Thursday, March 7, 2013

diy tiered pendant tutorial

The first thing I bought for the bathroom makeover for the One Room Challenge
was Urban Outfitter's tiered pendant.  I saw this post from Jenny of Little Green Notebook,
 where she shared some of her favorite gems from Urban Outfitters, and I ordered it that day!
 I knew I wanted something with a modern edge to it, but after it was hung it I thought it
 needed a little pizazz. 

First, I'll show you how I added a custom touch with decorative sheet metal
I had leftover from my Craigslist hutch transformation, and then how to transform it
from a pendant into a flush mount ceiling fixture.

Urban Outfitters Triple Tiered Pendant Shade


Home Depot: Shade Holder Kit
Home Depot: Cloverleaf Sheet Metal (my piece was 12 x 36)
Gold Sharpie
Floral Wire


Each tier is attached to a crossbar by four chains, we're going to cut the sheet metal to size
and attach it with floral wire in four places where the chains meet the crossbar.

Cut the metal in 3 equal size strips, approximately 4"
(For the largest tier you'll need to attach two pieces together, we want to be
sure the pattern aligns, so at this point make sure two of the pieces do so.
You'll use one of the pieces for the smallest tier, and the other for the largest tier,
plus the leftover from the smallest tier.)  Stick with me you'll get it!

Trim the solid edge.

Starting with the smallest tier and using the floral wire like a twist tie,
 attach the edge of the sheet metal to the stationary ring. Continue around the shade
attaching on all four rings.

When you get to the end align the pattern by overlapping the ends,
 secure with floral wire and trim excess sheet metal and wire.


Color the floral wire with the gold sharpie to blend.

The largest tier doesn't have a chain and rings, attach the floral wire directly to the crossbar.

 Also because of the diameter of the largest tier you'll need to piece together the sheet
metal using the leftover piece from the smallest tier. Attach each end together using the
floral wire, as above. *** These are the two pieces you want aligned in the first step when
you make your cuts.

I chose to leave this piece a bit longer, no reason, you can do what looks good to you. :)

How to adapt the pendant to a flush mount: 

I took this photo of the adaptor to give you a visual of how it looks before we attach the shade.
The crossbars at the top of the shade will be mounted between the ceiling and the adaptor.

***Turn off the electricity****
Bring the wiring from the adaptor up through the center of the crossbars on the shade.
Attach them to the wiring at your ceiling - black to black, white to white, and the
the ground wire to a metal screw. If you're not familiar with doing this there are numerous
 videos online that show you step by step, and it's easy!

Attach the adaptor to the ceiling with the two mounting screws included.
This is a view looking up to the ceiling from below the shade.

Yell for someone to turn the electricity on for you,
cross your fingers, and enjoy your new light!

If you'd like to catch up with the One Room Challenge...

Week 1 - Before & The Plan
Week 2 - Painting Stripes
Week 4 - Lighting

Final Bathroom Reveal here

Have yourself a great weekend, friends!


Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

This is beautiful! I love the bit of excess metal peeking over the top and bottom of the top tier!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

That was a lot of steps to install the fixture. Thanks for making it so easy to follow.

Andrea said...

Ummmm, that was brilliant. Iiked the light before, but now I love it. So darn smart!

Lori said...

One big light bulb went on over your head to figure this all out! It's beautiful- like an inverted golden wedding cake! I'm a little afraid of electrical stuff but now I think I would try it.

Monica said...

I am floored at your talent. Love how something average can be converted to something so beautiful and I could see this in a million dollar home easy. Thank you for your steps and all the names of the products. I am still in awe of your painted/redesign hutch. I will be using that paint color later in the year for some old twin beds.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

That was very smart...looks great!

Danielle said...

Fantastic tutorial! x

Cindy @ a curious gardener said...

I want to be crafty brilliant like you in my next life!

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...

I can't even tell you how many times I've had this light from Urban Outfitters in my shopping cart already in the past couple of month.
I love it and love what you did with it.

Unknown said...

Yup, I am always impressed with your ingenuity and cleverness Pam, this is no exception!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

This is by far one of the most amazing transformations I have seen!

Amanda said...

this is going to be the bed makeover ever!!! cant wait!!

Dana Frieling said...

Yep, filing this one away to copy down the road. You're the smartest!

Jenn said...

Woah, this is so amazing - LOVE what you did to the light.

Also, did you make or buy the roman shade? I love it, and if you made it can you point me in the direction of a tutorial? :)

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Seriously.... I didn't think you could impress me more.... but there you go again. Gorgeous!!!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

You are so smart! What did I do without you in my life? Totally stealing this idea for my Ikea hack….thank you Pam!!!!

Unknown said...

Great job Pam, I can't believe how handy you are! and inventive! You are amazing my friend.
xo Nancy

A room with a view said...

I love when someone transforms a light fixture - this is incredibly creative, Pam. I love the color! The sharpie was used for the floral wire, right? I can see that in one of the pics.

Jessie said...

What a great idea! You totally transformed a regular pendant into a stunning light fixture! Good job! Thanks for the tutorial!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful post, love all the inspiration!
Kitchen designs

Stephanie said...

Oh Pam it looks fantastic! I love your more. Great tutorial as well. Can't believe how pretty it looks in the room.

Unknown said...

You made this? YOUR AMAZING! Thanks for sharing

by the spoonful said...

This is great! I've been tempted to get this lamp so many times - and I love how to customized it! Did you buy the cord kit from Urban too? Or did this work with whatever comes with the pendant only?

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love when I look up how to make a pendant light a flush mount and my bestie's pics come up!!!!!

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