And all of the metal items were 50% off!!!
While I was shopping at Hobby Lobby, I spotted the perfect thing to use to update the pendent lights in our home.
And all of the metal items were 50% off!!!
We have three pendent lights in our basement. While I like the glass shades, there were 10 years old and needed to be update.
1 - I began by removing the light bulb
2 & 3 - then I unscrewed the plastic ring that holds the shade onto the pendent light
4 - and left the socket waiting for the new shade
I purchased three of these metal baskets (that sort of look like kitchen graters). I liked them because of the holes and they had a metal bottom.
I didn't want the handles so I carefully cut them off using a tin snips.
1 - I measured the bottom of the metal basket and marked the center
2 - As a guide, I used the plastic ring that held the glass shade in place
3 - I centered the ring in the middle of the bottom of the basket
4 - and drew a circle
1 - Using a screwdriver and a hammer, I punched a hole in the center of the circle,
2 - then I used a tin snip to cup away the circle.
I threaded the light socket through the hole in the bottom of the metal basket
I reattached the plastic ring, screwing it securely to the socket and added a light bulb.
And Ta-da! New metal light shades...
...and they cast a really neat glow in the evening.
Each shade took under 10 minutes to create so the whole project took under 30 minutes total and cost under $20.
I wanted to build a light fixture for my kitchen - but meet local codes. This was how I did it. Anything hard-wired in becomes part of the home, where something plugged in has a lot less requirements. I still hope to 'overbuild' anything for safety as well as quality. It's a good idea to research your attic's construction, look for any low-hanging wires, and to learn about light color while you're at it. Light color is rated in ° K (Degrees Kelvin). White hot is just too bright for most homes, but just fine for Lowes, Target, and Home Depot. 2700° is a nice warm/cozy look, 3000° will brighten things up, 3300° is a typical office, and anything over 4000° is just too bright for a home in my opinion. NOTE: You must research your local codes. If in doubt contact an electrician. The new outlet in the ceiling does not require a GFCI if the outlet is 6' away from a sink. Since you're building your own light fixture, a power cord from a device plugging into the outlet 6' or less will typically keep an inspector happy should you ever sell your home. Source: https://www.thespruce.com/kitchen-electrical-code-basics-1821527, and my local master electrician.
Don't you hate when you find the perfect pendant light for your home only to see it's got a plug at the end? That happened to me. I was walking through a craft store looking for supplies for a project and I saw an orb light I love. I've loved them for a while, but most cost well over $100. This one was only $40! $40 for a light? Count me in.
I wasn't sure if it was safe to convert a plug-in light to a hardwired light so I decided to talk to my electrician and found out that most new plug-in lights are self grounding. Also, the switch that would be controlling the light was on a 5 switch box so the whole box is grounded. To make it easier he told me "the big end of the plug is black and the small end is white." Sounds easy enough.
Note: Please take great care when dealing with electricity. If you are not comfortable with this, or any, electrical project please contact a professional. If you are unsure of whether the plug-in light you purchased will work in your home, please reach out to a professional before beginning.
I believe this is the fourth post I've done all about our newly remodeled entry hall and there is still so much to do! Today its all about the lighting. Just a note before we get started, as usual when I say "we" in this post, I mostly mean my honey because he's the one who does most of the work. I'm just his helper!
Around this time of year, it's become a tradition to come up with an alternative Christmas tree idea. This year is no exception!The inspiration for this year's tree is from a visit to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Steph took the boat ride in the Land Pavilion and saw their version of a ladder tree, which became the model for ours. Take a look at how it came together!
I LOVE WALL ART and I LOVE BABY NURSERIES.So when I debuted Collin’s nursery design, I knew a follow-up “how to blog” was coming for the feature woodland art I created for above his dresser. I really do believe it is the piece that ties the entire space together!
DO YOU WANT TO TRANSFORM A PIECE OF FURNITURE? BUFFALO PLAID PATTERNS ARE HOT RIGHT NOW! WHETHER IT’S FOR A NURSERY, CABIN, OR A RUSTIC HOME LOOK, THIS GUIDE WILL GET YOU THE HOTTEST NEW TREND IN DECOR FOR LESS.
Solar Lamp DIY - Add style and ambiance to your outdoor living with this easy DIY project. Light up your evenings on the patio. I have been wanting to make a solar lamp for our backyard patio area for a long time. So, I kept an eye out for the perfect base to accomplish my goal. Luke and I stumbled upon a tall candlestick with a concrete base that we thought would work perfectly.
Ahhh…the first snow of the season! Although I’m not much of a winter person (too cold!), I love the first snow. For me, it is magical. It lifts me up, and I forget all about my dislike for winter. It also puts me into a Christmas mood. It’s like what they sing in the movie Elf: “the best way to spread Christmas cheer, signing loud for all to hear.” That’s how the first snow makes me feel!
I had an idea for a custom wall sconce. Found Some metal wall sconces in the closet that originally had metal candle holders that hung from them. I wanted to use them on boards that were done to match headboard I made previously and hang lanterns that I purchased at gift department of local pharmacy.
I could not find the perfect light for this space without spending a fortune. I decided to make one myself and save money in the process.
The tutorial that I bring to you today is a very simple one, Dollar Tree Mirrored Centerpieces using Dollar Tree Mirrors. Going to the Dollar Tree is like an adventure, you get so many things with which we can create and make accessories to decorate either for our home, our office or for that activity you are planning and want to do at a low cost.On my last visit I bought some mirrors that its original use is to carry candles. I found them perfect for centerpieces so we went straight to the tutorial of these Dollar Tree Mirrored Centerpieces.
I had a vision...My mantel needed a focal point for Christmas, so I was going to create this night scene on a painted black backdrop with mini lights posing as twinkling stars in the night.However, as I worked further on the project, that all changed. (they always do...)It became bigger... and BETTER!Rather than boards, I grabbed an old bulletin board I had in my stash instead.I then messed with an easy-to-use stencil in such a (good) way that created a NEW design, and the mini lights would now highlight the sign in a much more meaningful way...Here's how it turned out and how it looks on the now Christmas mantel!Hard to believe that's a bulletin board, isn't it?
Guests are coming and Thanksgiving is only a week away. My dining room needs a new look, STAT! I had purchased two pub style table years ago (they were cheap and I was on a tight budget). Pushed together they make a decent dining room table for when guests come for dinner. But I'm over it. Its plain, and I'm ready for a change...but surprise surprise, I'm still on a tight budget! Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...
Want a clever way to use old ornaments? Then you must try this simple project that takes them off the tree and makes them the star of your table! These ornament bouquets can be made in minutes and make a beautiful Christmas centerpiece. If you like this idea, don't miss these other simple Christmas projects that you can do in under an hour for under $20.