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Dining Room Light - When you can't afford it, MAKE IT!

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After I completed the Garage door table, my wife and I wanted to shed some light on it.  The fixture we had was something I had installed when I built our dining room addition several years ago.  It needed replaced with a more "interesting" look - one that would match the table.  The light we liked was a little too expensive, especially for how simple it was, so I got the task of making one!  As it turns out, the look is pretty much the same (only better) at about a quarter the cost!

I came up with a light similar to the one we liked, but would be more custom and would match our decorating style a little better.  It would have 5 pendant lights and each would be a different length to create a random staggered pattern.  Move on to the next steps see how I created it!
 
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Step 1: Finding the right base

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Originally I was just going to buy a 2 x 6 and use that as the base plate, but I wanted to re-use something thus saving a little more money and be a little more green.

Last year I had tore down part of our kids' old wooden play set as it wasn't very safe anymore, and waddaya know, there in our storage shed was the lumber I salvaged!  In amongst that lumber was a 5/4" board the swings had hung from! This worked out perfectly since it was thick enough to hide the wiring, but thinner than a regular 2x4.  Now all I had to do was make it into a light fixture!

That was beautiful Mitch :) Thanks for sharing the table and the lights with us. The technique to "age" the wood is magnificent

Thanks again
gathem1 year ago
Wow! I loved your garage door table! And I love the lights. Great job making an epic dining room on a budget.
jmitch77 (author)  gathem1 year ago
Thank you! It's always fun to see what you can come up with instead of always buying new things!
Awesome! I like yours better! Wood always looks nicer, especially with your awesome table :)
jmitch77 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you! These two things have completely changed the look of our dining room!
This came out beautifully!!!
jmitch77 (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Thanks!