If you’ve ever taken a gander at my Pinterest or Instagram pages, you’ve gotten a good glimpse of the fact that I’m into very rustic distressed and shabby chic decor. And while I love my house, when we first moved in, a lot of the design & fixtures were too modern and contemporary for my liking.
Case in point, the pendant lights above our kitchen island. There was nothing wrong with them, but I just felt like they needed a more rustic touch. Knowing me, you know I’m frugal, and I just can’t bring myself to spend a lot of money on my home decor items. I love thrifting, garage sales, estate sales, auctions and craigslist! Sometimes I’m even able to find things in my own home to use as home decor. And that’s exactly what I did with my pendant light fixture makeover.
I have an obsession with Mason jars. I have so many of them…antique ones, newer ones of all shapes and sizes, blue ones, green ones, clear ones. You name it, I have them! I thought Mason jars would make the perfect rustic update to my kitchen lights. And boy, was I right!
Here’s how I did it!
First I took apart the existing pendant light glass shade. I investigated and unscrewed everything and was able to see what I was working with.
Then I gathered three mason jars with caps and rings. I fit the cap against the pendant light screw and traced a circle around it. This is where the hole goes so that it will fit up through the light fixture.
Next I got out the drill with a drillbit attachment that could make holes through the metal. I made a bunch of holes around the circle I traced and then I was able to take wire cutters to clip out the excess. I ended up with a hole through the cap that fit right into the existing light fixture.
… …Like my blue nail polish?? 🙂
Next I got out the spray paint to paint the caps and rings a color that would match the existing pendant fixture, since I was reusing the existing bones of the light fixture. I used a mix of three spray paint colors, alternating until I got a color I was happy with. I allowed those to dry for a few hours before putting them on to the light fixture.
After they were dry, I put the ring first around the fixture, and then stuck the cap against it, holding it in place while I screwed in an Edison bulb into the light bulb socket. I got my Edison bulbs at the hardware store, but you can also order them online, HERE.
Then I took my clean and shiny mason jar and screwed it onto the cap and ring combo.
I repeated with the other pendants and voila! New rustic pendant lights using stuff I already had around the house! I really love them. They are so “me”. This was a pretty simple project and I am so pleased with the results! 🙂
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