A Handmade Dining Room Light

I’m so excited to finally share this project with y’all – it’s been a long time coming! Oh, and this post also just happens to serve as my participation in the Pinterest Summer Challenge! If you haven’t heard of it, Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power dreamed it up, and every season they challenge everyone to actually complete a project you pinned on Pinterest.

I’ve only been able to particpate once so far (with my DIY Silhouettes for the guest room), so I was crazy excited to get the chance to link up again this season. Katie and Sherry are hosting along with Kate from Centsational Girl and Michelle from Ten June, so be sure to check out all of the blogs when their posts go live tomorrow so you can see all of the amazing projects!

But, without any more babbling from me, let’s get on to the project.

When we left off last week, Corey and I had been inspired by this gorgeous light that we saw on Design*Sponge, and we were bound and determined to create a similar light on our own.

(Via Design*Sponge)

 The only question was how. Well, it took a lot of time and planning (and a lot of crazy looks from the poor employees at Lowe’s), but we did it and survived to tell the tale. And today, I’m gonna tell you all about how to accomplish this look on your own for LESS THAN $300. Seriously, I’m not even kidding – we spent about $250ish on this project (I intended to do a budget breakdown, but lost a bunch of the receipts, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one).

This is a pretty long and involved post, but I promise it’s worth it for the beautiful photos at the end. Plus, I’ll give you a tiny little sneak peek of what’s to come, just in case you’re thinking about not sticking around.

Trust me. You’re gonna want to see this.

To make our light, we started off with a 6-foot 1″ X 12″ – it looked a little something like this:

We cut it down to 5 feet, because that was the size we felt worked best with our dining room table (which is 9 feet long). If you choose to do this on your own, any length will work, you just may have to adjust the number of light bulbs accordingly.

We had an idea of how many light bulbs we wanted to do, but we wanted to see how they lined up on the board before we actually made anything official. We chose to use globe light bulbs (we used these from 1000 Bulbs, to be exact) rather than regular ones, but of course, this project would work fine with whatever kind of light bulb you want to use. We lined up our lights on the board to see how many across we could feasibly fit, and we ended up deciding that four light bulbs filled it up just enough without being too crowded. (Keep in mind, the lights are going to hang from different heights, so even though they look a bit bunched at this point, they won’t once the light is complete.)

Then, it was time to mark off for our holes. We started 1 inch in from the edge and marked every 3 inches after that (so we had marks at 1″, 4″, 7″, and 10″ – our board was technically only 11 inches wide, not 12, so we had to adjust for that).

We made marks on each side of the board, then used our straight edge to draw four lines down the board.

Next it was time to mark the rest of the rows and figure out where the working lights would go. Our bulbs were 3 inches across, so we decided that 20 rows of 4 lights would work best, so there are 3 inches on every side of the holes. We went down each line and marked every 3 inches to indicate where the rest of the lights would go.

Then came the part that hurt our brains a little – deciding where the working lights would go. We had decided on 20 rows of 4 lights, which meant there would be 80 light bulbs. Obviously, we weren’t interested in having 80 working light bulbs – that would be not only entirely too bright, but I don’t even want to think about how much it would have cost us to buy 80 light sockets. So, we decided that 10% of the lights would work, meaning we needed to mark spots for 8 working lights.

I’d love to give you some awesome method for figuring out which lights should be working, but it was a lot of trial and error for us. We played around with a bunch of different configurations (marking them with a pencil) until we found one in which they were all nicely spaced and looked pretty random (even though it totally wasn’t random) and we marked the lights with by circling them with a sharpie.

Then, it was time to construct the box. As I mentioned in our last post, we wanted something with a nice, large base (obviously, since ours is five feet long) that would camouflage the fact that the light socket hole in our ceiling is wildly off center. We also needed room for a ton of wires since we would have 8 working lights, which meant we needed it to actually be a box that hung down from the ceiling. We played around with some different measurements and decided that having it hang down about 6 inches from the ceiling looked the best, so our next step was to construct a wood box (the final dimensions ended up being 60″ long, 11″ wide, and 6″ tall for those of you following along at home).

Corey used our Kreg Jig to create pocket holes to keep it all together, and we also used wood glue to make sure it was nice and secure. I don’t have a lot of detailed photos of the process of putting the box together, but if there’s enough interest we can come up with some plans and a detailed explanation for y’all. But through the magic of the internet, let’s skip the box-building and go straight to the completed product:

Yup, it’s a box. It was time to stain, but first we wanted to make sure that the box actually worked in the room – we didn’t want to get all the way through and realize it looked ridiculous, so we brought it inside to check the dimensions in the room.

