Vintage Pendent Light MakeoverĀ 

My kitchen has no lighting over the sink.  It’s dark…and hard to get anything done when trying to work in there of the evening.  I decided several months ago that when I ran across some appropriate vintage lighting on the cheap, I would grab it and convert it into over sink lighting.  

I found this pair of awesome, although outdated, pendent lights from the auction Saturday night for just a few dollars (like $5ish).   This project required 2 rewiring kits, 2 ceiling hooks, and some silver spray paint.  

Last night, I disassembled the lights-tossing the old wire and the brass looking ceiling plates.  I also estimated I only needed about six inches of the chain that was attached and removed the excess with some pliers.

The globes got a soak and scrub in hot water and after a good dusting, the remaining fixtures got 2 light coats of silver spray paint.  All the parts got left to dry overnight.

This morning, I rewired.  Since I wanted to have plug-ins rather than hardwired lights, I started with the chain end-threading my wire through the chain, into the finial, next the actual fixture and the threaded post that holds it all together. 

Tighten all that together, then thread on the base of the socket, attached the wires, and push the remaining part of the socket into place.

Once that’s together, screw in a bulb and plug it in.

I attached the globes after confirming it was correctly wired and working, then hung two plant hanger hooks (using drywall anchors) above my sink.  After some trial and error decided to remove 2 more links from the chains to have them at the right height for me and the window.  

Final touch was to tuck in the wires around the window.  I used some stick on hooks and a couple of cup holder hooks to accomplish this.

And the finished product….cute lights on the cheap! 

Hope you get inspired!


New Dog Feeders for the KennelsĀ 

A few months back, the hunting dogs arrived at Peppermint Acres.  We’ve slowly been trying to streamline the kennel and feeding process, making it easier and less messy.  Today, we added feeders so that feeding can be done without having to open the kennel doors to access the buckets.  

Here’s how we did it:

First, we started with cutting pieces of 1.5 inch PVC.  Each feeder needs one 8inch section.

Next, we cut a 4 inch section of 2 inch PVC.  Each feeder will also need a 4 inch to 2 inch “funnel”, a 1.5inch to 2 inch bushing, and a 45degree 1.5 inch elbow.

Simple enough, right?  Now to assemble.  Using PVC purple primer and cement, we inserted the short 2 inch PVC into the funnel.

Then, the 2in to 1.5 inch bushing is attached.

Followed by the longer 1.5 inch pipe and finally the 45degree elbow. Your final product will look like this:

The total assembly is then attached to the chain link dog kennels with wire, so the food slides down from the funnel, through the chainlink, and into the buckets.  

So…final test…how does it work? Watch and see!