1.14.2013

"Let there be light" Part II

For those of you that were either not around, or if you just don't remember my first "Let There Be Light" post, you can read the details here.

In a nutshell, it was the chandelier that I repainted for above Kelli's kitchen table. We thought it definitely brought life back to an otherwise, very dated light fixture!  Here is the "before and after".


She also had a VERY dated light above her sink, which thankfully had to be removed when the soffit was taken out.  No great loss there.  I had a "replacement" idea that I was certain Kelli would like.  This was my vision:


It also came with a $164 price tag...no way, not on our budget, so after doing a little research on the good ol' www...I came across several DIY ideas and tutorials.  I guess it was meant to be, because months before I had actually purchased an old canning jar at an antique mall.  With no particular plan in mind of what to do with it, it sat in my closet.  The cost: $12, but of course I needed other supplies, so off to Lowes I went.

When I got to Lowes I found a nice man in the lighting department...poor guy, he was really trying his hardest to "see" my vision as well, but he could not quite grasp the concept.  He suggested some options, but he still was not quite understanding what it was exactly, that I wanted to do.  Then it happened...the light bulb went on and he FINALLY started to see the light (pun intended).  That was when he lead me to these:

Wow...my life just got a whole lot easier.  Instead of having to completely wire it myself this, little baby was going to do all the work for me!  It is made by Portfolio and comes in different finishes...I chose brushed nickel.  The cost: just under $20.  Seriously, the individual supplies that I was going to buy to wire it myself was going to cost at least this much!

To say that I constructed this pendant light from scratch would be a stretch...a three year old could have done it.  All I did was drill a hole in the lid (some people say you should have small holes for ventilation, but I did not do it...she has had no problems with it at all).  With vintage jars there is usually a glass piece on the inside of the lid...that will break when you drill your hole, so be careful.  That little white piece you see on the bottom of the pendant light unscrews...take it off, shove the other part through the lid and rescrew the piece back on...VOILA, you now have a cute, vintage pendant light.


Sadly, the best picture was the one taken on my kitchen counter...I apologize for the poor quality of the ones below...it was impossible to get a good picture with the light on or off.  Anyhoo, here it is hanging in Kelli' kitchen:




So, whatcha' think?  Cute huh?  Total cost, less than $35

I am happy to say the table is completely done and sitting in Kelli's house!  I am now working on the chairs so I decided to wait to post pics when the entire project is done!

Till then...

This post linked to:

House of Hepworth
My Repurposed Life 
All Star Block Party
Finding Fabulous  




  





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11 comments:

Diane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Clever, clever idea....looks great!

SimplySweetsbyHoneybee{Melissa} said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love it! I've been looking for blue mason jars & when I find one I know what to do with it :)

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh I really like that, how sweet:)

Gail Wilson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

brilliant! you're a genius! Love the price point Terri!
gail

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roommom27 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I loved the light fixture that you made to go above the kitchen sink. So unique and creative.

b said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is super cute. The tutorial makes me think this is *almost* something I could do! :-) Thanks for the post. Found you via House of Hepworths link party!

FlyAwayHome said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have been wanting one of these lights FOREVER! I love it. Aren't you clever - no actual wiring! I swear.... does your little creative brain EVER shut off???

Audra @ Renewed Projects said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very cute! Too bad my light isn't directly over the sink...but I'm sure I can find somewhere to try this wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

Ann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have always liked the upcycled jar lighting. Your inspirational post must might give me the courage to try it myself. I'm sharing your great post on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

Ann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have always liked the upcycled jar lighting. Your inspirational post must might give me the courage to try it myself. I'm sharing your great post on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

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