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How you can Replace a Missing Light Fixture Cover for under $20.

Updated on July 14, 2011

Great use for an Extra Fruit Bowl

Before we found the cover to this light fixture.
Before we found the cover to this light fixture. | Source
I spotted a Fruit Bowl that held Artificial Fruit that was not a necessary thing.
I spotted a Fruit Bowl that held Artificial Fruit that was not a necessary thing. | Source
My husband used a 1/2" Carbide Spear Point  Glass Drill Bit for the hole.
My husband used a 1/2" Carbide Spear Point Glass Drill Bit for the hole. | Source
This was one of the only things that was left in the house when we moved in.  Glad we didn't throw it away!
This was one of the only things that was left in the house when we moved in. Glad we didn't throw it away! | Source
It works for Us!
It works for Us! | Source

Our Frugal Fix for a Missing Light Fixture Cover.

If you look at something long enough... you just may come up with something that could fix the problem.

It bothered me for a while that the cover to the light fixture in our hallway was missing.  We didn't notice it when we bought the house... along with a few other things that needed fixing.  After searching the Home Improvement Centers for a solution and getting sticker shock from the prices of new light fixtures, we just let it go for a while.  Prices ranged from $89.00 to over $149.00.

One day as I was dusting, I took a long hard look at a bowl of artificial fruit that I was cleaning.  I asked my husband if he could drill a hole in the bowl to fit over the threaded rod of the fixture.  He said he could and bought a 1/2" carbide spear point glass drill bit.  I'll just let the pictures tell you the rest of the story. 

If you are in a similar situation and don't have an extra fruit bowl, take a trip to a thrift store and for a few dollars you should be able to find something to fit your needs.  Between the drill bit and the bowl it should not cost more than $20 or somewhere around that amount. Be sure to use the recommended UL wattage for your size fixture.

Just think, if you happen to need an extra bowl at a dinner party, look up... you can always take it down and borrow it for a while.. and you won't have to remember where you put it either!

Until we meet again... Francesca27

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      ajthesmeagol 6 years ago

      Way to go. Smart.

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      skyger 6 years ago

      Now that's ingenious.

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      gidget911 6 years ago

      What a great, creative idea.

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      annamaria123 6 years ago

      That is a great idea! We all have bowls we don't use. I especially love the color of your bowl.

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      WandasHomePlace 6 years ago

      What a great idea... I wanted to try it, and now I know that it works.

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      WandasHomePlace 6 years ago

      What a great idea... I wanted to try it, and now I know that it works.

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      saunders 6 years ago

      Great ideas / quick read / nice photos.

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      NTR57 6 years ago

      You are very creative. This reminds me of "the light bulb" that a cartoon character sees when they come up with a good idea!

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      Martin Septimus 6 years ago

      Great idea!