While renovating my kitchen I had an opportunity to transform the over the sink light box from the old glass covered recessed lighting to pendant lighting.
The question then became, what style of light do I want?
My home style can best be described as eclectic. No one style dominates. I have traditional, MCM and rustic elements. I like something different than what you see in Pottery Barn inspired home decor. The cost is also a big factor. There are beautiful lights that hit well over $150 for a small pendant. Not in this budget! So in the spirit of something unique on the cheap, I decided to make my own light.
-DIY Pendant Light-
I was in IKEA over the summer and found these chrome votive holders with interesting cutouts. Just one ended up being too small in scale and I wasn’t crazy about using two together, but that certainly could have worked. While on that trip to pick up supplies for my daughter to take to college we bought a large utensil holder. With simple holes punched in the sides and a brushed metal finish it was not instantly as appealing as the votive design but I ended up buying one in a slightly smaller size to see if it could be the pendant shade that worked for me.
I picked up a black and white fabric covered light cord that was meant to be plugged in. Trimming down the length and hardwiring it was rather straightforward. You can find how-to videos online.
When you’re DIYing a pendant light you’ll need to pick up a canopy kit that will cover the ceiling box and wiring. I went with a matching brushed metal one. Then it was a matter of cutting a hole to allow the bulb socket to fit snug up against the light cover (utensil holder). I used a dremel with a metal cutting blade to easily make an opening.
Once you have all the necessary parts of your light, you just 1) attach the socket to the light cover, 2) run the corded wire through the canopy, 3)connect the wires, 4) attach the canopy to the support bracket snug to the ceiling, 5) screw in bulb and turn on the light!
I like that it disperses the light in a polka dot pattern and it’s bright but not overly so. Bonus that it costs less than $20 for the cord and the utensil holder. Fairly cheap compared to a light like this for $68:
Although I’m thoroughly happy with how it looks and the light it provides, should I ever want to swap it out, it will be easy and will feel like a whole new light for a few dollars!