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Make a Pendant | 101

One of my favorite projects to date (& probably our least expensive!) was our Brass Bowl Kitchen Pendant.  The beautiful thing about this project is that anyone can do this, with any bowl or vessel & a few readily available materials from your local hardware store.  As our Pendant is still one of my favorite things, I thought I would revisit it & break down the project a little further.

As a reminder, our kitchen pendant light was my first ever thrift store purchase at $3, roughly.  My husband thought I was crazy when I bought it & said I wanted it to be our new light fixture.  It was dusty & dirty.  It had old styrofoam hot glued in it, I'm sure from a glamorous faux floral arrangement... I can just see it can't you?!? This little brass bowl had seen far better days, but I believe it was destined to grace our kitchen.

Like I said above, this technique can be used on any bowl, vessel, vase that you would like!  It doesn't have to be brass or even metal.  The possibilities are endless.  Simply follow the steps below & you too can have a totally custom light fixture.

The main things to remember when selecting your vessel is size... will it be able to hold the light kit & a bulb?  You generally want a depth of at least 6-8" to be safe.  Also, I prefer to use a footed bowl.  This way any of the light kit attachments on top are concealed.

I used leftover chain & an old canopy from a previous fixture.  The brass finish didn't match on the canopy, so I spray painted it with flat black & used some steel wool to take of the paint on the raised areas of the canopy.  This allowed the pieces to blend together really well I think.  It also helped to tie in the black to our featured chalkboard wall.  

Given that we had all of the items lying around from previous projects, this install cost us only the cost of the bowl & a new lightbulb.  Not too shabby.  As I always say, be sure to hunt your home before you start a project, you'd be surprised how many materials you might already have.

Additional Tutorials from our Kitchen Redo:

x o  -  Kristin

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  1. I absolutely LOVE this. It looks like a one-of-a-kind fixture with a vintage feel. Amazing.

  2. this is my all time favorite thing I have ever seen on a blog!!!!
    Absolutely gorgeous!

  3. This is such a freakin amazing idea!!! I love it!

  4. What a cool idea, i actually have chain pliers from jewelry making so that would be handy in this project. Seems somewhat easy but I'd never have thought to do this. Brilliant!

  5. Awesome. Amazing. I love that bowl. I have an incredibly ugly 80s chandelier and an equally ugly 60s lampshade that I am going to attempt to combine into something attractive. I've never built a light before, so this post is very encouraging.

  6. Hi Kristin! I love this light so much I'm going to feature it tomorrow on my 'Weekly Wonders' blog post. Thank you for sharing! ~Lisa

  7. What a perfect lighting solution! Love the way the brass looks with your hardware and pops against the gray tones you have in your kitchen!

  8. This is still one of my favorite DIY's too! It looks so amazing in your kitchen!! XoXo

  9. I just love the warmth and character your pendant adds to the kitchen. Gorgeous. I'm sharing on my Weekend Reflections today.


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