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DIY: An Industrial Wall Light for $15

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 21, 2014 01:09 AM
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by Izabella Simmons last modified Mar 20, 2014

We recently featured an Updated Danish Farmhouse  with enchantingly raw interiors: concrete floors, painted brick walls, and industrial lighting. I was particularly taken with the wall-mounted light fixtures in the kitchen that the owners salvaged from a brickyard. I set out to build my own DIY version; here's what I came up with for less than $15 per light.  Photography by Izabella Simmons, unless noted. Inspiration Above: My inspiration—the kitchen of jewelry designer Marie von Lotzbeck and photographer Jakob Kirk, lit by wall-mounted salvaged industrial lights. Photograph by Kira Brandt via Femina . Above: The three kitchen light fixtures mounted in a row. Photograh by Kira Brandt via  Femina . DIY Project After a few trips to my local hardware and lighting stores, I was able to source very similar parts—a few discoveries in the plumbing aisle made it all come together. (Skip ahead if you want to see my results.)  Materials  Red Dot Lamp Holder in Bronze finish; $2.17 from Home Depot 1/2 inch Black Iron Coupling (a plumbing supply part); $1.54 from Home Depot 1/2-inch-by-8 -inch long Black Nipple (also from the plumbing aisle); $2.92 from Home Depot Round Cover for Lamp Holder in bronze by Sigma ; $3.99 from Ace Hardware Phillips Halogen Flood Light Bulb (other light bulb options work as well). Black spray paint (see below)   Above L: Philips 20-Watt Halogen Integrated Electronic Ballast Flood Light Bulb ; $19.97 from Home Depot. Above R: Krylon Spray Paint in Flat Black finish ; $5.38 from Tool Up. Instructions Step 1: Spray paint all of the lamp parts matte black and leave them to dry outside for at least half a day. Step 2: Assemble the pieces—all of the parts have threads that easily screw into one another for complete assembly—yes, it's that easy. Step 3: Hire an electrician to take care of the wiring and installation. That's the next step for me. Finished Project   Above: Not a bad facsimile, eh?      Above:  The DIY lamp ready to be wired and installed. Into making your own light fixtures? Here's a  DIY pendant to consider (hint: it involves drinking straws). And have a look at my  $7 Redo of a Glass Pendant Light  using brass paint. Green thumb? On Gardenista, see A Chandelier That's Also an Herb Garden .






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