16 February 2014

coffee can DIY pendant lamp

The tiny dining area in my condo that's squeezed between the kitchen and living room can get a little dark. But since I'm not buying anything for my home (yeah, I know, but see my reasoning here) I couldn't go out and purchase a lamp. What to do? I hung an IKEA light which I had in my tool box (at $6 bucks a pop they are affordable and handy to have on hand) and then went about DIY'ing a shade. Of course. 

A coffee can worked perfectly - I used tin snips to cut a hole in the top, then I simply wrapped some gray felt that I had leftover from recovering my dining chairs (see this chair recovering post) around the outside. The material is flush at the bottom and wrapped up a little over the top. The trusty glue gun did the trick once again.

I think it looks very chic hanging in front of the silver mirror. Better than a store-bought lamp any day, don't you think?

Well, of course I had the leftover lid from the coffee can and just enough felt for a second project. I couldn't let them go to waste! My laptop sits on the side table under the pendant, so I created a mousepad from the lid.

C'mon, that's kinda cool, right? Happy repurposing everyone!

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