Saturday, October 20, 2012

DIY Cloth-Covered Wire Pendant Light


I made this pendant light for my little boy's room, and I love it so much I just had to share it.


Cloth-covered wire makes me swoon.  I want to re-wire everything in my house with it!

I have a vision for a magical little corner in my son's room, and this night-light is step one in seeing the vision through.  I ordered this wire and plug almost a year ago, and finally got around to rewiring a pendant light I found at the Sundance Outlet for $10. I was lucky to happen upon the pendant, but I was originally going to use this Brass Socket, which would look great with an Edison-style light bulb. I found the gorgeous cotton-covered wire at Sundial Wire, which is also where I got the Vintage-Inspired Plug.

I've got my eye on this Green-Cotton Twisted wire for my kitchen pendants. Isn't it just perfect?


I took apart and rewired the pendant myself, and although it was super easy, I'm not going to step-by-step it, because I don't want to be responsible for burning your house down.  But if you have a little knowledge about this sort of thing, this is a really simple project. And fun. But I like taking stuff apart.

You could also take it to a lamp shop, and have them do it for you pretty inexpensively.


The pendant actually started as a hard-wired fixture, and I switched it to make it plug-in.



And that plug in the wall-- which is normally kind of an eye sore-- is just so cute I can hardly stand it!

To make the cover, I just spray-painted the inside of a canning jar. 



I can't wait to finish the rest of the little corner where I plan to hang this.  I hope it turns out as magical as it is in my imagination!

 

Check out my pinterest board for more light-fixture parts inspiration. 

7 comments:

  1. You are so talented, and interesting!OX, Mom

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  2. LOVE this. I want to see a pic of it hanging and lit!

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  3. Your pretty much my hero. This looks so great! Awesome job!

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  4. This is so cool. I'm totally impressed with your electrical skills and imagination :)

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  5. Your light looks great and your photos here on this blog as just lovely - makes a great tutorial! I've got this linked to my roundup of DIY pendants too today, for inspiration!

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  6. With that cloth covered wire, the pendant light became extra cool stuff. Vintage with touch of being youth. Beautiful.

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