Easy and Affordable DIY Industrial Farmhouse Pendant Lights

DIY Industrial Farmhouse Pendant Lights

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Welcome to part 3 of our Master Bedroom Update on a Budget!  So far we made our plan for this room, made a DIY shiplap wall, and now for some new lighting!  This is a simple DIY project I made that changed the whole look in our bedroom.  And it was easy and cheap!  Check out how I made two DIY industrial farmhouse pendant lights and brackets for $40 total!

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DIY Industrial Farmhouse Pendant Lights

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You can see our original plans for the room and what we are starting with –  Click here and one of my favorite projects to date is our DIY Shiplap Wall.   When I started this project, I didn’t plan to redo the lighting in here.  We have two lamps that are from Goodwill – I spray painted them white and bought some decent shades.  However, the shades are always crooked!  No matter what – every time I walk in our room, I have to look at wonky shades.   I like the look of pendant lights and saw several easy tutorials on Pinterest.  This one from mylittlehousehappyheart caught my eye in particular and her directions were clear so I figured, why not? Thanks Holly for the inspiration!

Supplies

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  • cord light kits – $8.99 each at Michaels
  • wire cage pendants – $8.99 each at Michaels (these are the ones I have but they are currently out of stock so I also found these on Amazon) UPDATE:  These were only $8.99 when I did this project, but I checked as of 7/2018 and they’ve increased to $14.99 each.
  • 2 bulbs – I had 2 60 watt bulbs already
  • Wood Glue – already had on hand but if not you can get a small bottle for about $3
  • 1×2 board that is at least 4 feet long (4 feet will give you room for error) – $3.66
  • Wood screws/sheetrock screws – we just used 4 sheetrock screws that we already had on hand
  • Stain – I used leftover Minwax stain in Ebony – you will only need a small amount.
  • Miter saw – I had this on hand – if you don’t have one, find a neighbor or someone that can do a few quick cuts for you.  Definitely don’t want to run out and buy a miter saw for a simple project like this!

Make Your Cuts

I cut two 13″ pieces of wood, then 2 10″ pieces and then used the miter saw to cut an 2 11″ pieces at 45 degree angles. They are 11 inches from the longest points.

 Sand down any rough edges and that’s all the cuts you need!

Stain and Put them Together!

I use Minwax stains for most of my projects and for this one I used “ebony”.  It only takes a small amount and I didn’t want to buy a whole new can of another color.  I was worried it may be too dark, but one thin coat with an old lint free shirt and it was perfect. 

I tend to use very little stain at first – you can always add more.  Swipe on some stain and then use a different rag or cloth to wipe it.  You don’t want to glob it on or you’ll end up with a sticky mess that takes forever to dry.  

Initially my plan was to drill a hole large enough for the cord to feed through.  However these light kits come with a switch that’s close to the bottom of the cord.  It’s about 2.5 inches long and 2 inches wide so there is no feeding that through a small hole.  

This was a problem because these are going on the wall and I need the back of the bracket to lay flat against the wall.  The Mr is kind of particular, so I know wrapping the cord along the bracket would not work for him.

My solution is to notch out a groove on the top of the bracket and the back for the cord to lay in.  Kind of like a little ditch that hides the cord.  I used the miter saw and made a groove in each piece and then we finished it out by clamping it to saw horses and cutting the rest of the ditch with a jigsaw.  You don’t want to go through the wood.  

They aren’t neat and clean (I don’t own the right tools to make it neat and clean), but you don’t see it.  Unless you are peering over the top of my light fixtures and in that case, I’m not sure I want you in my room!

 

Glue them Together

I used wood glue to attach the pieces together.  If I didn’t have grooves in the back and top, I would screw them together too, but no room for screws, so here’s hoping the wood glue is good enough! –

UPDATE two years later – the glue is holding strong!  No issues whatsoever.

Attach them to the Wall

It’s a good idea to drill a few pilot holes before attaching to the wall.  This wood is pretty thin and you don’t want to risk splitting it while you’re drilling into the wall.  We drilled one pilot hole on each end before putting them up.  We made sure the pendant lights are hanging at the same length and wallah!  Two lights and brackets for $40!DIY industrial pendant lights

I love these DIY industrial farmhouse pendant lights!   And $40 for both! Not too bad and I still had a few bucks leftover for the rest of the makeover.  Stay tuned for the final post of our Master Bedroom update on a budget!  And be sure to check out the shiplap we added!

And if you’re not into DIY, but like the industrial farmhouse pendant lighting, I found some plug in as well as hardwired choices!

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Update – You can see the final makeover by clicking here!

Sometimes building something is intimidating at first, but you’ll be surprised at what you can learn!  Check out these other DIY projects for more ideas!  A DIY Farmhouse table and DIY Baby Gate that were much easier than I expected!

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49 Replies to “Easy and Affordable DIY Industrial Farmhouse Pendant Lights

  1. They came out beautiful❤️ I love how you cut the groove in the center for the cord…thank you so much for the shout out! So glad my sconces inspired you. Your bedroom looks great, I have yet to try shiplap but I want to…many of my million project ideas!

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  3. This is an adorable project! I love DIY projects that look so clean and professional in the home. You have a great site!!

  4. Love the entire room! The lights turned out great! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  5. These turned out so fabulous! They fit right in with your beautiful bedroom.

    Thank you so much for sharing your project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

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