DIY Light Pendant!

This DIY light pendant was simple to make!  It took less than an hour to put together, and about 1/2 hour to hang.

It took much longer to find the colander and hardware I wanted to use than it did to make the light fixture!

P.S.  This was the first step in the home kitchen renovations!  I will post a much better photo of this light as I make more progress on the kitchen.  If you would like to follow that progress, please subscribe to the email list at the top of the page.

The First Step Was to Remove The Fan.

My son and a friend helped to take down the non-functional, vintage ceiling fan.  The initial plan was to repair and reinstall the fan with a light added, but that was a little too much to handle with all the repairs needed in the "new" house.

So, on to Plan B - making a colander pendant light!

I had already saved a photo of a similar light in my decorating notebook.

Tools Needed for This Kitchen Light.

I used a drill and a jig saw to make the hole in the top of the colander I wanted as the shade for the DIY light pendant.

Cost Estimate.

My kitchen light cost close to $100.  I could have made it for less using different hardware from one of the Big Box Stores.

See links below for my choices.

Step One:
  Make Hole in Bottom of Colander.

Glass insets on this door had slipped since the door was installed 33 years earlier.

To make the hole in the colander:

  1. Determine the size needed to accommodate your lighting hardware;
  2. Mark a circle on the center of the bottom of the colander;
  3. Drill a hole within that circle as wide as the blade of your saber saw;
  4. Insert the saber saw within the drilled hole and cut around your mark.

Step Two:
Attach the Light Hardware.

The hardware I used for this DIY light pendant was VERY simple!  I just had to insert into the colander, and screw on a ring.

Step 3:
Hang the DIY Light Pendant.

The first step in hanging was to determine how far down the pendant light should come.  Everything I read said it should be about 30 to 36 inches above the kitchen island, measuring from the top of the island to the bottom of the light.

The variation depends on the height of the people using the kitchen island.  You want to hang it so it doesn't obstruct the view of the tallest person using the island.

The trick then is to determine the distance from the ceiling, because the adjustments for length are made at the junction box in the ceiling.

I was glad I was only hanging one light, and not trying to get 2 or 3 to exact height of the first!

My Choices
for DIY Pendant Light.

I Purchased a Susie Q Colander.

I looked for a colander with a star pattern on it hoping that the star pattern would be reflected around the room when the light was on at night.  Didn't work out that way. . .

But, if you like the Susie Q Retro Colander, click on this link or on the photo.

A less expensive red metal colander would have worked for me.  Click on the link below to see if the one you want is available at Amazon.

Basic Pendant Light Kit
From Pottery Barn.

I have made pendant lights from the hardware at the the Big Box Stores before, but they didn't have the type of cord I wanted to use.

The pendant light kit from Pottery Barn had exactly what I was looking for!  And since it all came as a kit, it was just a matter of adding the shade - i.e. the colander - to the kit.

Click on this link or on the photo
to check out Pottery Barn's kit.

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Laundry Room Makeover
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The laundry room was the first room to be redone in the "new" house.

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