It’s Friday! Yay! This week went by really quickly for me and not just because Monday was a holiday here. Probably because it was my first week in my new position so I’ve been learning lots. It’s pretty great. You know what else is great? This lighting fixture!
When I came up with this idea my husband said I was crazy (like he always does) and then he begrudging helped (like he always does). It really wasn’t that hard and luckily for you, I already figured out the best way to put it together (while it was hanging from the ceiling after the first two ideas didn’t work).
Step 1: Buy a three-pendant hanging light
Ok, so I never buy things new. I looked and looked on Kijiji for hanging lights and then I was going to get regular lights and wire them together and then I found these at Home Depot for $40 and I said to myself, “Why on earth are you making this so incredibly hard on yourself when you can buy it brand new for $40?” and then I bought it. I would recommend you do the same. Also, when dealing with electricity, err on the side of caution.
Step 2: Glue the mason jar lids to the pendant and spray paint everything
For this, I used nonflammable industrial grade glue. It’s pretty much the king of glues. I knew that this would be holding a mason jar and the last thing I wanted was to be sitting in my family room watching a movie and one of the mason jars came crashing down. As for the paint, I went with an antique bronze but you can choose whatever you like.
Step 3: Build the wooden base
So, this is where my husband really shook his head. I did not like the base that it came with. I wanted it to look rustic and sort of shabby chic so I decided the build my own base. You can skip this step if you like but I really think that it makes all the difference. I used some leftover pallet wood that I had lying around and didn’t really measure anything, I just cut two long pieces and nailed the top pieces into it. You also want to make sure that you drill the holes for the cords first and feed them through before you nail the top wood into the base. I contemplated painting this, or brushing a little paint on for a hint of colour and I still think that would look good but I like the bare wood too.
Step 4: Put it up
I watched a couple YouTube videos on how to wire new lights before I put it up (I recommend you do the same) but it’s actually really easy. My husband gets really nervous when dealing with electricity for some reason but there isn’t anything to be afraid of if you just research what you’re doing beforehand and you make sure you follow safety precautions like turning the power off to the room before you get started.
Step 4: Attach your newly made base to the ceiling
This was so simple. It took me a while to figure out how this would work but all you need is an L bracket and then you just have to mount the bracket onto the ceiling and then onto the base that you’ve made. I also taped the cords inside this base with electric tape so that the cord wouldn’t slip through the holes and make the light hang lower.
Step 5: Put in your light bulb and screw on the mason jars
I bought Edison bulbs for this (you can see the filament in the bulb) because I thought that they would look really nice inside the mason jar and they do! So, I would recommend that you get those. Also, a regular bulb doesn’t fit into a mason jar, so I got these long bulbs and they’re perfect.
Step 6: Bask in the glow of your new light
And that’s all there is. Not too bad, right? And it looks great! Instead of the lighting in the room being strictly utilitarian it’s now a focal point.
Let me know what you think in the comments!