When we moved into this house, this is how it looked above the sink. Yuck.
I really love industrial pendant lights, and these were a few that I was looking at:
**This post contains affiliate links** I loved this one from Pottery Barn for $299, or this one from Pottery Barn for just $219, or this one for $143, or this one for $90.81. But when it came down to it I didn’t have $299 in the budget for one light fixture, I didn’t even have $90.81, but I did have the $13.99 it cost me to put this one together!
I picked up a pendant light kit from Menards on clearance for $9.99! Of course it was brushed nickel, and I wanted Oil Rubbed Bronze, but that was a simple fix with a bit of spray paint I already had on hand.
So I bought the pendant light kit, painted it, and partially installed it, and there it sat for a couple of days. (I also took down the piece of wood and hung a valance)
The real issue was finding a metal shade for the light, because that’s where things got REALLY pricey. well as I was shopping my local Ace I came across these work lights for $14.99. I loved the shape of the shade, but I didn’t need the work light. So… after sweet talking the Ace manager and pointing out that they only had 2 work lights, but about 15 metal shades, I walked out of Ace with my own metal shade for $4.
The issue was that the neck was a bit too small to go over the fitting on the pendant kit. So again I got creative, whipped out my hacksaw (mine, not Matt’s because I bought it for a different project and I’m starting to claim tools as my own) and sawed off the top 1/4 inch of the shade. Then I got out my oil rubbed bronze spray paint, and for a grand total of $13.99 I had my very own DIY Industrial Pendant Light!
The “Before” and “After” is a pretty huge change huh?? It’s amazing what an impact such simple changes could make! It also helps that I painted the cabinets!
If you’re considering DIY’ing a light here’s a few other DIY lights I’ve made in the past:
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