I adore Ballard Designs and am always looking for ways to achieve their look, but within my budget. I had dogeared this light from Ballard’s and put on my wish list, but the shade alone is $49 and the lighting kit is a whopping $79! $128 for one pendant light wasn’t going to fit in my budget. But I was in luck! Here’s how we created our own Farmhouse Industrial Metal Light for a fraction of the cost.
On our last visit home, my Father in law gave me a gorgeous, green enamel pendant light that had been sitting in his garage.
Trent’s parents own a shop and these were the original lights that were hanging in the shop. They replaced them back in the 80s, but lucky for me, they kept the enamel shades!
No worries if you don’t have a sweet in law to gift you one of these! You can find a shade inexpensively on amazon. Here’s one I found on Amazon. (affiliate link)
When we moved in, the kitchen had a hideous fluorescent light that we temporarily replaced with this one.
Honestly, I HATED it! So this enamel light shade was a light bulb moment! (see what I did there?)
When we were gifted this rusty piece, I immediately knew where I wanted to put it.
How awesome is that rust? I know some people want things pristine and perfect, but this has character and a story and I LOVE it!
You can purchase a pendant light kit for about $15 and with this pendant shade being free, I was able to get the look I wanted for $114 cheaper than the one on my wish list!
You hard wire the light kit directly to the junction box in the ceiling. I am not electrically inclined, so be sure to check out proper tutorials on how to wire a light kit.
Since he attachment comes with a screw on connector, you can attach whatever pendant shade you are using.
Wire the light up and hang your shade!
BOOM SHAKA LAKA!
We went from this:
All for $15!
For more details about our Kitchen Remodel, check out these posts: