New Dining Room Pendant only $43!!!

Did you guys notice when I posted our paint makeover last month that we also changed out our dinning room light? Although I love the one we had, it always seemed a bit too small for the room, especially when the table is extended to it’s full length.

BEFORE:                                                                                    AFTER:

boxwood clippings_dinning room light

I’d been wanting to replace it for a while, but boy are lights expensive.

Since we’ve been working on the nursery, I decided our old light would be perfect up there, so it was time to get serious and keep my eyes peeled. And that’s when I spotted THIS beauty at Ikea.

boxwood clippings_dinning room light

Can you believe this massive shade is only $25?!

I already had a cord ($5), but I needed a new mount for the ceiling. I had no luck at Lowes or Home Depot, but found this lovely one for only $15 at West Elm.

boxwood clippings_dinning room light mount


Now the only problem was the cord. If you buy a pendant light usually them come with mount, cord, cord cover and the light, but because I built this piece by piece, I couldn’t find a cord cover and the cord alone looked too thin and cheap.

Then inspiration struck: wrap the cord in string. So that’s what I did. I found the thickest string I could at Ace, and got to work, and I’m happy to report it only took about 20 mins!

What do you think?

boxwood clippings_dinning room light

boxwood clippings_dinning room light

Not to shabby hey?

5 Responses to “New Dining Room Pendant only $43!!!”

  1. Miranda M Says:


  2. LB Says:

    Looks great!

  3. Steph at MPMK Says:

    Looks wonderful and I think I’m going to try it with colored string for an added pop… I’m curious about how the wiring works. Did you buy the $5 cord with the plug-in at the end from IKEA – how does the plug work with an existing spot for an overhead light fixture? Thanks!

  4. Sarah Says:

    Steph, great question. Yes that cord from Ikea, but needs some adjusting to take off the plug end. My husband knows how to do this so it wasn’t a big deal. But as always with working with electrical be careful, and hire someone who knows what they are doing!

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