And then there was light . . . turning a lampshade into a pendant

I finally got Owen's light up.  Well, let me be honest here and say that I was totally content leaving it as is, so there really is no "finally I got around to . . ."

Yep, this is how I roll.   Two exposed bulbs attached to a light box.  I mean, how many people are gonna look at my son's ceiling?  Yeah, not many.  But when I was browsing World Market one day, I saw a large linen shade with a few dents.  There was no price tag on it, so I asked an employee how much it was.  When he said I could have the banged up shade for $14.99, I said SOLD.

 I paid $175 a few years ago for my Crate and Barrel pendant, which hangs over our dining table card table.  (Yes, I eat on a small card table.)  These two are almost identical in looks.


Dimensions and one diffuser are the only things that separate my CB pendant from this WM shade.  I knew I wanted to turn this shade into a pendant for Owen's room because it was just . . . perfect.

Turning a shade into a pendant is really easy.  If you do not know how to install lighting, you may want to contact a professional.  Luckily, my husband can do electrical stuff around our home.

Supplies needed for this cheap, easy project:

Light cord kit (mine came from Ikea)
Small wire to hold the light cord to the shade (I used aluminum fencing wire)
2-in-1 Canopy Kit (available at Lowe's for $5, Portfolio)

Step 1.

Turn off the main power supply to the outlet you are using.  Cut out the middle piece of the shade carefully using a hacksaw.  This took me about 20 minutes.   Mine was designed to have a finial at the top, but since my cord was too big for it, I needed to remove it.

Step 2.

Cut off the plug end of your light cord.  Slip your cord through and attach it to the shade using your wire.

Step 3.

Install the light by connecting the wires to the box.  If you don't know how to install a light, this is where you will need a professional. 

This shade has really helped change the look of the room.  I'm glad I decided to use it too, or else those exposed bulbs would have stayed!  (and you would have never known about it ;)

Here's the cost breakdown.

Shade - $15
Hemma Cord- $4
Canopy Kit- $5

Total:  $24

Now go make yourself a pendant!

xx nancy

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  1. Nice! Clara needs a new lamp in her room. Her's is too dark.

  2. Genius! And I love your new blog look. That little black spotty line is super cool.

    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. :)

  3. Love! I have a lot of areas in my home where I avoid looking up because the ceiling fixtures are so ugly! Mainly white fans. Yuck. Great job! Must get my hubby on board for a few electrical projects too;)

  4. Wow what a great idea! I had no idea that it could be so easy/cheap. I am going to have to try this!! Thanks for sharing the instructions!


  5. Anonymous10/11/2012

    Thanks for the tutorial - just curious were you able to de-dent your shade? If so I am curious how you did it?!?!


    1. Ha! No!! I don't think you can undo a dent in a shade, but if you ever figure it out or see someone else do it - CONTACT ME!!! for real! Thank goodness I was able to hide the dent though.

  6. That looks amazing! Just curious, but what did you use for the diffuser on the bottom, and how did you attach it to the shade?

    1. Thank you! There's no diffuser attached. I googled how to do it, and found one via YHL (our post titles are similar . . . how funny!). They used fabric and glued it to the shade. They also attached the shade directly to the light itself, which is nice too.


      Best of luck!

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  8. I love this!! One question - what are the dimensions of your shade? Thanks!

  9. Your pendant looks fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial. Hope you don't mind me adding another suggestion, but if you you want to add some glitz to your shade you can always paint the inside of it using a metallic paint provided its interior has a hard surface property. In other words if it is NOT fabric.

    There are two methods of doing it:
    Supplies: 1) Metallic paint in your colour choice. Water-base acrylic preferably.
    ie: Crafters paint that usually come in 2 fl. oz. size bottles.
    2) Sponge brush and container for paint and/or a can of Spray Paint.
    3) Plastic to protect the outer part of the shade. Painters tape to hold it in place.

    Method: Using the above supplies, apply protective covering to outside of shade.
    Evenly apply one light coat. Let dry. Re-apply another coat and test when the fixture is lit. If you feel you require additional coats, then re-apply.

    Footnote: Silver does 'not' have the tendency to turn a white shade into a different colour when illuminated; whereas gold sometimes will cast a pink tone even if it is black.


  10. That’s a wonderful transformation, Nancy! I'm sure Owen was really amazed with the end result. Anyway, I think you can also stick some cutout stencils on the shade. It can add a stunning effect when you turn the lamp on at night. Anyway, thanks for sharing that awesome DIY project! All the best!

    Bryan Hubbard @ Douthit Electrical


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