DIY sputnik chandelier

The other day I mentioned that I was working on a little makeover for this IKEA MASKROS pendant lamp.  I've loved Sputnik chandeliers for the longest time and I honestly think they will be a classic for a while, even though they are trendy right now.  An interesting light fixture can completely transform the look of a room and even act as a piece of art.  This makeover was inspired by this DIY sputnik chandelier by Little Green Notebook.  As soon as I saw hers I thought it was genius and filed it away for a someday project.  I did make a few changes to make it my own so I'll share those with you.

Here's a reminder of what the IKEA MASKROS looks like.

I used the smaller size and it fits perfectly in our space.  The larger one is pretty massive.  

So to start, I spray painted everything gold using design master antique gold.  I highly recommend this gold if you haven't tried it yet.  Then, I found these tiny little dessert cups on Amazon. (you can find them here)  They were exactly what I was looking for.    

I wasn't crazy about the little recycle sign and other words on the plastic so I needed to find a way to cover those things up.  I tried Rub 'n Buff and some gold acrylic paint, but it would have required at least two coats and was a little time consuming.  So I pulled out my Silhouette machine and had it cut small circles from gold vinyl.  They ended up working perfectly.  I think the paint would work well too, it would just be a little more time consuming.  

  I used some hot glue on the bottom of each cup to adhere them to the light fixture.  I left the white paper flowers off for now, but I may add them back later, I'm still undecided on that.  

I'm so happy with how it turned out.  It makes the room feel so much more finished and it's definitely a conversation piece!

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