Hello! It’s spring now and that means spring cleaning, which for me means re-arranging the house twelve times and deciding that I need to change something. This year I seem to have an obsession with lights!
Maybe it’s because any other change will likely be short-lived as we are going to have to start ripping out floors at some point…
Or maybe because when I decide to replace the broke cabinet door and drawer front with a top cabinet door I’m left with a pile of junk to find a home for…cause you know I can’t just throw it all away.
Or maybe I’ve developed an obsession since my hill-billy chandelier (my husband coined that term and it stuck…I call it country class) last fall.
Whatever the reason, when I cleaned the light fixture above my sink I realized how stinking easy it would be to replace the oversized covers with mason jars.
These go on a bit differently from most.
There’s a wing nut that holds up the cover, and it just so happens to be the perfect size to hold the lid of a mason jar.
Super easy and all I have left to do is paint the lids to match the fixture.
I went ahead and put them on though cause I couldn’t wait to get started on the next thing…
I was inspired by this chandelier by All Things Thrifty. It’s a wonderful tutorial! Hers has five lights and bigger baskets…check it out!!!
It wasn’t hard but it took me awhile because I way overthink things. When it came down to actually getting it done it was super quick! I really wish I could get a good picture but it is impossible!!
It was sort of funny in a “I was totally freaking out” sort of way, but the board I wanted was in the midst of some dead looking poison ivy. Yeah, it only looked that way. I ended up with a blistered rash all over my face two days before my CDL test. It got dangerously close to my eyes and I thought I would have to cancel because you typically need to see to drive, but Ivarest dried it up super fast!!
I was telling the fellow riding to the test with me about how I had come to have this ugly rash and he told me about an awesome light makeover his uncle had done using mason jars. I’m not sure he didn’t think I was making things up when I told him, “I just did that!”
Anyway, with my perfect board all picked out I headed to the Dollar Tree and picked up three wire- baskets. They only had one black so I used some textured spray paint to give the others a grungy facelift. I also textured my camera…which does not make me happy.
I temporarily used rubber bands to keep one side of the socket from sliding all the way up and hot glue from the other side to secure it in place.
I’m not going to go into wiring in detail. I was pretty sure I didn’t want to burn my house down, and I’m even more certain that I don’t want to be responsible for burning down yours.
All I will tell you is when you are sure of what gauge wire to use…which will not be my fault because I didn’t steer you…make sure that the same wire is running between each corresponding screw on the socket. One wire on mine has a raised ridge running the length so you can keep them apart. Others may have a colored strip or something like that.
Snip out a hole in the center of your basket at least as big as the socket and attach the baskets to the board. I just used some small reclaimed screws.
I used wire from the holes I cut on a couple of baskets to secure the handles from falling down when hung.
We were a bit concerned about live wires being exposed so I cut notches in the lids of some fish food bottles (which weren’t empty but very tragically the fish finally died and I will never ever ever have another) and hot glued them in place. Can’t go around zapping moths that may land there.
My original plan was to hang this above my kitchen table which does not currently have a light. So I tried to get my husband to run one, and he really was going to…but he didn’t. The wiring in this house…huh. I don’t want to talk about.
So instead of tying into an un-discernable mess I just replaced the fan in my computer room which has been broken since before I moved in. Thirteen years ago.
You may remember me mentioning the need to replace it when I painted the floor in there last fall.
I had trouble figuring how to hang it and tried a few different things, but ultimately used the ceiling mount from the fan we took down.
Some black spray paint and voila! I didn’t get a pic (because the husband was super over it by the third time we un-wired it and took it down to do it this way), but there were three screws that attached it to the fan and I just used those holes to screw it to the board. It got it down away from the ceiling a bit, too, which I like better.
Although that does make my yellow fish food lids visible from the kitchen. Whose going to critique it like me, though?
Again…it’s so much cooler in person!! Just try to imagine three baskets on a board flipped upside down with lights in them…attached to the ceiling. That sounds wonderful…right?
‘Til next time!