Has anyone noticed that home styles and trends change about every 10 years? We bought our first home about 12 years ago, and I decorated it with the bold reds and greens and the big dark furniture. After we had been in that home about 5 years, trends changed as did my style :). I started to update the decor, but on a very small budget. One recent project that I’m super excited about is my new DIY INDUSTRIAL FARMHOUSE STYLE PENDANT LIGHT!
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This pendant light used to be a can light. I purchased a recessed light conversion kit from Ballard Designs with a burlap drum shade. You can also see a more affordable conversion kit from Amazon. This one doesn’t come with as many options.
Needless to say I got tired of the burlap shade quick. I wanted the look of something more “industrial.”
I saw a lot of pictures of new industrial farmhouse style pendant lights that I liked.
Changing light fixtures can really be expensive. I knew I wasn’t happy with the existing pendant light with a shade cover, but I couldn’t go out and buy a new one. Without having to buy new, I decided I would find a way to replace the old shade but still use the existing pendant light. Below is what the old pendant light looked like:
It doesn’t look terrible, but since my new decor style is more a MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE, I knew it would look a lot better if I replaced the shade with a more modern light cover.
I knew there had to be an easy and budget friendly way to change out the lamp shade with a more industrial looking cage or shade. I headed to Pinterest for more inspiration.
I saw someone who had turned an old pendant light into a farmhouse style pendant light with a metal lamp guard!
I went on the hunt for a similar metal lamp guard at my local Lowe’s and Home Depot, but no luck. They seemed to have every lamp guard you could imagine, but not the perfect one I was looking for.
I started searching the Internet, and I found the perfect PENDANT COVERING on a website called Life and Home.
Best part, it was only $10!!
I removed my old lamp shade and I noticed the silver part that the light actually screws into would stick out like a sore thumb if I left it “as is.” I decided to spray paint it oil rubbed bronze to match the new pendant lamp cage.
After the spray paint dried, I screwed the new pendant lamp cage on the existing light. I then added an edison style light bulb (this is not necessary but I thought it added to the INDUSTRIAL FARMHOUSE STYLE PENDANT LIGHT that I was trying to achieve).
My industrial style pendant light
I love the way it turned out! For very little money and time, I was able to change the entire style of this light and make it the perfect DIY Industrial Farmhouse Pendant light.