Dining Room Light: Ikea Angenäm Bowl hack

Ever since we’ve moved in, we’ve had no dining room light. I’m pretty picky, and Pierre and I have slightly different taste on this one – I would have loved to put in a crystal chandelier, but I couldn’t get it past the guy. Pierre is a big fan of more industrial looking lights, but it would have made it a little too rustic for me – I wanted something that contrasted with our table. Leave it to Ikea to come to the rescue.

I saw this Ikea hack back in May posted by Emma from The Marion House Book, one of my favourite home blogs. I liked it, but wanted to tweak it ever so slightly to match our long, narrow dining table. So I got Pierre to work his electrical magic. We wanted to use cloth electrical cord, rather than the plastic cords that come with the HEMMA cord set at Ikea, so we sourced gold sockets at Home Depot and did the wiring ourselves. Sorry, no in-progress shots – it all went down pretty quickly. We’ve installed a dimmer which was totally necessary – the edison bulbs throw off a lot of light, and the gold interiors really magnify the light. We have it at about 25% most of the time and that’s plenty.

I might upgrade this to a more investment-worthy light at some point in the future, but for now, we’re just so happy to be able to see what we’re eating! And it’s got just the little bit of glam I was hoping for.

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  1. November 9, 2012 | 10:27 am |

    OH WOW! This is great. I love the hack, it looks so high-end, and your ceiling medallion is pretty great too. Your white paneling in your dining room is making me so envious. I wish I had enough guts to paint everything in my house white. It looks so good! Your white accents are perfect, I need that. Jealous.

    • Christine
      November 11, 2012 | 12:47 pm |

      Alison, if the paneling in our place had been gorgeous unpainted wood like yours, I wouldn’t have painted it either! Ours isn’t even wood under there, it’s plaster – just the moldings are wood. Originally those sections had some kind of burlap wallpaper over the rough original plaster, which had been painted over many, many times. We ripped it all out and had to skim coat the whole room to get it flat. Anyway… the grass is always greener on the other side!

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