Looks good! So, after sanding it down to make sure all of the edges were smooth, it was my turn to step in so I could stain it. I used my trusty Minwax stain in Dark Walnut (pretty much the only color I ever use). Two coats later, we were good to go.

Then came the fun (or really awful, depending on how much you like being tortured) part. We had to hang it.

We used a couple pieces of scrap wood that we cut down to fit perfectly inside the box, and then we mounted them to the ceiling.The hard part was figuring out where exactly they should go. I won’t go into too many details because I’m not the math person in this relationship and it kind of hurts my brain to think about it, but we basically hung them so that the finished box would be centered on the table both lengthwise and widthwise. It took a lot of measuring, leveling, and a little bit of cursing (isn’t that an important part of any DIY project?) but soon we had ‘em hung.

(You can see the sadly off-centered light socket hole on the left side of the photo.)

Then, it was time to hold our breath and hope that we had hung them right so the box would fit over them (they had to be perfect since they were cut to fit exactly into the box – if they weren’t even with each other or if they were hung slightly crooked, it wouldn’t work).

It fits! Of course, we couldn’t actually hang it yet since there weren’t any, um, LIGHTS on it, but we’re getting to that.

Next up it was time to move onto the more fun parts. As I mentioned before, we have 80 light bulbs on our fixture but only 8 of them actually light up. So, 8 of the lights are hung with a light socket and wire, but the other 72 didn’t need to be, and we had to figure out an alternate solution for them (since we weren’t about to spend a million extra dollars on light sockets and wires that we didn’t need). We figured out that the light bulbs just so happened to fit perfectly into 1-inch electrical conduit (the same stuff we used to make our DIY curtain rods), so we decided to see if we could make some faux light sockets out of that. For reference, here’s what our real light sockets looked like:

(Via 1000 Bulbs)

We made our faux light sockets 2 inches long to match the length of the real ones as closely as possible. We started by using our reciprocating saw to cut the conduit to 2″ lengths – 72 of them, to be exact. Yeah, Corey had a blast with that one.

(As you can see, we used an electrical conduit strap to attach the conduit to our work table while Corey was cutting so the conduit wasn’t bouncing all over the place while he tried to cut it. Simple, but effective!)

Once they were all cut, our little faux light sockets were looking like this:

But they needed a top. Obviously, the light bulb would go on the bottom part, but we needed something on the top so they could be attached to the rope that we bought to hang them from (we’ll get there in a second). So, one night while we were watching television, we laid ‘em all out…

(This isn’t all of them, just the ones I was working with)

And we grabbed our materials…

And got to work! We used 3/4″ knock out seals for the top, and we needed the pliers and hammer to get them in there, and the super glue to make sure they didn’t go anywhere. Here’s a closer look at the knock-out seal so you can get an idea of how it worked.

Voila! Just like that, we had little faux sockets. We drilled a hole in the top to be able to string the rope through…

And then we spray painted all of them. This was a slightly unnecessary step, but the conduit and the knock-out seals are slightly different colors, and the conduit has some writing and random lines on it, so we decided to go ahead and spray paint ‘em a metallic silver so that they are nice and uniform.

Once we were done with this step (I know it looks quick and easy in a blog post, but just know that cutting and putting together 72 faux sockets is NOT a quick process!), it was time to piece it all together. We knew that we wanted all of the lights to hang from varying heights, so we had to figure out exactly how we wanted to do it. We decided on five different lengths, with the longest being 3 feet and the shortest being 2 feet.

You can see the breakdown in the photo a little better, but what we chose to do was 20 of the three foot length, 15 at two-and-three-quarter feet, 20 at two-and-a-half feet, 15 at two-and-one-quarter feet, and 10 at two feet. This was a bit of a random decision and there was no real method to it other than it just felt right to us. Once we decided on the lengths, I drew out a map of the light on a piece of paper and we color coded it so we could ensure that all of the lights fell in a random pattern. Here’s what it looked like:

The circled X’s are the ones that will light up – we decided that we wanted them all to be inside the light rather than on the outside edges and we didn’t want any of them to be the longest or shortest length – beyond that it was random. This was definitely a process and it took quite a bit of time to figure out how to do it, but we ended up with a light that looks like it was completely random, which was the goal, so we’re happy!

