DIY Pendant Light

As I was shopping for a light to go above the kitchen sink, my mind was on some of my favourites that I’ve seen lately:


The Vintage Barn Light from Restoration Hardware $299-399


Vintage Streetlight from Restoration Hardware $329- $549

Because those images were tucked away in my head, I got up the courage to buy this at our local Restore (Habitat for Humanity’s building supply thrift store).

DIY Pendant Light

(I forgot to take the picture before I took it apart. Just imagine a gold chain and gold wire) Cost – $8.00

I had this in my bag when the electrician was here. When I pulled it out to show him, his reaction was hilarious. His eyes lit up and I could just imagine what he really wanted to say. Instead, he said, “Well, it’s not a bad light…”. We all just laughed…

He did advise us to put in new wiring and porcelain socket thing. There was a carefully written notation inside that said “porcelain socket replaced 1983”. It was time to do it again.

So while my husband fiddled with all the electrical parts, I got out my spray paint and went outside. (Tip Alert!: Note the paper I have taped to cover the hole. I covered the entire white inside with paper attached with painter’s tape. I didn’t want any spray paint to sneak onto the inside.)

DIY Pendant Light

I thought it was hilarious that you could see the entire outside view in the reflection of that gold hood. And, look! For the first time in my life, I have long legs! tee hee!

DIY Pendant Light

I propped the pieces onto a glass jar and coffee tin. It made great spraying stations. I could spin them around without having to touch the freshly painted item.

DIY Pendant Light

I sprayed “oil-rubbed bronze” in satin finish in thin layers. I took my chances and didn’t prime first. I wasn’t sure if I needed to…and it seemed to work fine without it.

Here it is all finished and hung.

DIY Pendant Light


DIY Pendant Light

DIY Pendant Light

And for those of you who like the cost break-down, here it is:

Light at the Restore: $8.00 Spray Paint: already had Electrical Parts: $8.25 (with all taxes added)

DIY Pendant Light

Total: $16.25. Hmmm…slightly cheaper than the others on my wish list!Smile


Similar Posts


Join my list for more ideas for you and your home…


  1. Rita Joy, you are an inspiration…not that I can do any of this stuff. I'm waiting for you to come and redo my house!!!! 🙂
    Your kitchen looks amazing. I want to see it in person!

    Love you,

  2. Wow, WHAT a transformation. I could easily picture that in some RH catalog! Well done.

  3. What a wonderful transformation. I love these budget DIY projects…no need to spend a fortune to look amazing. Great job!

  4. Wow! I love the new look! And the price! You did a beautiful job.

    I'm visiting from Pink Postcard's party and am looking forward to following your blog.

    Have a great day.

  5. Oh my gosh, that is awesome. I love it!

    I've had pretty good luck with ORB and no primer. I'm sure it will hold up 🙂

  6. This is SO SO cool!! They just opened a Restore store near us last weekend and I'm dying to go there! You did a fantastic job on this — just love it!

  7. It looks GREAT! I am working on a schoolhouse light project for my kitchen as we speak! Look for pictures next week 🙂

  8. Wow….that is just amazing!! Thanks so much for linking it up… should link this to Knock-Off Decor…I think that you would get featured! 🙂

  9. GREAT thrifty replacement for those expensive alternatives!! I love it…and I LOVE ReStore!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to "20 Below Thursday"! 🙂

  10. Love what you did to the light fixture, really looks great! I found you from The Pink Postcard and I'm now a follower!


  11. I love that light! I wish I had a place to add one like it in my home. So cute!

  12. This looks great!! Would you mind sharing what spray paint you used? I've been searching for that same color 🙂

  13. Hi e.louise, The spray paint I used was Krylon's "oil rubbed bronze" in satin finish. Happy painting!

  14. Just found your blog. Love the bird painting with scripture! Might have to try to make my own version – I love bird anything. But the light fixture ….turned out amazing. Funny, I just stopped at my Habitat Restore yesterday and brought home some cupboard doors. I looked at the lighting and passed on by because too much bronze. Your idea will be perfect if I can find 2 alike on my next visit!! Thanks for sharing your ideas. They are terrific!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.