What do you get when you add driftwood and a lightbulb? Decor genius. I am so crazy in love with this project! We had an ugly ceiling fan in the bedroom since we moved in and it was high time that it hit the curb. It was abhorrent… and, that aside, the light portion didn’t even work – it didn’t even perform it’s main function! Talk about not living up to your potential. So, I had been pondering what to do in there for a light for a while. Then, one day, while perusing the aisles of the local Home Sense (have I mentioned how much I love Home Sense? It’s a lot anyways) and there it was… a dilapidated driftwood ball. It retailed for $49.99 but was literally falling apart so it was on clearance for $32. I love a good clearance item. The fact that it was falling apart actually worked perfectly for my purposes because I needed to be able to put the bulb inside the ball.
- Express Wood Glue – $5.29
- Swag Chain – $3.99
- Ceiling Jumbo Hook – $2.99
- Pendant Light – $16.98
- 60W Globe Lightbulb – $5.99
- Driftwood Globe – $32.00
Total price = $67.24 It really was pretty simple, anyone should be able to do it. I have to admit, I have no clue when it comes to electricity so I won’t be going into detail about that because I don’t want to give you anymisinformation but the most important thing to remember is to turn off the power to whatever room you are working in.
In regards to hooking up the new light, it was just a matter of reconnecting the appropriate wires. The trickiest part was putting the globe back together after I put the bulb inside. Like I mentioned earlier, the globe was falling apart, so I did have room to pry open a section between the driftwood slats and slide the bulb and the head of the pendant light inside. The cord for the pendant was then just pulled through the top and the base was reassembled.
Once that was done, I had to put the nails back into the nail holes in the wood and adhere it with the quick drying wood glue. The globe shape made it awkward for clamping so I just held it together while it was drying (which took between 6 and ten minutes depending on how much glue was used). There were only about 4 or 5 places that needed to be reattached so it didn’t take too long. After this, all that I needed to do was attach the swag chain to the driftwood ball, screw the hook into the ceiling for the light to hang from and then hang it. As you can see in the pictures, there is a lot of excess cord that I will need to trim and I have a ceiling medallion that I want to install around the base of the pendant so I will save both of those items for another post. Thanks for checking in and let me know if you have any questions!
PS – The bulb that I used is an incandescent light, which is no longer being manufactured in Canada due to it’s energy inefficiency. Some retailers still have stock (I got my bulb from Canadian Tire) but once they’re out they will not be able to get any more. So, if you want this bulb get it quick!