Alright, well in case you are wondering why there wasn't a post yesterday, it's because it was my(Tim's) turn and I was a bit behind. I am going to make up for it and do another post tomorrow, piggybacking today's.
I may procrastinate, but I do not plagiarize. I am not showcasing the same house Kara featured last week. I am going to show you how to make your own version of the simple pendant lights they have above the table.
Here is everything we will need.
Those are wire strippers, a phillips screwdriver, and my light socket in the plastic bag.
You can pick whatever type of sockets suits you best.
If you want to be able to turn the light on and off at the light I would recommend the lamp socket, but I chose the white ceramic socket, because I like the look.
As you saw, I picked a nice bright green extension cord, because it was cheap, but there are plenty of colors to choose from. Kara has spray painted cords in the past with some success, but I prefer not too.
You will most likely end up with a lot more cord than you need for one light, so go ahead and make a few more. You will need to buy a few extra plugs, but they are cake to wire. If you only have need for one pendant, I will show you another option for your excess cord.
Measure out how much you want. The version I am making needs to be plugged into a receptacle so figure out how much cord you are going to need to reach and be sure to account for an appropriate amount to slack. You might give it a test run with some twine.
Use your wire strippers to make your cut and remove the outer rubber insulation.
Then you will need to remove the individual wire insulation and make a clock wise curl.
Loop your curls around the appropriate screw (Black goes to the "gold" screw, White goes to the "silver" screw). Double check that your wire is wrapped so the curl goes the same direction as your tightening motion on the screw.
All that is left is closing up the socket. For this ceramic variety there are two screws that need to be lined up then tightened from the inside.
Not too impressive by itself, but in the right space I think it looks pretty good.
If Kara had been hanging it she would have made the curls look perfect and probably hung it at just the right height, but I get tired of doing the adjust, step back and stare routine.
The other reason I didn't waste a ton of time trying to make it perfect is because this is what I really wanted to do! (But I didn't want to put a bunch of holes in my wall since this won't be this lights forever home.)
This picture is from the portfolio Mike Moeller from Design Star Season 5. He ended incorporating this idea into the outdoor space they did during a challenge.
So what do you think? I know it isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but if you are on the fence put off your final judgement until tomorrow. I going to be back with a few ways to hopefully help you make it your own.