Hello! It is good to be back, I hope you had a wonderful vacation!
Today I am excited to share a fun lighting project! I made this awesome Rectangle Chandelier for my sister's house, and they are loving it!!
I have to be honest, NONE of the photos do this justice. Truth. The linen shades looks so awesome in person. I actually built this at my sister's house while visiting there last week, and I didn't have my nice camera, so what you see is what you get.
Can you see those huge windows leaning against the wall? They will be putting those in too, four of them. It is going to look amazing. Anyway...
Oh, and don't you worry, I have the free plans for this over at Buildsomething.com, Kreg's awesome DIY Project Site. I always like to share my picture tutorial here too, since I am such a visual person.
It is always fun to do projects with my family. Remember my Sister's Closet/Laundry Room Makeover? Well this is the same sister...and yes, sadly they had to leave that room behind because of the move.
We stapled the sides first then I finished off the corners last, cutting out any extra fabric so it wasn't so bulky. My corners don't look the best, I am still new to upholstering. :) I loved how they looked like little canvas frames when they were done.
I removed the outer cover and used the sockets and wiring. You could also build your own with purchased sockets if you wanted. Then using a scrap board I measured and drilled holes for the light sockets to go into.
I show you how to do similar wiring in my DIY Plug-in Sconces, from pendant lights post. If you have not done wiring before I suggest you hire an electrician to install your light, or find a very good tutorial online. Always turn off breakers when working with wiring, and be safe, do not attempt if you don't know what you are doing.
Here is a rough cost breakdown: (estimated costs assuming you have tools and fasteners)
Wood: less than $10
1 yd Linen: $5
Repurposed light fixtures: $4
Swag Light kit: $15
Spray Paint: $4
electrician to install: $25
So for under $75 we build this high end looking light fixture! Not bad! Using a repurposed light fixture is really where we did the saving on this project. We did end up hiring an electrician to hang it because the wiring in the ceiling looked off, and I didn't want to mess with doing it wrong or messing it up. Better save than sorry!
I would LOVE it if you headed over to Buildsomething.com to see my free plans and get the rest of the details on this build!
I will be linking to these parties, Savvy Southern Style.