I am so excited to share this project with you.
It all started with a post I did a couple weeks ago.
I wrote about the lighting options I had selected for our dining room.
The overall vote via the comments section and Facebook was the West Elm pendant.
And it happened to be my husband and I’s favorite as well.
So I started doing some research to find the best price, etc.
While we still love the West Elm pendant, I found two problems:
#1. It only held one 60 watt bulb.
I guess we could eat dinner in the dark every night.
No one would know if I had burnt the meal or not.
#2. It only had a nylon cord.
And I refuse to use those cord covers that look like over-sized scrunchies.
Makes me think of big bangs and side pony tails.
I don’t want to think about side pony tails while I am eating.
No offense if you have the said scrunchie on your light fixture.
Personal preference only.
Anyway, we decided to stick with the drum shade style, but to look for a better option.
So I looked, and looked, and looked.
Finally, I came across Pottery Barn Drum Shade Pendant.
It fit all our criteria and definitely gave off more light (200W). Guess I can’t burn dinner now.
But…..it was $250 with shipping.
There were several listed on ebay, but they were still about $200 once you added in the shipping.
And for some reason, I had challenged myself to come in under $100 for this project.
I love a good cheap chic challenge.
So I looked, and looked a little more.
And all of a sudden I had a inspired moment.
A drum shade pendant is simply a light bulb on a cord with a huge drum shade.
We can totally make that.
Then I searched.
And good ol’ ebay came though.
Several sellers had just the Pottery Barn Drum Pendant hardware kits up for sale.
$55 with free shipping.
Then I search Pottery Barn for the replacement shades…..just the shade was $150 with shipping!
So I found the measurements of the Pottery Barn shade.
And did some more researching.
World Market came through for me.
They carry HUGE lamp shades for $29.99!
So many options.
Thankfully, I had studied the Pottery Barn shade that was listed online to make sure I knew what kind of fitter was needed to attach it to the light kit.
This HUGE blue burlap shade fit the bill.
I will keep you all updated on our progress.
My drum pendant total so far: $87.75
Yay for cheap chic.
Update: I am posting the finished product on 1/29/2013.
Here is the link to the finished product.