I recently read about a clever woman who made her Ikea chandelier into something much more expensive-looking with the addition of some simple, cheap materials.
I have long coveted the Cellula Chandelier from Design Within Reach (with its $2,200 price tag it was out of the question). I found the Glimt ($79.99) at Ikea and crafted my own version of the Cellula that is pretty darn close.
Here's what it looked like before:
To see the wonderful results, read more.
Christie used fishing line and crystals that she bought on eBay, all for less than $100, to craft her lovely chandelier. How inspiring!