You may have the same problem I have. Boob lights.
That is the official DIY blogger term for these simple flushmount lights that are so popular with builders and budget renovations. I get it, they are cheap and they get the job done. But they are so not awesome. And I like awesome more than not awesome. And I light my light fixtures not to resemble awkward anatomy.
I purchased two drum lamp shades at home goods on clearance for $12 a piece (originally $14 & $16, so even without the sale they won't break the bank). One is a cool white and the other is called "gray" but it is really "greige." It is important for converting a boob light to a flushmount drum light that the shade be a spider shade. That means it has the rods that criss cross across the top of the drum.
Option 1: Just screw it.
All I did was screw the shade onto the pole with the nut (too many awkward words).
That is all there is to it. The threading on the metal went all the way up, so I just tightened it until the shade sat right below the light bulbs. If you look underneath, you can see the bulbs, but with the layout of this room specifically. it isn't noticeable, and l like the grayish color inside the shade shining through.
So many projects in the works for our bedroom! Those Euro shams and gold link pillow are new. Stay tuned!
Option 2: Put a filter on it.
If you want a little bit more finished look, it's easy peasy and doesn't add much cost.
For the hallway, I purchased half a yard of white muslin fabric for less than $2 at Joann Fabrics, and a roll of piping (or ribbon that looks like piping.)
Then, use some Craft Glue and line the rim of the shade.
Tip: line up the start of the ribbon with the part of the shade that fold on top of each other.
Some shades already have piping when you purchase them, in which case you could easily just remove the existing piping and then reapply.
Finally, to get the shade onto the light fixture, you will need to attach the little nut that came from the fixture to the hole in the "spider" part of the shade with a sturdy glue that will bond metals (like heavy duty super glue).
Let it set for a few minutes, and then screw that shade onto the pole (you will probably have to twist several dozen times to get it up far enough.)
Total cost: $15 Shade: $12 Fabric: $2 Ribbon: $3
Pretty simple, huh? I would love to be able to exchange every boob light for a beautiful, unique creation like the one in the office, but this simple fix is a major update on a dime, and I am happy with that!
What do you think?