you remember the black feather wreath I hung on the front door as part of our Halloween decor? {click here for a refresher} …well the other day as I was pondering light fixtures for our dining room {we have a boring, boob-like, ceiling fixture} I randomly held the feather wreath around the base of the “boob” and kind of fell in love. Since I don’t really want to bother with installing a new light fixture in this area, and don’t really want anything hanging low because it will compete with our Phrena pendant lamp in the living room, the feathers add the perfect touch, updating what’s already there for relatively little cost {feather wreath:$30, adhesive mounting squares: $6}

Here’s What You’ll Need…

diy feather light fixture+dining room lighting

* I swapped out the semi-eco-energy saving light bulb for a small CFL {bottom right above} to keep the heat down …just to be safe. I wanted to go with LED but the one I bought wasn’t bright enough. Since the wreath just goes around the base of this fixture, I’ll have no problem switching out bulbs if necessary. If possible, I’d ultimately like to find a brighter LED.

cfl eco light bulb in ceiling light fixture

* This wreath is rather light; feathers adhered to a black foam circle. Using these foam adhesives is really the easiest option because even though they say they’re permanent, they are relatively easy to remove if I wanted to …hopefully leaving the ceiling paint in tact.

DIY feather ceiling light fixture-dining room lighting

* Once you peel off all the back of the sticky foam, press up to the ceiling and hold for a minute, making sure the adhesives are “stuck”

And… Voila!

dining room ceiling fixture - before

feather dining room ceiling fixture light lamp - after

* The “before” shot actually doesn’t look that bad but let me assure you that this small ceiling fixture doesn’t belong over a dining room table. It’s very reminiscent of apartment or hotel lighting… which is totally fine in those settings but you need a little drama over the dining room table, in my opinion {not to mention, I have the same fixtures in the kitchen & the bathroom}

feather light in the dining room

Dining Room Progress // note: this is our old dining room

dining room+table with bench+bar+feather ceiling light diy

thanksgiving tabletop+dining room+tables with benches+holiday table decorating+decorarting with ikat and antlers+DIY table

* I’ll be working on an art project this weekend for either side of the mini bar/booze display & still contemplating whether to keep these old chairs or replace them …but I’m loving it so far.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • ~L~ of Avid Accents

    November 10, 2010 |

    i was wondering about the heat until i kept reading. This project is too cute. perfect for my Diva bedroom idea (currently stored in my head)

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  • Sing

    November 10, 2010 |

    Great idea. It does look really glammed up now.

  • Golden Winstor

    November 10, 2010 |

    I like it ! It’s sooo beautiful ! <3


    November 10, 2010 |

    It definitely looks glam!

  • Daniela

    November 10, 2010 |

    looks great! Love the little pumpkin decor 😉

  • Love + Marriage

    November 10, 2010 |

    Maegan – crazy that you posted this. I just came back from Joann’s where I bought a peacock feather wreath for $10! When I picked it up, I thought it was so “you.” I get back to my desk and I see this post in my reader. We are on the same wavelength today!

  • Katie

    November 10, 2010 |

    That turned out great!

  • LahTeaDah

    November 10, 2010 |

    Your too much! I love your DIY’s – They all freakin rock!

    DOnt mind if I do – I have about 26 of these Wreaths at home… thanks to my Wedding being on December 6th and of the Theme Chic Outdoors!

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  • In this wonderful life...

    November 10, 2010 |

    how fun! so cute!!

  • Alicia

    November 10, 2010 |

    Oh my goodness I really love this idea!! What great inspiration 😉

  • CaliforniaCandy

    November 10, 2010 |

    Genius idea! And I love mini bar in the corner too…

  • Anonymous

    November 10, 2010 |

    LOVE THE CHAIRS! YOU SHOULD KEEP THEM! I’m going to try the feather idea on a spare room light fixture.

  • T.

    November 10, 2010 |

    That’s so cool!!

  • TK Kerouac

    November 11, 2010 |



    November 11, 2010 |

    Dearest Meagan,
    thanks so much for your DIY tips.
    I LOVE this one and with all the left-over halloween boa’s out there, this is a thrifty one !
    I rarely leave comments, as I am a “baby” blog, but you are one of my Blog Superhero’s !
    Retro Reva

  • Anonymous

    November 11, 2010 |

    wow! what a super easy and super chic DIY. It does really glam up the room.

  • Fallon

    November 11, 2010 |

    Love this! What a clever Idea. I have a similar light fixture in my bathroom that doesnt work at all. this might be just the perfect cover up for the ugly non functioning fixture 😉

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living

    November 11, 2010 |

    So glam and easy. I love how you have a bench on one side and the chairs on the other too!

  • Veronika

    November 11, 2010 |

    i love with your dining room~!

  • StyleCake

    November 11, 2010 |

    What an amazing DIY – gonna need to try this soon..

  • Cristina @FUJI FILES

    November 11, 2010 |

    I loove the tiny pumpkins on your table! I must try this 😉
    And the diy was brilliant, reminds me of a feather lighting fixture I saw on apartment therapy I’ll try to find it.

  • Lisa Petrarca

    November 11, 2010 |

    Maegan…you definitely didn’t miss out on the creative gene!

    SO COOL!

    Tomorrow my sons game is on t.v. AND he is now the running back on Varsity (yikes)! If you & hubby are home, tune in & root for Edison #26 (Elijah Herrera).

    Ummm say a little prayer for me…I’m gonna be STRESSED!LOL!

  • Brit-Chick Writing Brit-Flick

    November 11, 2010 |

    Any tips on what to wear in LA in December? Have never visited in winter before, no real idea of weather, panicking slightly! x

  • Jill

    November 11, 2010 |

    Do you like Blue? The sapphire blue of the liquor bottle really adds a pop of color. Maybe you could bring more blue in somewhere. Maybe a large glass piece on the dining room table.

    The feather boa is great. Have I told you this before? I have three white ones that I use on my Christmas tree.

  • Fashion Butter

    November 11, 2010 |

    Check out Toshiba LEDs. We have been really happy with them. 🙂

  • anhesty

    November 11, 2010 |

    that’s so cute! very girly. and as for the chairs, you should keep them and do some DIY work on them to spruce them up. they are great chairs.

  • Anonymous

    November 11, 2010 |

    So cute but I’m still wary of it being a fire hazard.

    You are so creative, you should be an interior designer.

  • CessOviedo

    November 11, 2010 |

    OMG! that is one glam perfect lamp! Great idea! … love the curtains as well!

  • Antonia

    November 11, 2010 |

    OMG, I can’t believe you made it yourself! You’re so creative and artful.. Your dining room looks great, what a perfect composition!

  • Anonymous

    November 11, 2010 |

    Are you sure that the feathers won’t catch on fire from the heat? Just a warning because I put stuff around my lamp previously and it caught alight.

  • Maegan

    November 13, 2010 |

    I’m pretty sure the CFL light bulbs don’t radiate enough heat to warm the glass cover, let alone catch the feathers on fire …BUT, I’m worried about it too which is why I’m looking for an LED light which puts out even less heat than the CFLs

  • madame b fatale

    November 15, 2010 |

    Love it!! (just commented on the bench post and noticed them)

  • Ellen

    September 20, 2011 |

    wow! That’s fabulous! It rocks!

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