It can be difficult sometimes, when you craft as much as Lynn and I do, to find places to actually put the things that we craft. Fortunately, I do not have that problem with this craft. We were in a small lighting store in Portland that was masquerading as a toy store when we thought up this project. As we browsed the section of Edison style light bulbs (really, the only section any light store should have in our opinion) we saw a cylindrical bulb with a descending spiral with a dimmer switch. The parts were quickly purchased and upon our return to San Jose, we commenced construction.
We have long been impressed with wall hanging light fixtures. They open up a room and give it a lot more space because you don’t have to use valuable floor space. Better yet, you can hang the light over an area where you don’t want the full ceiling lights. For example, over a book corner or comfy chair where you can curl up and read a book, over a couch where many netflix marathons will take place, or over a desk used late into the night. The last location was our preference this time around.
First thing to do after we bought the light was to choose what frame to use. We thought about using wood with metal studs to make the frame but decided against it. When in doubt, to Pinterest! We settled on a shelving unit from Ikea found here.
We drilled holes large enough for the wire to fit through then stained it with Carrington color brown wood stain, but you can use whatever color you prefer. We chose to go with a darker brown to match the darker metal of the light socket.
Once the stain had dried, I strung the unfinished lamp wire through the holes we drilled. Then came the fun part of working with wires. I don’t have a lot of experience with electrical work (replacing a few wall outlets growing up) but i gave it a shot. It is fairly simple as the sheath was already partially peeled back. I attached the prongs that allow it to plug into a wall and attached the dimmer and wire extender to that and viola!
This light is perfect for my small room. It is high enough above my desk to not be obtrusive but still gives off enough light to illuminate the room. Overall, I am very pleased with the results. Hope you enjoyed this post and good luck with your next project!