Friday, April 6, 2012

Blessing #116 - A light fixture

On Monday, I blogged about the landing table in our mudroom. Another project in the mudroom was the light fixture. First, here is the before...

Impressive...I know. I liked starting with this, because you can only improve. 

I really did not want to spend money in my mud room.  I've tried to be smart about the materials I use so I can do it for as cheap as possible. 

Last week, I saw this hanging basket in Dollar Deals for $3. 

I immediately thought of a pin I saw on pinterest, and I knew that I had to buy two of those baskets!

I took out the liners of the baskets, and used some wire to attach the two baskets together. 

What happened to the liner you ask?

They had some fun with them. 

Originally, I planned on making a pendant light out of this, but then I found out it fit perfectly over the existing light.

That's definitely an improvement, but it would look so much better if it were all the same color.

Removing that brass plate would require some electrical skills, but  lucky for me my parents were visiting and my dad's an electrician.  He unhooked the light for me and we spray painted it a flat black. 

I debated about making it bright and colorful, but I figured the cool wire was the attention grabber in this piece, and not a bright color.

I have been talking about Edison Bulbs for months now, and Shad surprised me and brought me home an Edison bulb from Home Depot.  I don't know if they are really called Edison bulbs, but that's what I call them.  I just love them because you can see the filament.

In the end, here's how it looked. 

It's kind of kattywampus (that's right I said kattywampus) because I dropped it, but I still love it!

Here is the Edison bulb all lit up and pretty like!

Now for the good part..the cost. 

Hanging Baskets: 2 at $3 a piece - $6
Spray Paint: $3.50
Edison Bulb: $10

Total: About $20

I love the look.  It's absolutely perfect for my mudroom!

I'm sharing this project with these great sites.


  1. Holly @ Down to Earth StyleApril 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    That looks so cool!

  2.  cool idea. especially loved the picture of what you did with the wasted part! my husband had to come see what I was laughing about.

  3. Just stopped by after seeing this at a link party.  I pinned it.  I love it.  I can make that!


  4. I saw this on Pinterest too, and have the same two baskets waiting to be put up!  Not sure I'll get the family to wear the "hats" but what fun!