Ever since I saw this beautiful orb chandelier that Kristen at My Covered Bridge made, I was in love. In fact it’s been sitting on my DIY I must do Pinterest board since then. Just waiting it’s turn on my never-ending to do list.
I bought the hanging baskets at Home Depot months ago and was raring to go. Only problem was that we didn’t have an existing mini chandelier like Kristin did. We have a plain flush mounted ceiling light in our entry.
I’ve been searching for a cheap mini chandelier for months. In fact every time I go to a thrift store I hit the lighting section first. But no luck, they were all too big.
I put on my thinking cap and came up with the idea to just put a hanging bulb in there. Boy, if it were just that easy. Apparently no one sells a hanging bulb light kit that hardwires into the ceiling. Sure they have a million plug-in lamp kits at Home Depot and Lowes. But nothing for just a plain ol’ hanging bulb.
I finally struck gold the other day at Home Depot. I found a mini pendant light kit!
2 Rounded Hanging Garden baskets
Mini pendant lighting kit
Cool retro/vintage industrial bulb
Metallic spray paint (optional)
Here are the links to the exact stuff I bought at Home Depot (just in case you can’t find it in the store):
First off, remove the chain and coconut liner that came with the baskets. Keep the chain though, you could use it for another project
This is optional (and after the fact I realized it wasn’t necessary) you can paint the basket to match the color of the pendant, which in our case is bronze. The color of the pendant is so dark and the basket wires are so thin that you can’t tell I even painted it.
Remove the clips, widen then up a bit and then re-attach to the basket. They will hold both baskets together.
The cord that comes in the light kit is super long, so your going to need to cut it to size
Not sure where this is supposed to hang, it almost reaches the floor. Maybe if you hang it from a two-story space?
We just cut the cord and exposed the wires how it came from the box. BTW, I’m keeping the extra cord just in case I ever want to hang it somewhere else. You know that design ADD gets the best of me sometimes.
Now you’re ready to assemble your light and hang it up. I forgot to take a picture, but the basket rests on the pendant. In other words, the pendant head and lightbulb go inside the basket. So before installing it string the cord through the large hole in the middle of the top basket.
Remember to shut off the power before you remove your old fixture and while installing the new one.
Here’s a shot of the messy directory inside our electrical box. Switching the power off to that fixture was basically trial and error, cause nothing was how it was labelled.
Here she is, my very own hanging orb light. It was definitely worth the wait.
I love the shadow effect the basket creates on the ceiling…
But my favorite part by far is the bulb. You can’t tell in the other photos, but this is how the vintage bulb looks. You can see the filaments, which is really cool! Gives it an industrial vibe.
Our entry way is finally coming along. Next up, the rug and the stairs.
This project was on the pricier side (for me at least). Here’s the breakdown:
2 Hanging Garden baskets $14
Mini pendant lighting kit $15
Cool retro industrial bulb $9
Spray paint $0 (already had it)
Total Cost: $38
Not so bad, when you consider the cheapest plain hanging light fixture at H.D. is $30.
One last beauty shot for the road, couldn’t resist!