It's time for another "Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse" project post. I really do love these posts that we do on the first Wednesday of each month. It gives me the extra boost to get something done and it's inspiring to see what you can do with so-called "junk" items.
This month, I tackled this $5 pendant lamp from a thrift store. Originally I had thought to use upcycled kitchen lighting in our kitchen remodel, but then I stumbled onto this beauty.
I've had this light on my mind for the kitchen table since day one. At $600, it just isn't happening right now. While walking around a few months ago at a thrift store, I spotted the pendant above. It kinda - like squeeze one eye and hop on one foot, and try really really hard to see - might resemble the gorgeous $600 one. Ok, well no, probably not. But they are both glass, right? Actually, I did see something in the $5 pendant, so I snagged it up.
I knew right away that the top part (vase cap) would have to go as well as the candelabra part in the middle.
First thing that I did was take it all apart.
Then I measured the opening on the top so that I could order another cap (actually called a "vase" cap) to fit. I found the piece on Ebay and, because it was so large (17 inches), it cost me about $16.
In the above picture, it's sitting on top of the pendant just to see how it fits. When we hung it, we had to slip it in from the bottom and then the pendant hung on it.
I also ditched the spiral holder thing (see below) for a more stream-lined one that I took off the existing chandelier that hung above the kitchen table.
We also took the chain off the old chandelier and added it to the 'new' chandelier. Just to jog your memory, this is what the old chandelier looked like and what our kitchen looked like about 6 months ago:
I had to pick up one socket and a spool of electrical wire to finish off the new light. We wired it all up and then hung it back up. It's off center right now, which will get changed a bit later. I have a few more plans for the room and don't want to move the wiring in the ceiling just to move it again if some of the plans don't work out.
But, people, look how far we have come:
I'll admit, Luke and I weren't blown away when we hung the pendant. We've had it for about 6 weeks now and it totally fits in there. It's not my dream light, but it's definitely growing on me and, for under $25, I totally love it.
*Edited to add: Here's the light against the plank wall.
As always with this monthly collaboration, you have to check out what the other ladies came up with!
Linking up to:
Found and Foraged, C.R.A.F.T., Your Designs This Time, The Makers, The Winthrop Chronicles, Home Stories A-Z, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Outside the Box, Work It Wednesday, Think and Make Thursday, Fry Sauce and Grits, Liz Marie Blog, The Inspiration Gallery, Creativity Unleashed - The Bold Abode, Remodelaholic, Whipperberry, The Creative Collection, Tatertots and Jello, and Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.
Wow, what a difference it made by removing the 'extra' stuff! Well done, off to go check out my Restore to find a pendant like that!!
Ha! Happy treasure hunting!
What a transformation! It looks fantastic!
Thanks Char! Far from finished but we are getting there and I can see the potential which is great!
chris aka monkey
you did an awesome job, i always kinda like these old glass pendants and you removed all the things i didn't like, love it xx
Thanks so much!
looks awesome makes the room seem special
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I love it! It looks like a completely different fixture!
Thanks Gretchen! It really does!
Corinna - For My Love Of
Dude! I really love it! Can I have your dining room?! I seriously love how the chairs, rug and light fixture blend into this Uber cool vibe.
Thanks Corinna! I'm liking the direction as well, but I'm slightly concerned that it's a bit too boho/eclectic (?) for the rest of my house decor and colors. Hmm, decisions, decisions.
Clever, clever, clever! This looks awesome! And I too am loving your dining room.
Thanks Kyla! It's a super slow process, but we are inching toward getting something that I love.
Grace @ The Big Reveal
That pendant looks amazing. I'm with Kyla! So glad you are visiting the linky party. Have a great week!
Thank you! The room is definitely a work in progress but I do think the pendant helped!
Laura Irion // Avery Street Design
Ashley!! I'm so thrilled you linked this up at Found & Foraged!! I'm amazed at what you did with it- it looks great. And your table and rug...Yum! You've done an awesome job!!
Thanks Laura! We have more plans for the room... but nothing happening immediately (the story of my life!). =)
Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections
Never would have looked at that light before and thought I could make it into something gorgeous, but you definitely did! Great eye!
Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections
Thanks Rebekah! Sometimes I have a hard time trying to find the beauty in old things and other times an idea just jumps out at me. Luckily this one worked out. =)
Wow! What a transformation! You really have an eye for seeing potential in old and vintage things! I never would have dreamed of transforming this light the way that you did! Good job 🙂
Lindi @ http://www.lovecreatecelebrate.com
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness
Wow!! This looks SO awesome! I'm so not brave enough to take apart and redo a light, but you guys totally rocked this!
Thanks Amanda! It helped that we've done a few other electrical light type projects so that part wasn't too scary!
Ursula @ Home Made by Carmona
Oh my goodness this is amazing! You've got vision girl!
Thanks for linking this amazing upcycle to our The Makers link party today!! I'll be sharing this little gem on FB! 😉
Thanks Carmona! It's always nice when it turns out close to what you had envisioned which is not always the case!
I love what you did with this and $5 is a steal-of-a-deal!
Hey Ashley! I’m so happy you linked up to Found & Foraged because I’m featuring this lovely project! WOOT! WOOT! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at http://houseofhipsters.com
Thanks Kyla! I'm excited to be featured! woohoo!
Wow, really, really great!
Other than gravity, what's holding the glass shade to the vase cap?
Nothing! The canopy doesn't fit through the top of the glass so it's safe.