drum shade pendants for the kitchen




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I really, really wanted some drum shade pendants in the kitchen above the table where there where just 2 can lights previously. The ones I loved, were (of course!) $200 bucks a pop, so of course I turned to diy.
I used the same can converters from this light project and some drum shades that I bought on Ebay.
I wish I could tell you that it was super duper easy,
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that I got it the first try,august 2011 010 1 that they are perfect….august 2011 011 1  BUT I CAN’T!
It was a nightmare!
Read the picture:august 2011 030 1  the shade on the right is being held on by florist wire!!
I get 50% on this project. One turned out, and on this one we’re making do with green wire…because I was dumb and went crazy with a hacksaw.august 2011 040 1 Good news? I’ll show you what NOT to do so you can do it right the first time :)
More tomorrow…
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17 comments:

  1. I don't notice any imperfections. Since you know what you did - your eye goes right to any imperfections. I think they look great florist wire and all. Can you even see the florist wire when you are standing in your kitchen? Maybe only really tall people can :)

    My best- Diane

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  2. They look awesome!  I'm loving the chevron.  There is NO WAY anyone would notice unless you pointed it out.  Keep 'em up and forget about it! :)

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  3. If it makes you feel any better, they are still super cute. Like the  chevron pattern

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  4. They look good and they are staying up, Melissa!  That's good enough for me! : )

    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

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  5. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 6:44 PM

    Thank you Saxie and Kathy! :)

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  6. Ashley Skinner1/18/14, 6:44 PM

    do i see white cabinets peeking out in those pictures? did i miss a kitchen reveal??

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  7. So maybe you get 50% for mechanics. . . but you get an A+ for cuteness!  I love the chevron fabric.  The  lights play nicely with your chair, right?  Very cool.  

    And do I spy some WHITE cabinets in the background?  How exciting!  Are you finished with the cupboards yet, or is that still a work in progress?  As for that stencilled border, that's gonna be nothing.  You'll get that done faster than you can say Bob's-your-uncle.  Wish I could come to Virginia and help you! :)

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  8. Love the chevron...didin't even notice any imperfections. :)

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  9. Gracefullkari1/18/14, 6:45 PM

    It still looks adorable.....and we wouldn't have known it if you didn't point it out! :) Can't wait to see the tutorial!!

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  10. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 6:45 PM

    Thank you, Diane! No one has ever noticed unless I point it out, but of course it bugs me and the one does hang a little different than the other...

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  11. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 6:45 PM

    I wish too!! Almost done :)

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  12. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 6:45 PM

    Nope..it's coming.

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  13. Somethingniceandpretty1/18/14, 6:45 PM

    Who would notice? Not me, I think they are gorgeous I love the drum shades!

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  14. Well, I know it's frustrating when a project doesn't work like you think it would...been there. But they look really cute, and like everyone else said, nobody will notice unless you tell them.

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  15. This is like an episode from "one of these things is not like the other"! I love the look. of the one on the right. I am using the same exact fabric to recover the pads on a rocker for a friend's nursery.

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  16. I love how they look! I got a laugh reading this because that's the way I do things.

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  17. Oooh I love it!

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