One Room Challenge: Week 3 {Pendant Lights}

Posted in DIY
on April 20, 2017

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the One Room Challenge! I feel like this project is snowballing out of control – for every project I finish, I think of and start about three more. But I can’t help it! I love the way our kitchen is coming together, and its got me feeling super inspired. 

 

This week, the project was the lighting in our kitchen. We have pretty standard builder-grade lights throughout our house, which don’t exactly have the charming vibe I’m going for. But we’re also on a pretty tight budget, which limits our lighting upgrade options. 

 

So, in today’s episode of “Reasons Why I Love Amazon”: I found the perfect build-your-own pendant lights that were affordable, simple to install and so perfect for our kitchen! 

 

 Before:

  

And after! 

I ordered the lights in sections: the pendant lights themselves, the wire cages, and the Edison bulbs. The total cost came to $70 – less than $25 per pendant. Not bad at all! The installation was also really simple {Hubby may or may not have done most of the installation work, but I helped!}

Honestly, the hardest part was cutting the rope/wire down to the right size, and straightening out the cords, which were a bit crooked from the box. 

The cords were way too long!

A wire cutter/stripper will be your best friend for this project

If you already have pendant lights, it’s super simple to swap them out. Otherwise, a wire cage is a great addition to existing pendant lights, too. It’s the perfect industrial addition to any space. 

 

Our lights are still a bit crooked since the cords were wrapped up in the boxes, but they’ll straighten out with time, and I still love the way they look. 

Our kitchen is beginning to look much more streamlined, and I’m getting so excited about the finished product in just three more weeks! Due to my never-ending list of projects, I’ll probably be doing more than just one project each week. Here are a few projects coming up for the One Room Challenge: 

 

  • Farmers’ Market sign
  • hanging herb planters
  • coffee bar
  • pantry door makeover 
  • kitchen high-top table makeover 
  • hanging butcher paper memo board

 

As you can see, I have lots to do, and so little time! I sometimes wonder why I do this to myself, and then I remember how much I love having a project (or 10) to work on. This One Room Challenge may just turn into a full room-by-room makeover by the time I’m done with it. 

 

I’d love to hear about your One Room Challenge, or the projects you’re currently working on! I’m always happy to chat πŸ™‚ 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

 

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