When I was thinking of what to get Lynn for her birthday I was indecisive. I knew that she didn’t want anything unnecessary. She was at a point where chocolates and fancy dinners couldn’t offer much anymore. Jewelry was too cliche and not something she particularly wanted. So I decided to go for a practical gift. I went to ikea while she was at work and picked up this drink cart for only $29.99. The design is very modern and simplistic which is exactly Lynn’s style. However, there is one fatal flaw with this design, the colors. Lynn’s decor revolves around one color. Gold. All day, everyday. Everywhere, on everything. I knew what she would want.
We don't believe in waste. We try to reuse what we can, turning the leftovers of one project into a new project. This IKEA Frack mirror was sitting in my drawers for a while after we had made the Edison Retractable Light. The moment I realized the mirror could be taken apart and sprayed gold...a new project was born.
When it came to light fixtures, we could never resist the antique yet elegant look of the Edison bulb. However, with most light fixtures going for $50+, we couldn't justify buying one. Solution: make one! (Granted, this was our solution for nearly everything #collegebudget.) We saw the versatility of the IKEA Frack Mirror on Pinterest, making it a smart choice for our first lighting project.
It can be difficult sometimes, when you craft as much as Lynn and I do, to find places to actually put the things that we craft. Fortunately, I do not have that problem with this craft. We were in a small lighting store in Portland that was masquerading as a toy store when we thought up this project. As we browsed the section of Edison style light bulbs (really, the only section any light store should have in our opinion) we saw a cylindrical bulb with a descending spiral with a dimmer switch. The parts were quickly purchased and upon our return to San Jose, we commenced construction.