I cant wait to share with you guys the next installment of Dylan’s room! Check out her new Wooden Openwork Cube Pendant Light.
I was super inspired by this light from Restoration Hardware. And set out to totally knock it off…but it was WAY more complicated than I thought it would be. And you guys know I never give up on a project fail so after thinking about it for a few hours I decided to do something that had the same vibe but was simple enough to actually execute.
First you want to make your cube. I used 3/4 Square Dowel from Home Depot for this fun light. I used 25 feet. Cut your dowel into 4 long pieces (mine were 15”) and short pieces (to figure out the length you need just subtract the width of 2 dowels from the end, so ours was 13.5”)
You are going to make 2 squares that look like this:
We used our nail gun and finishing nails. If you don’t have a small compressor with a nail gun I TOTALLY recommend getting one, we use ours so much!!
Nail through the ends of the long pieces into the short ones.
Doesn’t my husband have cute hands?
Then when you have made your 2 squares you are going to connect them with the 4 remaining pieces.
After you have constructed your cube you are going to put in your cross pieces. Cut the ends at 45 degree angles.
We made it so the edges were on the top and bottom of each square. Also does anyone want to explain to me why the grass on our lawn is dead but its alive and kicking in the cracks in our driveway?
Make sure that all of your pieces are going the same direction. You can tell if you did it right if you get X’s when you look at any side straight on.
For the pendant light I used one that I found at Home Depot on MASSIVE clearance. It was $10.88! Crazy!
I did this next step backwards so DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO! To be able to suspend the cube on the pendant light we needed something to hold it in place. I had some rubber washers from a light kit that we cut in 1/2 and put it on. Do this and THEN paint. Because you can get some scratching if you do it the other way.
Then its time to install your light. There are lots of videos on youtube on exactly how to do this by licensed elecricians. It is really easy but can be a little nerve wracking if you have never done electrical work before.
Notice our cube isnt on yet.
You need to drill a hole in one corner. This was probably the hardest part of the whole shebang.
We started by drilling into the corner
We drilled the hole bigger than neseccary so that it would sit level. If you have a small hole then there isnt going to be room for error if its not perfect. And lets face it, its not going to be perfect. SO make you hole bigger than you need. Ok?
We also ended up pulling one of the pieces of wood apart so that we could get it on the pendant. We just used a smallish screw to reattach it.
I stained the wood with Minwax Natural 209. (if you haven’t been here for long you should know that I am OBSESSED with light wood. Its my fave!)
And then you are done!
Don’t you love the impact that it has?!
Its industrial-ish frame work totally shows off the pendant and Edison bulb (you can buy them at Home Depot or Lowes!) Its modern, raw, warmish, and industrial all in one big beautiful package!
And don’t be scared to try this! Its not as scary as you would think! And the best part? I spent $45 on the whole thing.
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Love Your Guts, Mandi