I don't know how or why I chose to live with this for so long but today is the day I do something about it!
Because I am who I am, I wanted to do something different. Something that is strong enough to hold a good number of coats and looks pleasing to the eye. So I came up with these awesome concrete light bulbs on reclaimed apple bin wood.
When I started this project I really thought that I found something new to instructables, but after I did some researching, I found someone who had already done concrete light bulbs. You can find anything on this site. We did things a little different but if you want another approach you can look at whamodyne's page to see how he did it.
I had a a lot of fun with this project and I hope you like it. Enjoy
Step 1: What You Need
Needle nose pliers
Step 2: The Light Bulb
Then you will have to get all of the junk out of the middle. Use your pick to break apart the interior element and then ream out the hole.
Make sure that all of the pieces are out of the bulb and you can start to fill it up.
Step 3: Concrete
It seems that the dryer the concrete. The shinier the finish. I tried with all different mixtures and they all have pros and cons. Try a few for yourself and see which ones you like.
Step 4: Set Your Screws
Make sure that when you fill the bulb up with cement you fill it all the way to the top. I had one that settled a bit and when I went to break the glass the metal end fell off the bulb.
Let the Concrete dry for at least three days and then you can start to break some glass.
Step 5: Break Some Glass
You will want to do this over a garbage because it will be a mess. Also please use safety glasses. Once you start, the glass falls off pretty easily. Make sure that there aren't any small fragments stuck to it and you can move to the end.
The little bits that are stuck to the inside of the metal are the hardest ones to get. Use a small pick or screwdriver to pry them out but be careful not to cut yourself.
Now you have some amazing concrete light bulbs and you can work on something to hang them on.
Step 6: The Shelf
The bin that I am using was from 1978(we date all of our bins) so that means the boards are 37 years old and have hauled tens of thousands of bushels of apples. Pretty cool that these boards are still so nice after all that time.
Not very many people have access to wood Apple bins but pallet would wood work great too.
First I removed all the nails so I could send it through the planer. I use a small punch to pound the nails out. Then grab the head of the nail with a hammer and pull them out.
I ran the two boards through the planer because the boards were pretty rough. A few passes and the wood looks brand new.
I wanted to have some rustic looking edges but I did run two sides through the jointer so the boards would sit flush on each other.
When the boards are ready, I used a brad nailer to secure the pieces together.
Step 7: Drill and Screw
Step 8: Awesome
Thank you for looking at my project and I hope that you have enjoyed it!!