make your own drum shade pendant!

05 August 2011

My reasons for doing it this way:

* I didn’t want to re-wire my can lights that were already above the dining room table, so I got these nickel light converters. Plus, the tops match this schoolhouse light we put above the kitchen sink.

* I really wanted drum shade pendants, but they were too $pendy, so I wanted to come up with a less expensive alternative with fabric I had already picked out.

Here we go!

1. Find a large drum shade with a spider fitting (one that has the three parts that come together in the middle): I found mine on Ebay~they are 17” across and 8” high.

2. Take a hacksaw and saw an opening large enough for your cord to fit through. Or if you have one of those cool Dremel tools, this would take you seconds….

Note: DO NOT go crazy with the hack saw and starting sawing everything and breaking your shade so you have to rig it up with green florist wire….be nice, gentle, and patient.

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Lift the decorative silver piece up, then slip the cord into your opening:
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This is what it will look like hanging:
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For the shade, I gently removed the trim on the top and bottom:

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Measured and cut the fabric to size, and then applied it to the shade with spray adhesive:april 2011 004 2 

Then re-attached the trim with a glue gun:april 2011 013

This is what it will look like: the front one is correct, the one in back is rigged up with the florist wire because I hacksawed too much…

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Total cost for one drum shade pendant:

Drum shade: $25 (ebay)

fabric: about $8 (this is the Premier Prints ZigZag Village Blue/Natural

Total: about $60

And yes, the cabinets are mostly painted…I’m still touching up and finishing a few things and I promise I’ll show you the whole darn thing!

Happy Friday, everyone~

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