We bought the thinnest black rope that we could find for our faux lights – our wire is a vintage-style braided wire, so we wanted to match that as closely as possible. This is what we ended up with:

Again, for reference, here’s what our real wires look like:

(Via 1000 Bulbs)

I cut the rope to the right sizes and made piles of each length, we burned the edges so they wouldn’t fray (and so we could actually get them in the holes), and then we were ready to put them into the light. We plopped down on the couch, put the light box in our laps, and got to work.

All there was to this part was to push the appropriately sized rope through the pre-drilled holes and tie a knot. We had our little map sitting in the box the whole time and we each worked from opposite ends working to the middle.

As you can see, we left the circled ones alone for now because those are where the working lights will go and that needed to be wire and not rope.

As we worked, we randomly tried holding up the light to see how it was looking, and we were pretty happy with the progress we saw!

Once we got them all in, it was time for the wiring. Now, I need to pop in a quick disclaimer before I explain this process and let y’all know that neither of us are electricians and we have no idea if this was the “right” way to do this. Corey did some research and we felt like this was a safe method that we were comfortable with doing in our own home, but, uh, if you try it at home and blow something up it’s totally not our fault, mmmkay?

Here’s a little diagram I made of how the light wiring worked for us. Again, there are different ways you could do it, and this is just the route we chose to take.

And for a little perspective, here’s a zoomed out photo so you can see how they all connected a little better.

Clear as mud, right? It’s a bit confusing, but once you get doing it you can start to make sense of it!

Once we were all done wiring, it was looking a little something like this:

But, um, we had no idea if it was actually going to work. Luckily, we still had some wires with plugs left from when we did the paper lanterns in our guest room, so we quickly attached that, popped the sockets on, and put some light bulbs in. Then we both held our breath and crossed our fingers, toes, and eyes while Corey plugged it in…

Success! We were so excited that it actually lit up, and this was definitely the moment where we realized this might just actually work. We did some celebratory dancing and high-fiving, then we decided it was high time to get this thing hung. We brought it into the dining room to get it up on the ceiling. Corey had pre-drilled pilot holes in our box in the exact spots where the mounting pieces would be, so all that was left to do was drill the box in and hope it didn’t come crashing down (spoiler alert: it didn’t, although we totally spent a good three days with our couch cushions on the dining room table just in case!)

 

It worked! At this point it was late (as you can see by how dark it is outside!) and we went to bed. The next day we came back to it to finish up…you see we had a whole box full of these:

And they needed to be added to the light!

I did most of this next part on my own, so I don’t really have any photos, but from here on out the process was incredibly simple. I just stood on the table and grabbed a faux socket, strung the rope through it and tied a knot. Then, I grabbed a light bulb and put a few dots of super glue on it, then pushed it up into the socket and held it for a few second while the glue dried. Then I (slowly) let go and admired my handiwork! There were a few sockets where I had a hard time getting the light to stick into the socket, but with a little extra glue and a lot of patience I managed to get them all in there. I was careful not to add more than a few dots of glue in each socket because I wanted to be able to pull the light back out relatively easily if necessary.

Turns out, it was a good thing we were careful with the glue, because once we were done and stepped back, we realized that there were a few areas where several lights were all hung at the same height in a grouping, because even though we had planned the ropes to all be at different heights it was impossible to keep all of our knots the same size so the lengths weren’t exact. But it was no problem to pop the light back out, tie the knot a little higher on one or two of them, and see how that looked. We played around with it until we couldn’t see any areas that looked funny, and then we were done.

You ready to see? If you’ve actually stuck around for all 2,700 words of this post (geeze, I talk a lot!), then you totally deserve it. And if you just scrolled to the bottom to see the photos, then I totally don’t blame you, and you deserve to see it too. Let’s get to the pretty part.

(SIDE NOTE: We replaced the head chairs in our dining room a few weeks back and I haven’t talked about it yet because we haven’t gotten around to reupholstering them. Just know you aren’t crazy, they are different, and I’ll tell y’all all about them later.)

We are so in love with this light.

It’s exactly what we wanted, and we love that it’s completely unique and something that absolutely no one else has. We constantly catch ourselves just staring at it while we’re in the living room watching television or something, and we can’t get over how perfect it is for us. We also love how nicely it ties into our Ikea light fixture in the kitchen – the globe lights subtly mimic the shape of the light, and they coordinate nicely without being too matchy-matchy.

We also love how it looks from underneath – we tossed out a lot of our original ideas because we thought they would look bad from underneath while you’re sitting at the table, but this guy looks just as pretty from under it as it does from the side!

