1.25.2010

Candlestick + Pot Lid = $9 DIY Schoolhouse Light Fixture!


Isn't it cool?  For $9?  After just a few hours of work it is hanging in our laundry room!  

I knew I wanted a schoolhouse fixture in this room, but there was absolutely no way I could drop that kind of money on something that I might be able to make for much less.  So I went to Home Depot and browsed their lighting section, looking for inspiration.  I found the all the pieces I needed to put together a DIY schoolhouse fixture, but then later I found this gorgeous globe at ReStore and it was just too big to use with any of the parts I had picked up earlier.

So I scrounged around the house and found a pot lid that fit perfectly over the top of the globe.  And then I found a candlestick that had a nice shape to it & disassembled it so I could use just the base.
 


I had my husband remove the handle from the pot lid and drill a hole through both pieces so that it could be wired for a light.  He threaded a hollow bolt through the middle to hold the two pieces together and to attach the socket.   
I spray painted everything oil-rubbed bronze to match the other fixtures in our laundry room.
We drilled three holes in the bottom of the fixture (in what was formerly the pot lid) and threaded screws through them to hold the globe on. 
 
And then it was just a matter of hanging it.  For a really far-fetched concept, this turned out to be a very smooth, easy project.

Here's the run-down on the costs:
globe - $5 at ReStore
socket - $2 at Home Depot
swag hook - $2 at Home Depot
We had the candlestick, pot lid, chain, wire, screws, paint, and canopy cover lying around, so we did save by using what we already had.  (You end up with a lot of spare parts when you mess around with light fixtures as much as I do!) 

I do plan to assemble another fixture with parts found at Home Depot that should be easily replicated, so check back!

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29 comments:

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE it! What an ingenious idea!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

HOLY MOLY! That is too cute! You constantly amaze me. I will see where I need a school house fixture and I am totally using your idea for shower curtain drapery rings in my little guy's nursery! Thanks for the constant inspiration and sassy ideas.

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my word...I'm blown away! No one would EVER guess that that gorgeous light is made up of such unusual parts! You inspire me to think outside of the box more!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said... Best Blogger Tips

You, my friend, are brilliant!!! That looks SO amazing. I am so impressed. :)

Shannon @ The House Creative said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant! I cant believe you put this together at such a thrifty price. Great job! I need new lighting everywhere in my house right now, this in encouraging for me to try it myself.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! I can't believe how creative you are to have come up with that diy solution... plus it's a great look!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! So impressive! I just found you through the Nester and am so glad I did. I can't wait to spend some time checking out your archives.

I love how you find a solution to your needs/wants for a price you can live with. That's the general idea I use, but you seriously make it happen. I tend to think about it for too long and not get it done. I'll be back!

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

Seriously? A pot lid? You're giving Martha Stewart a run for her money. Great job.

Vanessa said... Best Blogger Tips

That is great! Looks way more expensive than 9 bucks!

Karli @ RockyBella said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE it, you are a genius. ;)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing~you rock!

Sarah Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to admit, that was a really creative venture that turned out great!

Aja said... Best Blogger Tips

Are you kidding me?? This is aMAZing!! Awesome job, I'm most impressed!

Amanda@CasaBrasi said... Best Blogger Tips

So much inspiration on your blog! Awesome job!!

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips

You are taking re-purposing to a whole new level. Wow. The light looks great!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said... Best Blogger Tips

Seriously. This is the most brilliant projects I have ever seen! Cheap and gorgeous!

Frugal Home Designs said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! That is all I can say. That looks awesome.

Feasting on Americana said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love it.
I'm constantly amazed to see out of box thinking made seamlessly petty with a coat of paint. Nice job!

Cara@TheSheetBoutique said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a great idea. It looks awesome.

The DIY Show Off said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt, you are a genius. You have the best successful DIY projects. I love this! Great job!!!

Roeshel

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for the info. Becca

Ⓙaη @ ฿◎ßßƴ℘ḯη❝﹩ ℬ◎aґdẘαʟк ツ said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm having to hold up my jaw yet again! Sheer genius!

Ⓙaη @ ฿◎ßßƴ℘ḯη❝﹩ ℬ◎aґdẘαʟк ツ said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt, I had to brag on you about this light fixture as well. You will find the feature at:
http://bobbypinsdesignotebook.blogspot.com/. Feel free to take a "featured" button, and keep up the wonderful inspirational and creative posts!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said... Best Blogger Tips

Are you kidding me! That's awesome! I totally want it but know that I'm not going to be finding any ol' pot lid and candlestick and whip one up. You rock!

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said... Best Blogger Tips

Unbelievable! So creative!

2 Hounds Design said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, that is worth a FOLLOW!

pk @ Room Remix said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Britt! I love how this turned out and how thrifty it is. I linked to it in my post today. Hope all is well and that you're having a good week!

http://roomremixblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/creative-diy-lighting-and-lampshades.html

beth said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! What a creative idea. My husband and I made a homemade schoolhouse light fixture using items we picked up at the Home Depot, but we weren't as creative as you were. That is great!

I'm Busy Procrastinating said... Best Blogger Tips

A pot lid and a candlestick base? Seriously? You "out of the box" thinkers continue to amaze me with your creativity. I bought my schoolhouse lights for my kitchen from Rejuvenation. 'Cause I'm not a genius DIYer like you!

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