I began my kitchen makeover 9 months ago, and I’m still not done! Yikes that’s pretty bad, isn’t it. I’ve painted the cabinets, changed the hardware, made curtains, added corbels and today I finished the light fixture. I still want to change the counter top, flooring, move some of the cabinetry around and tile the back splash. But until we can find the money to do so, I think we’ll just call this kitchen makeover complete for now. So once I can find the time to actually clean the kitchen, I’ll post some pictures.
But for now I’ll show you a sneak peek at my sunny yellow farmhouse light that I made over for just $10. I couldn’t be more happy with it.
I actually found one that wasn’t outrageously prices (only $50) at a small antique shop, but it needed to be completely rewired. In our last home I replaced all of our lighting with vintage lights, picked up at thrift stores, and had them all rewired. You can normally do this for $30 a light. But at $80 total this was still out of the question.
Next I thought I would make a wire basket light like the one above. I am totally all over these lights right now. I was originally inspired by Ashley’s (from Under The Sycamore Tree) wire basket light, find tutorial here. But I could not find a basket that I like/would work.
So on a trip to the ReStore I found this ugly little guy that I knew would be just perfect. Partly because he was only $10. Look how brassy and glorious he is.
I wanted to paint him a teal blue, like the one above from Barn Light Electric. But I already had a can of sunny yellow spray paint leftover from another project. Remember how cheap I am?
So this is how I finally made my light…
First take the wires out from the chain. Just pull them through each of the chains. Really easy. Next put all those wires into a plastic bag and tape it completely shut. You don’t want to spray paint the wires.
I used Rust-Oleum metal primer first. I started to spray it and then realized that if I left the metal chain on the ground it would leave a mark of the chain. So I used a bucket to stick the chain in while I sprayed the light. It just kept the chain from laying on top of the newly painted light.
Now the part my husband hates. I mean hates. I’ve made him change a lot of lights in the past so I don’t blame him for hating this so much. But he did it for me like a champ. Now that’s love isn’t it?
So here is the before and after!
I know a yellow light isn’t for everyone, but it makes me smile. And its way better than that teeny tiny light that was there before.