Paint stick pendant light - complete, DIY

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The light is finally finished.

While I was away at girl's camp, I was surprised to come home to my paint stick pendant light making the rounds on the Internet. Jason Loper's write-up over at Apartment Therapy kind of got it noticed. Big thanks to him! He sent me a nice e-mail to let me know so then I couldn't wait to get home and read it and then get back to the business of finishing this project.

But before I get to the final product, let me share some details. (You can reference the beginning process here.)

At first I had planned on using the existing light fixture and just give it a new coat of paint. But after looking it over, it wasn't in good enough shape. So we bought a pendant with a downrod but it was not the right length- too long with three extensions and too short with two.

Knowing we had to customize it, we also purchased connectors and a decorative chain. I wanted the downrod but also wanted to give it some sway just in case a ball is launched around the house and hits the light. A scenario like that is inevitable, especially with a bunch of kids.

Because we couldn't find the exact type of connectors we needed to connect the rod to the chain, we took apart the existing fixture and used those. It worked like a charm.
After piecing it all together and with Jon's trusty wiring job, we stood back to admire our handiwork.

Using the "decorative" end of the paint stick on the bottom of the shade gives it more detail, and we knew the light would look cool coming through. Because of their slightly rounded edges it also gives more of a finished look than the other end of the paint sticks would have given.

Now it's in place and we love it.

linking to Just a Girl

The Lettered Cottage

Fingerprints on the Fridge


  1. Awesome job! It looks beautiful with the stain!

  2. I've really been looking fwd. to seeing the finished project. Tad and I are both impressed, it's totally cool!

  3. Superb job...looks so trendy yet would fit any decorating design...very well done !

  4. Great job! It has such a rich look..I love using everyday materials to make something fabulous. Well done!

    Lucky 7 Design

  5. It looks so elegant and I like the solution of a chain with the rod--brilliant! Your blog is fun. I'll stop by again!
    best, nadia

  6. I really like that. So clean looking.

  7. found you via Funky Junk Interiors - this is phenomenal! Great job! I love how you tweaked it to make it work just right for you - it looks excellent!
    amy of four corners design

  8. I never would have dreamed these were paint sticks! That is fantastic. :)

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  10. Just love this project and plan on utilizing it in my own home! Thanks for sharing!

  11. wow!! this turned out amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. I really like how it looks. Great job!

  13. What a cool look! I love this light, and I'm a new follower . . . so excited to look through more of your blog!

  14. My jaw dropped when I saw this. It's ridiculously creative!!! I can't believe how great it looks.
    P.S I'm a new follower as well- how can I not be with this light fixture!

  15. This is so very wonderful! Love it to tiny bits!

  16. Love this!!! It turned out awesome and it looks so cozy!! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. Yours is super cute and I am your newest follower!

  17. Just curious, does this pendant with the shade give off enough light? I love it! Great job! Was thinking about doing it in my son's nursery. Thanks!

  18. Hi

    Could you please share what brand and colour stain you used?
    I looked in the comments to see if that had been asked and answered - someone on one of your other posts of this lamp asked, Dec 2013 but I can't see a reply. Would be appreciated as I'm having trouble deciding what stain to use.


  19. Hi!

    The light is still up and going strong. It does emit enough light and comes through the openings on the side as well from underneath.

    I apologize, I thought I wrote the name of the stain but I did not. It is Minwax Special Walnut and has since settled into a softer brown which I really like.


  20. Hi would you say it emits enough light to go above a kitchen table?

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