When we first moved into our house, there were so many things that needed to be done, I almost didn’t know where to start. And then it got very, very dark. That’s when I realized there was absolutely no light over the kitchen table. Suddenly I knew which project deserved to be at the top of the list. Unfortunately, it appeared that one of the major reasons for the lack of light was also the lack of wiring in the ceiling.
We are planning on remodeling the whole kitchen, but I was not prepared to choose a fixture or put a hole in my ceiling. Repairing drywall is not in my DIY repertoire (yet). So, in need of a quick fix that could plug into a wall, I started looking for options.
I literally had this in my hand at Lowe’s – the only plug in pendant option they had. I just couldn’t bring myself to actually buy it. It’s decent for the price, but it does not fit my current style AT ALL.
So, I definitely had to do this one myself. Inspired by drum and crystal fixtures, I figured creating something similar couldn’t be that hard.
I found a linen colored drum shade at Home Goods, and figured I could somehow wire a socket into it. Finding the drop crystals was harder than I expected. I tried going to a local “bead shop” that ended up being some guy’s apartment that really did have beads everywhere. That wasn’t creepy at all. Then I went to an actual bead shop, but they didn’t have anything I was looking for. After looking online, like I should’ve done in the first place, I found some beautiful large crystal drops that also weren’t too ornate.
So this is what I ended up with:
Not bad for a $20 shade and some pieces of glass!
I used a very thin gauge wire from a bead store so that it wouldn’t be affected by the heat of the light bulb. Check out some of the in progress pictures below:
For a temporary solution, I thought it turned out pretty well! Next step: actually making a decision on a permanent fixture!
Because life is too short for ugly lighting,