A pretty and delicate lace-like pendant chandelier made for less than $35 using three metal candle holders and a triple pendent cord set from Ikea.
Before Sophie came along Oliver and Anna shared the jack-and-jill bathroom. It was a pale green bathroom (not really sure what I was thinking there), something that could be shared by a boy and a girl without a giant fight. But then Sophie came along, Oliver got the guest room and bathroom, and I got to go to town making the prettiest, girliest, bathroom of my dreams. I’m going to dedicate a post to it one day.
The one thing that I always get hung up on is lighting though. I KNOW the right light can completely make the space, and the wrong light (like the ones the builder put in), can ruin everything else you’ve done. The problem is that lighting is just so damn expensive. Seriously – it’s a little bit of metal and/or glass and some wire, why the hell does it cost so much.
I got a lucky score online, $25 for a nice stainless light for over the sinks. But in the attached tub and toilet area I was stuck. I went on a trip to Ikea for some jars and rugs, fell in love with these candle holders, and for less than $35 put together an amazing pendant light for in there.
Here’s everything that I used to make the light (outside of whatever my husband used to wire it in, which I think was just some electrical tape and whatever was used in the original light) – A triple pendant cord set from Ikea ($15.99), three candle holders from Ikea ($5.99 each), a drill, and a hole saw bit.
I used a 1 3/4″ bit to make sure the pendant would fit through.
I figured out what size to use by slipping it over the outside. The tightest one that fits is what you want.
Find the center of your candle holder. It needs to be close, but it doesn’t need to be PERFECT. After the hole is drilled you have a bit of play to line it up with your eye.
I put the candle holders in our mulch in the front yard to drill the hole. It was soft enough to not damage the scalloped edges of the metal when I pushed down with the drill, but sturdy enough to hold it for me. Drill your holes.
These are the candle holders with the holes drilled.
After that just attach the triple pendant cord, wire it in (or have someone do it for you like I did – thanks Bo!), then screw in some bulbs.
Come on – they are SO pretty!!!