DIY Cage Light {Contributors Column}

The following was written by Victoria Major, repurposing contributor for Brooklyn Limestone.



If you’ve noticed all of the amazing globe/pendant lights being featured in design magazines you’re not the only one. Since moving to our new home I have been dreaming day and night of replacing all of the builder’s grade lighting—the only problem is I definitely don’t have $100+ lighting budget for each room. So figured I would try my hand at making my own version for a whole lot cheaper.
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Here’s the materials breakdown for making one of these cuties for yourself…

{ Materials }
-Thrifted Light …… $5.00
- 2x Hanging Baskets …… $2.95 each
- Black Chain ……. $4.95
- Rust-oleum Paint …… $4.95
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Total Cost $20.80!


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After rummaging through the lighting section at my local Habitat ReStore I noticed they had an abundance of these 90’s glass dome chandeliers. When you are looking for a light to upcycle, make sure it’s not soldered or welded together. I chose this type of light because it was a screwed together assembly (and it was only $5 bucks!)

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It only took me around 10 minutes to get the whole thing disassembled into all of its various pieces.

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For the globe/cage that goes around I picked up two common garden hanging baskets. I didn’t want anything too big so I went with the medium sized baskets and they fit pretty perfect. I decided to go with a Hammered Black finish by Rust-oleum. Make sure you put little pieces of painters tape over the sockets prior to painting.

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To fit the cage permanently around the light fixture once it was dry I used black zip ties and then wrapped wire over them to cover them up. Black chain was used to hang the piece from the ceiling and before I knew it, there was a glowing pendant hanging in my dining room.

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{ If your wondering what to do with that over-sized glass piece I had you save-- you can see what I did with mine later this week. }

10 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I love this project! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for some ugly 90's lighting :)

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  2. I'll be honest, I like both... the before & after of that lamp! :)

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  3. How creative! Looks great!

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  4. Gotta love an inexpensive upcycle!

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  5. Wow. You've done it AGAIN! Love the idea of the wire hanging baskets to create a "globe." The final product is perfect for your space/use.

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  6. So good Victoria! I am definitely making one of these! And that left over glass cage thing looks like a terrarium in the making.

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  7. This is awesome! I love the industrial look. I never would've thought to put these items together. GREAT upcycle idea.

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