Our bach (modest beach house) needed new light fittings and we couldn't find anything in the stores that suited its unique inelegance or our unique financial beauty. We didn't really want to buy the light fittings we saw, as they were surprisingly expensive, especially as they weren't really what we wanted anyway. So armed with lamp fittings, driftwood and some $3 fruit bowls, we were ready to embrace something different.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
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Step 2: Select & Clean Driftwood
Driftwood comes in all shapes and sizes, so find something with a suitable shape and colour for the intended room. I decided to use a single ‘plank’, however you could achieve a similar effect using three thinner ‘branches’. Brush down and wash your driftwood with hot soapy water.
Step 3: Cut Driftwood to Size
Decide where the fruit bowls look best. I positioned mine half a fruit bowl in from the ends with a fruit bowl space in-between. If your driftwood requires cutting, mark out a rough edge and using your jigsaw shape the edge so that it looks naturally worn.
Step 4: Prepare and Level Driftwood
Once the light fitting is installed, you want the fruit bowls (light shades) to hang level to each other and parallel to the ground. To achieve this, mark and chisel out any uneven areas until the bowls sit level.
Step 5: Drill Fastening Holes
Mark out and drill fastening holes for attaching the fruit bowls to the driftwood. Drill a larger hole (suitable for the electrical cable) near the centre of each fruit bowl. To hide the cable from above, you may wish to route a channel from one hole to the other.