Vintage Pendent Light Makeover 

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I found this pair of awesome, although outdated, pendent lights from the auction Saturday night for just a few dollars (like $5ish).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!