I seem to have this habit of purchasing items that are shells of their former life (see The Almost Chair post). I couldn't resist this wire shade. It had the sweetest curves and trim.
It was dainty looking, quaint if you will, but large in size. And that fringe! What girl can resist fringe??!
I knew from the moment I saw it that I wanted to make this into a hanging light, but wasn't quite sure where to start (went to the hubby for answers) or where I was going to hang it. It definitely did not fit with the style of our house. So, it sat in the closet staring at me for a few weeks.
Then, we decided to sell our house and move into downtown Dallas to be closer to our office. Enter the loft -- with an industrial feel. This would be the perfect place to hang this beautiful wire shade. I don't think the hubby was too thrilled that we were actually going to get this project off the ground, literally. :-)
Fortunately, the loft had 3 horrible pendant lights over the bar area. The loft begged me to take those pendant lights down and replace them with something much better. Unfortunately, I only had one super cool wire shade. What to do? Solution: purchase two matching lampshades at Walmart, rip the shade off to the wire, tea stain the trim to match the super cool wire shade and hang them all up. Which is exactly what we did.
My husband has some electrician abilities or we would have never attempted this on our own. The lights were going to have to be be hard-wired into the fixtures of the previous lights.
We started by going to Lowes to purchase porcelain fixture sockets to fit into the shades.
We used heavy duty wire, which wasn't beautiful but worked in the loft, to hang the lights. You can find much nicer wire at Sundial Wire. They have a cotton cloth-covered wire that would add that perfect vintage touch.
My husband risked life and limb by placing his ladder on top of the bar area (did I mention the ceilings were over 13 feet tall?) to hang these for me. I don't know about you, but we were quite pleased with how these turned out.
I hate that we are unable to hang them in our current home due to it being a rental, but we are looking forward to hanging them again when we find our permanent home.
Please remember, if you have a beautiful shade you want to turn into a lamp, seek professional help. I mean an electrician!
PS.. you can find this post on the Link Party at French Country Cottage, Between Naps on the Porch, Karen's Up On the Hill, Shabby Art Boutique, Blogelina, No Minimalist Here, Average Inspired, Amaze Me Monday and Coastal Charm!