After making the school house chalkboard, I realized that our small hallway was dark.
I'm not sure why we never had a light put in while building. Weird?
I knew just the light fixture I wanted but they were crazy expensive.
So I headed to Home Depot.
There I found a light kit in the perfect finish.
At 14.00 I was sold!
It's a complete light fixture and all you add is your decorative globe.
Well that would be easy if the decorative globe I wanted fit.
The globe that's made for these kits are pretty small.
Above is the globe I loved.
It too is found at Home Depot for about 5.00...sold!
The problem now was....
The mouth of the globe was too large.
I didn't let that stop me.
I searched the entire store. Top to bottom!
Where I found this!
It's your every day solar light.
Home Depot 3.00...sold!
It was a good fit and the finish matched the kit perfect!
Problem was the solar panel in the middle.
No worries.. I just used tin snips and cut it out.
Be careful with this part because the edges are sharp.
I then drilled 3 small holes close to the edge.
This will allow the screws to hold your globe in place.
I just slipped the solar panel lid over the socket and screwed on the ring.
(the ring was included in the kit)
The ring held the solar panel lid snug to the light kit and covered the jagged edge.
At this point I started getting excited and cheering...
This just might work!!!
I set my globe in place and tightened the screws.
Be careful not to go too tight.
I'm sure too much pressure could crack your globe.
You just want it snug enough to hold it securely in
After my part of the DIY school house pendant was done, I passed the baton.
Jesse, my oldest picked up my slack.
He has mad electric skills and loves his Momma ;)
Please work..please work...
I adore this kid!
By golly miss molly ..
I love it!!
Now lets recap our price shall we..
Solar light 3.00
22.00 for a school house pendant ain't bad!
I can't believe what a change just one light fixture can make.
And I'm so glad it worked!
I love the feeling of knowing I saved mucho money and achieved "the look".
Go forth..make something fun!