A pendant light is a quick project to add some character and needed lighting to any corner of any room. Our guest today took an old drum shade and turned it into this fun wood shim pendant light:
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But now… the tutorial you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s Chaney to thrill and amaze you with a super easy pendant light tutorial:
Wood Shim Pendant Light Tutorial
by Chaney of May Richer Fuller Be
Hey y’all! My name is Chaney and I blog over at May Richer Fuller Be. I’m so glad to be here today to share one of my DIY projects: a wood shim pendant light!
Before I get started, let me tell you a little bit about myself. May Richer Fuller Be is my little blog where I share bits about my life and loves – big and small. I dabble in graphic and interior design, and would rather DIY something than buy it. I’m a genetic counselor by day, and a blogger by nights and weekends. I started May Richer Fuller Be as a creative outlet to share all the projects that were constantly popping into my head and so that my husband wouldn’t have to listen to me chatter away about my next creative endeavor :). In addition to being a wife to a wonderful man, I’m also “mom” to a silly lhasa apso/poodle mix named Jackson. You’ll see him pop up from time to time on the blog. He likes to make guest appearances.
Some of my favorite projects I’ve done to date are my grasscloth upholstered IKEA Expedit, a vintage kitchen cart makeover and my curtain-upholstered headboard. I’d love for you to stop by and say hello sometime.
Now onto the project of the day – the wood shim pendant light! This project is really simple and you don’t any electrical skills to make it work, I promise.
The dining area in our tiny apartment is basically just a small section of wall between the living room and hallway to the bedroom, so I wanted to put a pendant light over the table to give it a little more definition and provide some light in that area. Since we’re renters, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a temporary light, so I came up with this solution. Here’s how I did it.
- Drum shade
- 2 packages of wood shims (amount will vary depending on how large your drum shade is)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Pendant light kit
- S-hook, a small corner brace and screw to hang it (check your ceiling material to see what kind of screws and/or anchors you need)
- Cord clips
Step one: Gather your supplies.
Step 2: Plug in your hot glue gun and get gluing!
Step 3: Attach shade to the pendant light kit/cord set.
Step 4: Install pendant light.
I’m really happy with how this turned out. It really makes our dining space feel like a dining space – if you know what I mean, and the light is completely unique! And since there was no hardwiring involved, my landlord will be happy as well when we move out!
Thanks for sharing with us, Chaney! What a simple way to define a space — and yay for keeping a landlord happy, too!
Visit Chaney at May Richer Fuller Be to see more of her fabulous ideas and DIYs.