Pendant Lights Made From Trash Cans

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When you go over budget in a renovation project, how do you reel in the costs and yet complete everything you set out to do? You get creative, you look for alternative products and you adjust your plans. We were nearing completion of my long awaited for crafting space and I needed light fixtures, how could I get them on the cheap?

Silver Mesh Trash Can

What do you see above? A wastebasket? Yes, but if you flip it over it's a perfect light shade that's only costs a couple of bucks at the dollar store! Next, we sought out the necessary wiring and hanging chain to turn it into a pendant light.

Electrical and Hanging Hardware

My husband helped with this as I have no electrical experience, so basically all parts were bought separately as seen above. Next he drilled a hole in the bottom of the basket to feed the wire through and attach the socket portion inside the basket. The chain was not needed to up hold this it was added for aesthetic purposes only. r.

Once it was hung from my t-bar ceiling I noticed a problem, the black lightbulb socket had to be painted to blend in better.

Silver Craft Paint

I just used a makeup sponge and silver paint to make the job quick and easy. The photo above shows the black color of the light socket as it looked when it was bought.

Problem Solved

Here is how it looked after being painted with the silver paint, I did a couple of coats to achieve full coverage.

Hanging Pretty in my Crafting Space

These silver, pendant lights hang on both sides above my desk in my room.

Cheap, Unique and Effective

We scored on three areas, we got the look for less, they are one of a kind and they light up my desk area just fine! When the pressure was on we pushed through and came up with a winning combination!

Fancy Bulbs

I opted to buy pretty, full spectrum, chandelier bulbs that would imitate daylight, I love them and the best part they only cost about $5 each! I hope you enjoyed our trashy pendant lights! 😂

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1 question
  • Barb
    on Apr 2, 2019

    What type of silver paint did you use? Was it a special paint like user for metal or will craft paints such as acrylics work and adhere well to the socket piece that you painted?

    Sometimes paints will bead up or roll off when painted on plastics.

    • Skilled Thrifty Creatives
      on Apr 5, 2019

      The photo shows it was just a general purpose acrylic, had no issues with it bubbling off. I don't have a high wattage light bulb in it. I don't know if the heat from such a bulb on for an extended time would cause any trouble?

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  • Clök Concept
    on Dec 13, 2017

    This is really nice! I am doing a huge makeover for our dining room ceiling lamp... I was hoping to finish it in time for the challenge, but it is way more challenging then I expected it to be!

    I think I'm gonna keep your idea for a set of lights on top of a counter top in my "on the way" new kitchen! :) Thanks for the share!
    • Skilled Thrifty Creatives
      on Dec 14, 2017

      Stainless steel bowls were another option I had in mind but the wastebaskets were cheaper. Bowls would be a great option for a kitchen!

  • Rembatb
    on Dec 13, 2017

    Creative and sassy!
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