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.
Creative, Frugal Pendant Lights
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.
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. Once it was hung from my t-bar ceiling I noticed a problem, the black socket had to be painted to blend in better.
A makeup sponge and silver paint made the job quick and easy.
Above shown is the color of the light socket as it looked when it was bought and the below is how it looked after being painted with the silver paint.
These silver, pendant lights hang above on both sides of my desk in my craft room.
I opted to buy pretty, chandelier bulbs that would imitate daylight, I love them and the best part they only cost about $15 each!