DIY: An Industrial Wall Light for $15

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We recently featured an Updated Danish Farmhouse with enchantingly raw interiors: concrete floors, painted brick walls, and industrial lighting. I was particularly taken with the wall-mounted light fixtures in the kitchen that the owners salvaged from a brickyard. I set out to build my own DIY version; here's what I came up with for less than $15 per light. 

Photography by Izabella Simmons, unless noted.

Inspiration

Industrial Wall-mounted Lamp in Danish Home and Kitchen I Remodelista

Industrial Wall-mounted Lamp in Danish Home and Kitchen I Remodelista

Above: My inspiration—the kitchen of jewelry designer Marie von Lotzbeck and photographer Jakob Kirk, lit by wall-mounted salvaged industrial lights. Photograph by Kira Brandt via Femina.

 Industrial Wall-mounted Lamp in Danish Home and Kitchen I Remodelista

Industrial Wall-mounted Lamp in Danish Home and Kitchen I Remodelista

Above: The three kitchen light fixtures mounted in a row. Photograh by Kira Brandt via Femina.

DIY Project

After a few trips to my local hardware and lighting stores, I was able to source very similar parts—a few discoveries in the plumbing aisle made it all come together. (Skip ahead if you want to see my results.) 

Part for DIY Lamp I Remodelista

Part for DIY Lamp I Remodelista

Materials 

 

Above L: Phillips Halogen Flood Light Bulb. Above R: Krylon Spray Paint in Flat Black finish; $5.38 from Tool Up.

Instructions

Step 1: Spray paint all of the lamp parts matte black and leave them to dry outside for at least half a day.

Step 2: Assemble the pieces—all of the parts have threads that easily screw into one another for complete assembly—yes, it's that easy.

Step 3: Hire an electrician to taake care of the wiring and installation. That's the next step for me.

Finished Project

Complete DIY Lamp I Remodelista

Complete DIY Lamp I Remodelista

 

Above: Not a bad facsimile, eh? 

 

Complete DIY Lamp I Remodelista

Complete DIY Lamp I Remodelista

 

Above:  The DIY lamp ready to be wired and installed.

Into making your own light fixtures? Here's a DIY pendant to consider (hint: it involves drinking straws). And have a look at my $7 Redo of a Glass Pendant Light using brass paint. Green thumb? On Gardenista, see A Chandelier That's Also an Herb Garden.

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