It's been an amazing Pallets Aplenty week — and today is the last day! We're finishing strong though with an amazingly talented guest and her amazing pallet wood light box that you're going to go rustic-crazy for! (And, bonus, it matches her pallet kitchen island, check it out below.) Welcome the very talented Jen to Remodelaholic and try not to drool too much over her beautifully redone kitchen 😉
How to Make a Pallet Wood Light Box
by Jen from Noting Grace
- Pallet wood pieces
- Allen Roth lighting fixture
- Deck screws
- Anchor screws
- Carpenters Square
- Power Drill
- Circular Saw
- Stud Finder
- 1 1 x 1 pine baluster
When we found this light fixture from Allen Roth at Lowe's, I immediately fell in love with it because I can change the glass shades to mason jars if I want. The glass pendants were perfect to allow the light to fully shine through, but I didn't want them clustered together. The challenge was separating the clustered lights to be spread across the length of the kitchen island.
Here's how we did it:
What I love about pallet wood is the weathered, aged aspect.
We used the old nail holes to screw the box together and it just adds to the charm!
Now it's time to affix the box to the ceiling. We cut the 1 x 1 baluster in half and used them as braces. This is what you will screw the box to so make sure your box fits snug around the braces. Use a stud finder to find the joists in the ceiling and screw them in. In our case, there wasn't a joist on one side, so we had to use heavy duty anchor screws.
Next, we needed to wire the box and separate the cluster of lights. Another thing I loved about this light fixture is that it allows you to choose your lengths and is easy to disassemble into 3 separate cords.
We drilled holes big enough for each cord to feed through the light box.
We just knotted the cord to the length that we wanted to hang the pendant lights.
The awesome thing about the light box is that we were able to keep the length of the light cords in case we ever wanted to rehang this fixture someplace else. All that extra cord is stowed away in the box.
Finally, we fit the box around the braces, holding it tight to the ceiling, and screwed the sides of the light box into the braces.
Easy peasy, done in one afternoon and swoon-worthy!
I love that I was able to create an easy, budget friendly light fixture that solved so many issues. No more dark, dreary kitchen, lots of light over our revamped kitchen island, and a unique piece that is a definite conversation starter when company comes!
Jen, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work — I love your kitchen!
Remodelaholics, go pay Jen a visit at Noting Grace and don't miss her Almost Farmhouse Home Tour!
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