14 May 2010

Flea Market Style inspired lighting

The Radio Cabinet Redo, part 2 is going to have to wait until Monday.  Someone (not naming names) forgot to bring his tools home last night! 

 I considered using a serrated knife to cut the wood with but apparently that doesn't work so well?  Hmm. 

Hey, beavers use their teeth right?  Maybe I should have gone that route. 

Or maybe I can just learn to be patient. 


So all of you have seen this, I'm assuming.  It's in the drop dead gorgeous funnel section of Flea Market Style Magazine. 

I have been drooling over this since I first saw it.  It's industrial.  It's farmhouse-y, its galvanized.  It's not 600.00. 

I decided to make my own version this past week, and I only spent 20.00!

First of all, I found an old funnel.  This was the only part that was challenging!  I ended up scoring one on ebay for 3.00... it's actually an old fuel filter.  It still had a screen in it, so I just took a pair of snips and some pliers and pulled it right out!

Then I bought a mini pendant light kit.  I looked all over for a wiring kit but no such luck.  The mini pendant kits are 17.00 at Lowes.  Home Depot has some, but they're very modern looking, and not as easy. 

The pendant kit I got was black, but for some reason has a picture of a silver one on the front.  Interesting. 

At the top of the pendant, unscrew the bolts, and take off the top.  Thread your wires through the opening on the funnel, and then put the top back on.  You can put a little silicon on the bottom part so that it adheres to the funnel, but I just left mine loose so that if I ever wanted to change it, I could.
Here's what the inside of the funnel should look like...

Now you're ready to just screw in your lightbulb, wire it in, and go!

My 20.00 funnel light...love it!

Well, I am off to put some music on the old ipod for the market tomorrow!  I can't believe it's here already!!!  Expect a fun post coming soon!!
Have a great weekend everyone...


a little bit vintage said...

Awesome! Love it! Happy weekend!


Nancy said...

Very cool!


Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

sooo cute! luv it!

vosges paris said...

so HI! ;)
Your idea is such a clever solutions for this lamp. I love the industrial look of it. I have seen very very large ones of this kind of lamps , it were Indian washing buckets ;)
Its looking great...
now come over and say HI too ;)
greetings from Amsterdam

melody-mae said...

this is awesome. love it!

Mandy Higgs said...

I say this idea once and i thought it was soo awesome!!
i'll take your button and put it on my blog:D Have a great weekend.

Angela said...

I'ts wonderful...perfect patina!!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

I love going to flea markets and even better finding things you can incorporate into your home:)


Love it!!

ZAIRA said...

Oooooh, I like it, looks really fine!!
Have a great weekend xxx

KarenSue said...

Today is the day! I'm thinking about you girls and hope you have a wonderful day. I think the weather is suppose to be good.
I love the funnel light!

Olde Common Scents said...

Wow! What a great light!

Melanie said...

Cute cute cute!

krys kirkpatrick said...

I love it. I am getting ready to do the farm chicks show in Washington state. I want lights but there is no electrical. So I was thinking of using jars or soup cans...led lights and hanging from cording. Excited to start this DIY project.

Kathy said...

Your genious!

gina3 said...

Don't ya love it? Yours looks great. I like th finish on it better than the inspiration. I actually hung the exact light in my house before one was featured in the magazine. Some people thought I was crazy but of course now have changed their tune. Stop by to see it if you get a chance.

Stephanie said...

So cool. I'm really inspired by all your craftyness!

Amber Rose said...

Love it!! Can't wait to hear all about the market;)

Samantha2818 said...

Your light looks amazing - exactly like the one in the magazine.
Good luck for today - hope you're rushed off your feet all day and have to spend all day tomorrow counting your takings!
I can't wait to hear all about it xx

Anonymous said...

So glad you were inspired to make one from our article on funnels! It turned out fantastic!
Heather Bullard
Senior Editor
Flea Market Style Magazine

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

Ok, UGH.

I totally just commented and then the computer ate it.

BAD BAD computer.

Lets see, it went something like THIS:

Wow that's really cute! I love it. I hope your market goes wonderfully this weekend!

Hey, I bet you are the person to ask this- Do you have any ideas for vintage jello molds? I don't want to use them for votive holders, and need another idea, perhaps something that hangs? I have run out of shelf space in my house do it its size and the roaming hands of my 2 and 4 year old children. I should post a pic of them and ask my readers. But I'll ask you first!

Well, my comment that was so devistatingly eaten was better worded and more witty, but I'm not able to repeat my previous success!

Have a great weekend!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Yours looks SO much better than the pricier versions!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Martha said...

Love it....love it....and the price is fantastic!!!

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Wow...great job, I've been looking at those, too! I'm grabbing your button and am you're newest fan! xoxo Beth