And, of course, we love the how it looks when it’s actually turned on. The light from the 8 bulbs that actually work bounces off of all of the other lights, and there’s an illusion that the whole thing is just glowing. It’s hard to capture in photos, but just know it’s beautiful! I’ll have to have you all over for dinner someday so you can see how it looks in person!

Yeah, I think we’ll keep it!

Now that we’ve got this guy and the curtains done, we’re finally getting close to feeling like our dining room is complete. We still need to reupholster the chairs and add a few accessories, and then way far down the line we plan to add a ceiling treatment, get rid of the carpet, add a rug, and do a super fun treatment to the fireplace wall, but for now we’re pretty pleased with the progress we’ve made!

If you could create your dream one-of-a-kind light fixture, what would it look like?

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125 comments

  1. kelsey says:

    Um…that is the most beautiful light fixture I’ve ever seen!! You did such an amazing job!! I hope you’re submitting it somewhere because everyone needs to see that!

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  2. Ashley says:

    YOU WIN (even though it’s not really a competition). Seriously, I’m pretty sure no one participating in the Pinterest challenge can top this. WELL DONE!

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  3. Lauren A. says:

    WOW! this is amazing!

    How I wish we werent’ renting and could do this….

    hmmm.. I may have to think of a temporary way of doing this… maybe smaller, with a circular drum type base.. .that could be awesome :)

    Question: are you worried at all that with a fan or open windows that the lightbulbs might bump against eachother and break?

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    Amanda Reply:

    Thanks! No worries at all about them breaking – they’re very sturdy! We’ve bumped up against them several times when we’re putting stuff on the table, etc. and they just move around for a few minutes and then settle. They’d have to get moving much more than a fan or breeze could possibly do in order to break them!

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  4. LatteLove says:

    please know that as I write this my jaw has dropped to my desk.

    You guys are so dedicated. I’ve done a couple home DIY projects and almost gave up after 3-4 hours worth of work. I’m so impressed with how meticulous you are and how perseverant! Awesome job, truly. It turned out beautifully.

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  5. e.louise {Liz} says:

    E.T.A.: The only thing I would encourage you to do is put the wire splices inside of a secured junction box w/ a cover plate as a fire safety/ fire preventative measure. You can probably fit two or more splices in a junction box depending, its the size :) Seriously love this project!!

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  6. Jenna says:

    Wow. This looks like it is straight out of a magazine and if I were lucky enough to dine at your house I would be completely mesmerized the entire time. I’ve scrolled back up to look at it 3 times already while writing this comment!

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  7. Morgan says:

    So adorable! I definitely want to come over to check it out in person, but not share this with my husband. I’m sure he want to make it, but with all of the bulbs working!

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  8. Sara says:

    WOW. WOW. I am so, so impressed that a) you thought this up and b) you had the patience to pull this off!! It looks amazing. I hope you guys finished it before your cruise so you could take a break and celebrate your huge accomplishment!

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  9. Mandy says:

    Oh my GOD!! This is absolutely incredible!! You guys should be so effing proud of yourselves. You are truly so, so good at this stuff! I can’t believe it!!

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  10. Megan @ Two Live Colorfully says:

    This looks amazing! Seriously, it looks like a high end fixture! You guys did amazing. I also tackled a light fixture related project like taping colorful strips of paper to fishing wire and hanging them in our dining. Mine’s cool, yours is way cooler! Great post! (I came over from the pinterest challenge!)

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  11. Tamsyn says:

    Oh my goodness, this is crazy good!! I have been wanting to a smaller version in my walk in pantry for ages, but had no idea where to start. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial. Pinned!

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  12. Ashli says:

    HOLY CRAP!!! You weren’t kidding when you said you DIY’d a large light fixture! I don’t think calling this LARGE does it justice! WOW!!!
    It looks amazing! And I love that all the wires hang straight!!!! (I’ve seen ones where the wires are kinked and it looks weird) yours looks great!!!
    It’s like an Edison light on crack! TRULY AMAZING! wow !
    Great Job!!! You guys are awesome!
    Lots of Love
    Ashli

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    Amanda Reply:

    Ahh, thanks so much Ashli! :) We’re pretty happy with how it turned out, haha.

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  13. Sarah says:

    I don’ usually post comments, but I had to make an exception in this case. Your light fixture project absolutely blew me away. The time and patience and team work that obviously went into this is priceless. I am in awe of your accomplishment and am adding your blog to my favorites. Congratulations on a beautiful project.

