Caution: This is a really looonnng post – first the background story of a win/loss/win, 2 sets of before and afters and a detailed description of the final DIY project! It all started with a giveaway…
I Won a Pendant Light!
Back in January C.D. Loken at CD's Country Living had a giveaway and I won: "In honor of CD’s Country Living’s blogging anniversary, Parrot Uncle generously agreed to send one lucky winner this LARGE (18.11 x 9.06) Retro-Industrial Light with Pot cover shade ($45 value)!"
Best Laid Plans
Today I can finally tell you about it. It was a long time in coming… Parrot Uncle asked me if I'd like to have a second pendant light for my kitchen to go along with the one I won in CD's giveaway. After a few back and forth emails, we settled on the pair of lights that were just like C.D.s that were hanging over her kitchen island – one free one from the giveaway on CDs blog and one as a gift in exchange for a review – or so I thought.
After waiting a few weeks for them to be delivered, they finally came in. BUT, they were 3x the size I expected and Parrot Uncle told me it would cost more to send them back for an exchange than they were worth. I hadn't even thought to make sure they were what I'd expected. Live and learn, right?
So I had to decide what to do with them, and also keep up on my end of the bargain to do a review.
I thought they were just like C.D.'s and I didn't check to make sure they actually were. So I had a dilemma. They in no way could go above my kitchen island.
But sometimes things that seem a disappointment turn out to work out for the best. My DD and SIL moved into a new home, so I gave them one of the lights for a house warming present and the other will be for Christmas. Win. Win. They are very pleased with the lights!
The Rustic Look
They hung them in their porch, updating their lights to the industrial look:
Katie said, "I love the lights we added in our sunroom! They give it the 'barn-type/rustic' feel that we were hoping for, especially when we put in the old school light bulbs. Those lights will bring our sunroom together nicely once we get the rest of the room finished."
I was disappointed that they wouldn't work for over my kitchen island, so we went out to find something that would work. Nothing we found seemed right. Check out the one I brought home to try from Menards:
It was along the lines of what I had envisioned, but it was too low for the space and just looked…well, goofy. Reality doesn't always match your mind's eye.
I found a few I liked on Amazon but just couldn't decide!
Then My DH Offered to Build One!
Um, yes, please!
We went shopping for just the right grates to use in a wood frame that we'd suspend from the ceiling above my island. I knew what I wanted but didn't know where to find them. We looked for replacement grates for grills but they were very expensive and weren't the right size. Then I found some shelving grates – two put together would be just the right size and they were indstrial looking.
DH made a wood frame to house two of the metal shelves…
And I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2X Spray, Satin Dark Walnut.
I didn't like the idea of using chains to hang it, so we got a little creative and used turnbuckles for the industrial look, attaching them with screw eyes and screw hooks.
We added corner angle clip brackets to add to the industrial look:
Let There Be Light
The new light kit came from Lowes and gives just the right amount of light for the island area. We hung the rack just under to get the maximum amount of light.
Pot hooks were very expensive so I dragged my DH hither and yon to find something I could use that wouldn't be as expensive. I tried "S" hooks, which worked for the pots, but I wanted something thinner for the other things I wanted to hang.
I found curtain hooks that I could cut and make work:
Since I have several daughters that often cook in my kitchen, I like the idea of having my pots and cooking utensils handy. Plus it doesn't hurt to have it pretty as well. My DIY Pot Rack fits the bill.
Don't be intimidated by a project that doesn't seem to go according to plan. Just keep searching for a solution and get creative. It's so worth it and in the end you will be pleased you stuck with it.
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What projects did you start that quickly turned to dust? Did it come out better than you expected when you found a solution? Leave me a comment below – maybe our success after failure will encourage someone to keep at it. I LOVE comments and read every one!
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