HOME: DIY BASKET PENDANT LAMPSHADES
A little while ago, Jason and I got stuck into a rainy weekend project at home. After a year of paper work, loan approvals, planning, designing and building our dream home (all whilst I was pregnant and running my blog and my social & design studio, Your Creative Start) we finally moved into our home at Sunrise Beach in May last year.
Our home is what you would call a minimalist beach house with lots of natural light; we have a ridiculous number of windows and on rainy days it still feels bright and happy. The exterior is painted white, with timber cladding, raw concrete rendering, black garage door and black window frames. The entrance to the driveway is covered in stone, so it’s nice to have a bit of mid-century influences as well. The interior is completely uncomplicated – white square edge walls, high ceilings and matte polished timber floors. And our kitchen and bathrooms are quite masculine – black matte Fenix Interiors cabinetry with Ceasarstone raw concrete bench tops. We had intended the bathrooms to have different cabinetry and bench tops but the carpenter messed up our order, and because we wanted to move in without further delays (my pregnancy was approaching 30 weeks at thats stage), we decided to stick with the black and raw concrete finishes in those spaces. Anyway…
After we moved in, we hadn’t anticipate the amount of work that goes into styling a home – plants, lamps, shelves, rugs, furniture, and of course, art. And because we are minimalists at heart (who had moved from a tiny two-bedroom apartment where we didn’t bring any of the furniture with us) we knew we didn’t want to fill our house with ‘things’ that were trendy or seasonal. Constantly replacing prints and plants and bedding and rugs can get expensive, and we’d rather travel with that money to be honest! So, we have carefully, and slowly, added elements to the space and by pure chance, my great uncle (who is an artist) gifted us with some of his most loved pieces. We invested in getting them reframed using natural timber and chose one of his pieces for the kitchen.
This is where I learned a big lesson with interiors – whilst art can be incredible, it won’t always suit the space you intend it for. We tried to make a piece of my uncles art work in the kitchen, however it ended up giving me a lot of angst because I started to hate the space. It made me second guess our choices for the cabinetry and bench tops; not the best feeling. Something just wasn’t working and I knew it was the art combined with the original black wire pendant lights we had installed during the build. I knew a natural material, such as timber, or rattan, or cane would work well for the pendant lights, but I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. The joys of owning your own home…everything is so expensive! So, after speaking to my interior savvy friend Elle, and buying some fresh art and baskets from my friends store Hello Trader, I knew I had a solution. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy DIY that will transform your space – this is the one.
Depending on your existing pendant lights, you may need a variety of tools. Here's what we used:
- Wire cutters
- Sharp scissors
- Baskets from Hello Trader
1. The first thing you need to do when working with existing pendant lights (or lampshades) is turn off the power/electricity in your house, or wherever you intend to do this DIY. This is a non-negotiable. We had to cut the original lampshades off the pendants; you may not have to do this. Regardless, turn off the power/electricity
2. Once the power/electricity is switched off, and you’ve tested that it’s off, take the light bulbs out of the pendant light and place them in a safe place so they don’t break or get stepped on.
3. Using your tools, remove the existing lampshade. Our was made from hard wire so it took a bit of effort and Jasons strong arms to get this done.
4. Once the lampshades have been removed, cut a small cross on the bottom of your basket. Be careful not to cut the cross to long, as you will need to fold the corners down and this helps to stop the basket from falling off the light.
5. With a bit of care, push lightly through the bottom of the basket and check it’s hanging evenly. Then put the light bulb back in and turn the electricity back on.
And voila! DIY Basket Pendant Lights.