I had been meaning, since January, to get some pendant lights hanging from our guest bedrooms, but just never got around to it. Half, because I didn't get the lights put together, and half because our wonderful electrician friend wasn't able to help until recently. So a couple weeks ago, our friend popped over and spent the morning adding light to our rooms.
Here's a before picture, taken right after our friend added the hole in the ceiling:
I wasn't there for most of the electrical work. Kerry did most of the "supervising." Electrical work is one thing that I won't DIY. The most electrical work I've done and will probably ever do is changing a light bulb or switching out a switch plate. I'd suggest, for any electrical work or installation, to seek the advice of an electrician…or make friends with one like we did !
However, I did put together the pendant lights that are hanging in the rooms. I purchased two Portfolio Pendant Fitters from Lowe's, a plain drum shade from Lowe's for $14, and a plain drum shade from Tuesday Morning for $12. Not too shabby for prices. I got plain drum shades because I eventually plan to find some pretty fabric and redesign the shades.
I just took apart the pendant fitter and connected the drum shade to it. It was pretty simple, but sorry for the lack of photos.
Then our friend did the rest. I also purchased a simple ceiling medallion to fancy up the pendant fixture. He hung up everything and connected the switches. Now we have ceiling lights ! I'm telling you, it's the little things that make me happy. I love walking into the room and having lights turn on from the ceiling.
My friend did the exact same thing to the other guest bedroom, just minus the ceiling medallion. Love that room too ! Besides that actual electrical work, making the pendant lights were pretty simple and quick. I love those types of projects.
How do you bring light to your room? Corner lights? Floor lamps?
Now you can Do It Yourself Too !