Turning a basket into a light fixture tutorial

The real name should be “turning a basket that was found by the side of the road into a light fixture.” I love me some free sidewalk trash. Remember our guest bed head board window frame that we found in a back alley. Is that weird that we put sidewalk trash in our house…hmm, I’m over it!

So, Jani, Joe’s mom, has now been trained to keep an eye out for trash treasure and she scored. She is the one who found our card catalog on Craigslist, and has scored again by finding this basket on the side of the road. At first, I thought it may be too big, but truth is, IT”S PERFECT! See how we did it here with our light fixture kit from Ikea!

Here she is in all her glory before the transformation began.

Step 1 – Drill a hold big enough for the plug end side of the cord to fit through. You can always make the hold bigger, not smaller, so remember that 🙂

Step 2: Fit the cord through the hole.

Wells woke up during the process, so here is me holding little man while daddy does the work 🙂

Step 3: Our basket was coming apart a bit so we used wire to hold the top on.

Step 4: Find a stud in the ceiling and screw it in. We did it with cable cord holders like these. See, we totally would have fixed it into the ceiling and not had a cord going across the ceiling but we rent and don’t own, so this is our makeshift way of having a light fixture. Not so bad, eh?

So our stud finder didn’t work at first and we missed a few times, oops!

Next, plug in a light bulb and gasp at the beauty 🙂

Here it is with the light off.

Here is our dining room before:
Do you like the change or should we have kept it the same?

Also, we took the old shade and put it on another lamp we just made, more on that later 🙂

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  • it looks sooooo cool, meg. and i love the scale. plus think of how much fun it will be to tell your dinner guests about the trashlight. perfect.


    September 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  • Love it! I prefer your now dining room, but both are darling. Baby always wakes up in the middle of our day projects as well. Love your blog!

    September 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm
  • You have me thinking I need to scope out our master bathroom trash basket for lighting potential, now! What a wonderful idea. This is my first visit to your blog; I’ll be back!

    September 12, 2012 at 7:41 am
    • Hey Jaimee! I think that is what this was because it was a little dirty and we had to clean it out 🙂 Great idea!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm
  • Wow, I love the patina of that basket with the brass and glass table and those incredible chairs! Way to go Meg and Joe!!

    September 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm
  • The rectangular table makes the space. And I love your idea of using the basket. Does it cast fun shadows on the walls at night?

    September 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    • Not only does the basket make fun shadows but the hammered silver bowl makes the coolest ones when the light hits it!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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