But my favorite thing I think I've ever seen at Pottery Barn was this light. And it's only a measly four-HUNDRED-dollars! (gulp) Or, that's how I tried to rationalize the cost to myself and my husband, but it was a no-go for this hobo. So sad too, because I knew it would look gorgeous in our dining room.
But then! I found THIS on PINTEREST (proof that something like this could be DIY'd):
And a few great tutorials (here and here) on how to make your own pendant or chandelier lights with mason jars! I was sold. And I eventually convinced Aaron to be in on it too (it really was QUITE the project).
Here's what we ended up with. We are so happy. And tired (did I mention yet that it was a lot of work?) I've got all the details below for those whose hearts also ache for that much-too-expensive PB light.
Here's the cost breakdown:
$ 6.97 - pint-sized mason jars (all the quart-sized ones were given to me!)
$ 4.34 - mason jar lids with bands
$ 22.20 - lamp wire
$ 34.44 - sockets
$ 3.98 - wire nuts
$ 11.88 - lightbulbs
$ 8.48 - spray paint
$ 12.00 - wood for base
$ 4.50 - clamps for wires
$ 108.79 TOTAL (WIN!!)
We are thrilled with the results. And thrilled to actually have LIGHT in our dining room. Now, we really have no excuse for eating dinner in the living room.
Anywho, for those who are interested in the "how-to", read on!
The original PB light had 16 pendants, but we decided to go with 12 lights instead.
12 Mason jars (I used 6 quart and 6 pint) with 12 lids & bands
60 ft of 18-2 lamp wire
12 fixture sockets
50 wire nuts
12 lightbulbs ( we used 25 watt)
12 electrical clamps
2 cans of dark bronze spray paint
1"x8" poplar board (28" long)
1"x1.5" poplar boards for sides of the base (2 x 28" long, 2 x 6.5" long) -- Measurements vary!!!
NOTE: We used Poplar because it was smooth and less expensive, but I don't think the type of wood you use matters too much (?)
NOTE: If I could do this all over again, I would use keyless sockets instead of fixture sockets. Keyless sockets do not have wires already attached. This way, you can connect your lamp wire directly to the socket and you wouldn't need to mess with wire nuts. Alas, the Home Depot guy steered me wrong, and I am "le stuck" with what I've "le got".
NOTE: This is a good time to remind you that if you are not electrically-saavy (or don't have one of those people helping you), that you should stop. right now. Call or hire someone to help you.
Connect your wires to the power in the ceiling. I would recommend making your main connecting wire from the light to the electrical box a nice long one so you can rest the assembled fixture on a ladder while you do this - instead of killing your helper's arms while they attempt to hold this somewhat-heavy project up while you do your wiring thing. Once you have this hooked up and before you go attaching this to the ceiling, TEST YOUR LIGHT. Turn the power back on and make sure it all is working according to plan because you are not going to want to take it down again if it's not working (can you tell this happened to us?!)
If it's a go, screw the base into the electrical box - we had to use 3" #8 machine screws. We also screwed the base into the ceiling/anchors in a few other locations just to be sure that this thing was not coming down (i.e. I'm paranoid).
Step 13: Celebrate and bask in the glory of your new light.
I added this project to the Pinterest Challenge! Check out some of the other cool projects that people did -- especially my faves from Sherry Petersik and Katie Bower!