homeowner Cara Mitchell and an illustration of her cost-saving shortcut
Illustration: Bruce Bolinger
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Architectural Tupperware

Cara Mitchell
San Antonio

I needed to cover a hole left by a ceiling fan, but I had no budget. So I took a plastic bowl from the thrift store (25 cents), cut a hole in the middle, spray-painted it black to match my light fixture, slipped the fixture's chain through it, and used pinches of putty to stick it to the ceiling to make a "medallion." Looks fabulous!

What Cara Saved: $140.24
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