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    Amanda Reply:

    Thanks so much! I’m honored! :)

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  14. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Wow! That is super impressive. I’m also amazed at your patience and skill. It really does feel like organzied random lights. I missed it…but Ithink that you should call it a chandelier. Stunning!!!
    P.S. Popped by from Addicted 2 Decorating.

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    Amanda Reply:

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  15. Mark E Tisdale says:

    Very cool project! I agree with another commenter that this looks store bought. Especially love the feel of the wood box – I really thought it was a huge wood beam until I saw the steps to put it together. Interesting making most of the lights dummy lights – can you imagine how bright it would be if they were all live? LOL

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  16. Jenna at Homeslice says:

    Hi Amanda! I’m in love with this fixture… it’s so unique and really well crafted. Awesome job! Each Friday I highlight DIY projects in a series I do, and tomorrow I’d like to feature this project if that’s ok with you. Just wanted to let you know, in case you want to check it out! Again, beautiful job and beautiful blog!!

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    Amanda Reply:

    Hi Jenna! Thanks so much – I’d be honored to be included!

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  17. Suzan says:

    Hi this absolutely gorgeous -and by far the best diy I’ve ever seen!!!!
    Can’t imagine cleaning those light bulbs though lol
    So happy I saw this
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  18. Nikki Hall says:

    Wow. I have been looking for a light similar to this but my budget is $300. Probably not possible, right! You should sell these!!! o my

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    Amanda Reply:

    It’s totally possible if you DIY it! :) We did ours for under $300.

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  19. PigglyWiggly says:

    Great Job!!! I would only suggest that you put some kind of rubber edging on the holes your drilled for the “real” lights. The sheathing on the wires could be cut and then you would have a rather ‘hot’ light! I would have also suggested that you tape each connection with electrical tape or put them in boxes. These suggestions are for safety only coming from an electricians daughter!! Yet your light is gorgeous! I think I will make one similar to it but smaller. Since I am renting I will somehow make it so I can take it out and put the original one back in when I leave. great job!

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  20. Ingrid says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!
    I also spotted that light and I was and still am in love with it absolutely.
    I will try to make it also when I hope so…
    Beutiful, tnx again!

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    Amanda Reply:

    Thanks – glad we could help!

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  21. Mike in Hawaii says:

    Wonderful job! I hope Corey wasn’t scolded too much for standing on the dining table!
    I noted that the holes in the knockout caps were rough edged. No doubt that a standard twist drill bit was used. One my metal projects, I use “stepped” drill bits, as they leave a smooth edged hole. These bits make very clean holes without the sudden pull through at the end as with a twist bit. I also use a bit of cutting oil to ease things along, too.

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    Amanda Reply:

    Thanks so much – and, no, it’s a super sturdy table, so we stand on it surprisingly frequently as needed. Thanks for the tip! :) This was our first time playing around with this sort of stuff, so we were definitely making it up as we went along!

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  22. Jessica says:

    Wow, this is incredible! I soooo admire how much effort you put into this and it totally paid off! Super impressed. :)

    Thanks for entering the contest! :)

    Jess

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    Amanda Reply:

    Thanks so much! :)

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  23. Kae Rose says:

    This looks so great!! DIY fixtures like that can look very tacky, very quickly. You completely avoided a tacky look! I’m in love! Hopefully this project gets you into Creating With The Stars!!

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    Amanda Reply:

    Aw, thanks! Fingers crossed! :)

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  25. Julie says:

    My boyfriend and I spent the last month recreating our own version of this dining room light. First of all this has been one of the most fun projects we have ever done! And your plans have been invaluable!! We are soooo pleased with the results. We made a few changes: we downsized to half the size (as my dining room & table are very small) and made it with 40 bulbs, shortened the length, found an easier way to make faux sockets (using 3/4 inch PVC female adapters) which cut the work time by lots, and we were able to screw in the bulbs so we can reuse later if needed. We’ve had so much fun, we are now inspired to upgrade and redesign my tiny kitchen! Just want to say a huge THANK YOU for your plans which are well developed, inspiring, and even funny!

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    Amanda Reply:

    That’s so exciting! I’m glad to hear our plans were useful! :) I’d love to see photos if you have ‘em!

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  26. Stephanie says:

    I love your light and I am attempting it with help from my husband. Where did you get the fake wire rope? I can’t seem to find any at the hardware stores around me and I am wondering where else to look. Thanks so much!

