Friday, May 18, 2012

Pantry Light

Yesterday I gave you a little teaser about a broken light that I am very excited about. The reason I am so excited is that while this is the broken part,

This is the working part

And I saw big potential for the working half. The other reason I am very excited about this light is that while it was originally $132 when it wasn't broken, in it's broken state it was a cool $3.50. I actually had to check with a sale's guy at Lowe's to check to make sure I was looking at the correct label (have I mentioned how much I LOVE the clearance isles at Lowe's?).

The reason I grabbed this light was because I had pinned this light on Pinterest months ago and have been looking for a way to make it since.

This light was at Pottery Barn but they no longer sell it. I really loved the idea of having a lamp like this with recipes hanging off of it for the pantry and I figured I could make something similar with my cheap light.

I started with these. I had some wire, wire snips, pliers to bend the wire and some leftover outdoor wire mesh which is about 3 in wide.

I made a big circle out of the mesh that was just the right diameter to snugly fit into my light. (Do this by first measuring the diameter of what you want to fit, then find the circumference... circumference= pi*diameter .... that is how long of a piece of mesh you need to cut)

I then connected the ends of the mesh with little pieces of wire using my pliers to bend the wire around.

I then made one more circle and attached both to my light using little pieces of wire. We also covered the light bulb with a piece of our old dinning room chandelier to diffuse the light.

I had a duplicate copy of one of my cookbooks so I took it apart and picked out a bunch of pages to use for my light.

I then used paper clips to attach the recipes to the mesh.

Initially we hung the light so it was in the middle of the room but it made the room feel really small and Nate's head hit it every time he went in.

So instead, we centered it over the counter and in front of the window.

Now we love it!

Nate also rewired the light since it came with a non-traditional socket. He replaced it with a normal socket but even with that, this light cost less than $10! 

inking To: Hi Sugar Plum, The Great Indoors, House of Hepworths, My Repurposed Life, Our Delightful Home, Five Days Five Ways, Serenity Now, Lovely Etc., The Rooster and the Hen, Six Sisters Stuff, Tatertots and Jello, Wayward Girls Crafts, Twigg Studio, Serendipity and Spice, Ask Anna, Home Stories A to Z, Uncommon Designs, House wives of RivertonCrafty Texas GirlsSouthern InstituteWatch out Martha!


  1. Tres cool light shade! :) And the cool thing is, you can update it seasonally, or whenever your paper starts to show signs of age. :)

  2. That turned out great! Such a good idea.

  3. I love your pantry, and this light is amazing! You are very creative, now following, would love for you to visit and follow me too @

  4. This is gorgeous and such a clever project! You are my kind of gal, practical with a bent towards pretty design. Love this!

  5. Very nice! It's great to see the possibilities in sales. Following you now and would love to have you join up the Weekend Blog Hop at:

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  6. very fun light! I like the glow it seems to give. :)


  7. Aren't you ingenious! Love how you made that into something so cool for your pantry. And the price is a big WOW! I found you at Serendipity and Spice. Hope you'll stop and visit at Quirky Vistas some time.

  8. What a cute and creative idea!! We appreciate you linking up with us!! It's so fun to see all of the great ideas and recipes! We hope to see you back again soon! -The Sisters

  9. Fabulous - I actually have the original Pottery Barn version and people have asked me where I got it (but as you know, it's been discontinued). You did an amazing job - $3.50 - score!

  10. I've always liked that light from Pottery Barn, too. It's awesome that you spotted the fixture at Lowe's before anyone else could grab it. It was perfect for your knockoff! ;)

    I would love to have you link your creativity to my linky party - Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you there.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  11. Oh I love love this!! It definitely exudes pottery barn lushness...very cool..