I’ve been dreaming of a glass bubble chandelier over my bathtub for a lot of months now, and I lastly have it. This can be a DIY mild that I made myself, and I did that for 2 causes. First, I needed a big flush mount bubble mild, and people are nearly inconceivable to search out. However the primary purpose is that I didn’t need the precise ornamental a part of the chandelier to have any electrical energy working to it. I do know that unusual, proper?
The explanation for that’s as a result of that is going over my bathtub, and it’s towards constructing code to place a chandelier over a bath. So I needed to get somewhat artistic with this and discover a option to get the look of a chandelier with out the ornamental components that hold under the ceiling being wired. In different phrases, an individual might stand in my bathtub crammed with water and contact any a part of my chandelier, and it wouldn’t shock them as a result of my chandelier is nothing greater than a ceiling mounted ornament hanging round a recessed mild. The recessed mild supplies the sunshine, however it’s not linked in any option to the ornamental a part of the chandelier.
So right here’s how my DIY glass bubble chandelier turned out…
And right here’s the entire view with the tub, the mural, and the chandelier (with an unfinished wall on the left facet)…
And once more, all of these glass bubbles are hanging round a recessed mild, which does work, and does present mild via all of these glass bubbles. Right here’s what it appears to be like like when that recessed mild is turned on and the opposite recessed lights are turned off…
It’s such a fairly glow of sunshine, which is the right quantity of ambient mild once I need to take a bubble tub at evening.
So let me present you the way I made this DIY glass bubble mild.
First, I began with a ceiling medallion. I bought this one from Wayfair, and I chosen the vintage brass end and the 24-inch dimension.
As you possibly can see, the colour of the one I obtained is nothing like the colour of the vintage brass medallion on the Wayfair web site, despite the fact that the one I obtained was labeled “vintage brass” on the again. Oh nicely. That’s nothing that a few coats of spray paint can’t repair. That is the spray paint I used…
That spray paint was excellent, and I had an ideal vintage gold medallion…
Right here’s a take a look at the sunshine above the tub. As you possibly can see, it’s only a regular recessed mild, and I had it wired on a separate change from the opposite recessed lights within the room.
To put in the medallion, I used washers, 2-inch screws, and drywall anchors to screw the medallion onto the ceiling via the small holes. I didn’t screw them tight to the ceiling at this level. I left them a bit free in order that I might connect the shape onto which the glass bubbles can be hung.
And the shape that I used was a flower basket that I discovered on Amazon.
I deliberate this chandelier again in December of final yr (2021). That’s once I purchased all the “bubbles” (that are frosted glass Christmas ornaments), however I puzzled for a very long time precisely how I used to be going to connect all the bubbles. Then someday a few months in the past, I noticed an Instagram reel from Chris Loves Julia of their bubble chandelier (which value about $2500) being put in and put collectively, and once I noticed the shape to which the bubbles had been connected, I assumed, “Oh my gosh! That appears precisely like a dangling flower basket!”
In order that’s precisely what I used. And I simply connected it to the ceiling medallion utilizing zip ties, which yow will discover within the electrical division of the massive field house enchancment shops. Merely zip tie the hanging flower basket to the ceiling medallion, reduce off the surplus, after which tighten up the screws the remainder of the best way in order that the ceiling medallion is cosy towards the ceiling. Then I simply used some gold acrylic paint that I had available to color these screws and washers earlier than transferring on to the following step.
Subsequent, I used customary dimension frosted glass Christmas ornaments (about 2.5″) across the high of the basket. I simply used the little hangers that come on the ornaments to connect them to the wire basket in order that they’d be as shut as doable.
After which I continued with one other row, after which one other, to cowl as a lot of the wire basket as doable.
As soon as I had the basket coated up shut, then I began including the big 4-inch ornaments. Once more, I purchased these final Christmas at Pastime Foyer once they had been all on sale. (I might solely suggest shopping for them on sale throughout the Christmas season, as a result of if it’s a must to buy them within the off season, you’ll pay a ridiculous value for them.)
To hold the big ornaments, I used some 12-gauge craft wire that I purchased at Michael’s, reduce to 4-inch lengths, and fashioned into hooks (identical to the Christmas decoration hangers you should buy at Christmas time). As soon as I hung every decoration on the basket, I used my needle nostril pliers to squeeze the hook in order that it wouldn’t come off.
I continued the method of hanging the big ornaments till I ran out. In all, I used 34 of the big ornaments to create the entire chandelier. And the ceiling medallion is 24 inches in diameter, so that provides you an concept concerning the dimension.
I’m fairly darn enthusiastic about the way it turned out. It truly turned out significantly better than I had envisioned, and it suits the wants of this house. It hugs the ceiling, and since these ornamental components aren’t linked to electrical energy in any respect, there’s no constructing code violation in any respect. However I nonetheless get that fairly chandelier look above my bathtub.
And talking of bath, right here’s the view from beneath. That is the view that I get of the sunshine as I take a shower within the tub.
And right here’s the opposite route…
I’m severely so happy with how this turned out.
Right here’s the entire view. Please disregard the unfinished partitions in the remainder of the room. 🙂
And listed below are a few nearer footage. I attempted to get the tap and the chandelier in a single view…
It turned out fairly nice, proper? I like it!
I truly suppose my little DIY glass bubble chandelier is significantly better than the one I had in my authentic mock up of the room, which was one from Pottery Barn (I believe).
Once more, right here’s how the chandelier appears to be like when the sunshine is turned on. It’s such a fairly glow. That is with the opposite lights turned on as nicely…
And that is with the opposite lights turned off…
Right here’s the total view of the sunshine turned on with the opposite recessed lights turned off…
That’s fairly good for a DIY bubble mild, proper? I had tried the bubble mild with out the medallion earlier than (which you’ll see right here), however I wasn’t actually liking it. That’s why I thought-about another choices, like tinting the bubbles a coloration to distinction with the ceiling.
However in the long run, all it wanted was a medallion, and this one specifically was steered by a commenter on a earlier put up. I believe it’s excellent! And because of that medallion, the unique frosted bubbles turned out to be excellent. I really like that they sort of give the sensation of a cloud above the bathtub.
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