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  27. Corin says:

    Thank you for posting your plans on here! My husband said to me the other day, I would love a light that has multi strands and uncovered bulbs for over the kitchen table, what do you think those cost? So we went out and the only ones we liked were around 3,000 dollars. I recalled seeing your blog and said wait a minute I think we can tweak the plans I have seen on this wicked girls blog and we can do it ourselves. We took your light as inspiration and made some adjustments and voila the coolest modern light ever! we made the box 3 feet and recessed the bottom piece with the holes so that it was less noticeable, then we sprayed it with prosche silver car paint and a hight gloss clear coat (thank goodness my father manages an autobody shop). My hubby ordered colored fabric covered wire from the UK and we bought all real ceramic sockets for all 48 bulbs. We sprayed them along with the hartdware to attach it to the cord and the effect is so goood it looks like we purchased the light at a high end modern store. I wish I could post a picture in case anyone wanted info on the items we used and to show you what you inspired. But wanted to thank you for helping us accomplish our dream light project. Our cost however was $650 since all the sockets were real, but compared to 3K we were pleased!!

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    Amanda Reply:

    Wow – sounds amazing!! I’d love to see photos – my email is amanda@loveandrenovations.com if you wanna send some my way! :)

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  28. Lily says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial!! Looks amazing. I will definitely be doing this in the future b/c of all the great step-by-step info. You guys are so great :)

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  29. Cydne Morgan says:

    this looks fabulous! I am thinking about doing something like this to my room (minus the amount of light bulbs..) haha, can you email me.. i just had a few questions about the wiring and stuff :)

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  30. Penny Buckler says:

    This light is about the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. I am going to try it in a much smaller scale for my kitchen. Thank you for a wonderful time reading your blog. Time well spent. By the way, when and what’s for dinner? LOL. Thanks again. Penny Buckler

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  31. IshaEvents says:

    You guys are awesome!! Amazing job concise and humorous tutorial. I’m looking to make something similar but with branches in lieu of bulbs and you have just given me a rainbow of confidents.

    Peace and Joy my crafty mate

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  32. Latoya P says:

    This is great! Where did you buy the wiring for your lights at? My husband and I are making our dinner table light out of a whisky barrel and blue mason jars. we have been trying to figure out how to make our own pendant lights like you guys did with a total of 5 lights but it seems like we are constantly finding different methods from everyone and we are getting frustrated. We know we need the sockets, and the ceiling mount for power, we just dont know where to get the electical wire and how to hook it all up without burning our house down. that would be a bumber.

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    Amanda Reply:

    The wire is from 1000Bulbs.com – you can find it here: http://www.1000bulbs.com/product/65786/ELEC-D8302-10FT.html … I can’t help you on the hooking it up part because that was all Corey’s doing and I don’t feel confident enough to give out electrical advice, haha. Good luck!!

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    Shelley Reply:

    I’m in a similar situation, where I’m building the chandelier out of a cast iron pot rack. I’m worried about the wiring and not burning my house down! Amanda, I just sent you an email with more details, if you can please help me, I’m super excited to try this project!

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  33. Angela says:

    My husband is convinced this is exactly what he wants in our dining room. I’m not thrilled on a DIY light, but it is beautiful…. thanks for so many details!

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  34. Kristina says:

    How much wire did u need/buy?

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    Amanda Reply:

    It really depends on how low you want them to hang. We just figured out how low we wanted each of the bulbs, then calculated based off of that.

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  35. Casey says:

    This is awesome! i was searching to make my own dining as well and i think this will be a great tutorial. Thanks for the step by step instruction!!!
    You used crazy glue to hang light bulbs to strings. how does it hold the weight of the faux metal socket? would it be ok to use PVC pipes as faux socket? would it melt due to heat created by light next to it?

    thanks!

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    Amanda Reply:

    The glue doesn’t actually hold the faux sockets, those are held up by knots in the string. It holds the light bulbs in perfectly – we haven’t lost any! I don’t see why pvc pipe wouldn’t work…unless your light got extremely hot or was on all the time, but our bulbs never get very hot. Hope that helps!

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  36. wendolyn says:

    Hi! I am in the middle of making this right now. I am wondering what was the width of the rope that you used? I have to order most of the parts online and am anxious to order the rope as I just ordered the bulbs and wire and have just about finished to box. I am so excited to be making this myself :)

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    Amanda Reply:

    I don’t know the exact width, but it was the skinniest rope they sold at Lowe’s. I would guess either 1/8″ or 3/16″.

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