Our house had a serious kitchen lighting dilemma. The kitchen lighting consisted of one ugly huge fluorescent light fixture which you can kind-of-sort-of see in my terrible “before” picture of the kitchen. Oh – and popcorn ceilings.
Once I removed the light fixture (oh – and scraped the popcorn ceilings, spackled, sanded, primed, and painted), I was left with this:
One light fixture junction box for the whole kitchen. Which meant that if I didn’t want to hire an electrician and put a bunch of holes in my newly-perfect ceilings, I needed a single light fixture that would provide enough light for the entire kitchen. I kicked around a few ideas, but I wasn’t 100% sold on even my favorite option. For one, it was almost $200. For another, it felt a little bland.
Would you believe that it was my husband Bryan’s idea for me to make my own light fixture? The boy has some great ideas sometimes! I was all, “What? No way – I can’t make my own light!” But he reminded me that I had always wanted an industrial pipe light fixture, and encouraged me to go for it…
So what do you think – was he right?
I’ve kept this project under wraps for quite some time. I started working on it just about one month ago, and primarily finished it in a few days. However, I needed to wait for my awesome dad to come over and help me figure out the logistics of hanging it, hence the long wait to reveal my handiwork… It almost killed me not to show it off immediately, but once I pictured the shame of excitedly sharing pictures of the not-yet-electrified light fixture only to possibly find out once it was hooked up that it was a dud, I resisted the urge.
But, to my screams of elatedness and vigorous jumping up and down after ceremoniously flipping the switch: it works!!!
I, Brynne Delerson, wired this whole light fixture myself from scratch. So the fact that all six bulbs lit up, the metal frame didn’t start sparking, and I didn’t plunge half of the neighborhood into darkness was a big deal.
We had not had a kitchen light fixture for three months now. Instead, we were using one dinky floor lamp. It feels AMAZING to reach over, flip a switch and be bathed in the brilliance of six 60-watt light bulbs.
Bryan now complains that he needs to wear sunglasses. I suspect this is because he is a vampire and the bright light burns his skin… (I will test this theory further by looking for sparkles in direct sunlight.)
Maybe the fact that I stand there flipping the switch on and off in ecstatic wonderment over and over gets a little annoying… Who knows.
What I do know is that you probably want to know how to make your own fabulous plumbing pipe light fixture. And I desperately want to share with you. So you will have to check out Part 2: How To Make A Fabulous Plumbing Pipe Light Fixture.