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.
Pendant Lights Made From Trash Cans
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
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.
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!
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! 😂