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Mid Century-Eclectic-Industrial. Is that a category?



Well, if it isn’t, it should be.

Look up, waaay up, and you’ll see my industrial addition.

It started out like this:  IMG_0829

Very traditional.  Nice, but not my style.  Came with the house.  Still confused about that since the previous owners didn’t really have any other finishes in the traditional style.  Interesting.

Hemmed and Hawed for years about what to replace it with.

And then I saw a wire basket. And cup hooks.  IMG_0855

And cool lightbulbs from the Home Depot:   IMG_0850

Lightbulb moment (literally)!

Removed the glass and rim and got this:  IMG_0845

Spray painted it with this:




Jumped on my trusty ladder:  IMG_0872

Which turned out to not be so trusty when jumped upon.


Fell off said ladder.  Ladder hit wall.  Added new project to repairs list.  Sigh.

Put it here:  IMG_0853

Screwed in the cup hooks, hooked on the basket,   IMG_0857


IMG_0859   IMG_0860 Industrial Chic!

49 thoughts on “Mid Century-Eclectic-Industrial. Is that a category?

      1. Love that brown on the wall in that room, too – it’s about the color I painted our son’s bedroom last spring because nine months out of the year it’s my sitting room/study and I LOVE how peaceful that color is! With black, white, and cream accents it’s gorgeous in there.

      2. How funny! I think I would really like to do gray on the walls of our main living area, but I TOTALLY hate painting.

  1. That NEVER would have occurred to us – what a great solution. But I love the “out” sign! You should do a “house tour” sometime – so many creative touches!

    1. Wow you are so kind! Another blogger commented on the “out” sign as well – I couldn’t find a wooden O so I used an embroidery hoop. Ta Da! I have been thinking about a home tour but every time I do, I look around and realize there are still so many projects that need doing first…

  2. Omg! I am so doing this now. 🙂 I would say my style is mid century rustic. Think vintage summer camp:)
    I too have generic/ traditional light fixtures and this would be an awesome replacement.
    From your pics I just love your decor!

    1. Thank you! I love your category too – we should be able to call our style whatever we want! And that kind of light fixture would totally suit Vintage Summer Camp. Thanks for loving my decor. You made my day!

  3. That is fantastic! I’ll be hunting for me some wire baskets at the thrift stores asap! Love it Love it Love it!

    1. I am happy to report just one fly was in that light but I don’t have a clue how even IT got in there. Eww. I’m doing something different with the same light fixture in the hallway, I’ll keep you posted on the body count for that one. 🙂

  4. I love it! That is a really cool light. I will look at wire baskets a little differently now, I would love to switch out one of my similar lights. I just recently learned what Edison bulbs are and I can’t wait to find a place to use one. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Looks fantastic! You will be the originator of said style. I totally laughed out loud at your “trusty ladder” pic. Classic. And maybe in the interim you could just move your wall art down an inch to cover your new wall dent… lol.

  6. The original light fixture was lovely but what you’ve done to it now is very cool – it’s quite strange actually because our post going up tonight has a very similar light theme! Keep an eye out, clearly great minds and all that!

  7. Brilliant! The wire basket looks great as lighting. And the whole “chair as ladder” incident is something that would happen to me too. Clever of you to make it funny though…you got my first chuckle of the day. 🙂

  8. Awesome job! I tend to break things when I try to fix things as well. Chock it up to learning experience! And if “Midcentury Eclectic Industrial” isn’t a category, then I don’t know what to do to “define” my style. 😉

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