When she was renovating her kitchen, Ashley wanted to install the Anthropologie Beacon Light
, but it was (a) too small, and (b) too expensive. Not to be nonplussed, she looked around her home and transformed an ordinary wire basket into the perfect lamp using nothing more than some paint and a few hardware-store doodads.
Ashley posted a detailed how-to
on her blog, along with a lot more photos, but here are the salient details:
Step 1: Cut off basket handles and bottom middle wire (to center pendant).
Step 2: Spray paint basket and outlet cover.
Step 3: Adhere an ordinary outlet cover to bottom inside of basket. I used Liquid Nails, but any strong glue would work. Since the outlet cover is on the inside of the basket the glue will not be used for strength just keeping the cover and basket in place.
Step 4: Turn basket over for glue to dry.
Step 5: Add weight on top of outlet cover while glue dries.
Step 6: Spray paint it all.
Step 7: Connect it to your pendant light.
Images: Ashley Ann Photography