Barn Light Look-A-Like

Jennifer —  May 7, 2012 — 4 Comments

The Hubs and I are in the midst of a small rehab.  We are helping our friend get her house ready to move in.  I have been feverishly working on rehabbing light fixtures to go in her home.  All the old fixtures are outdated.  The theme that we have been going for is cozy cottage.  Ashley, if you are reading, do you like that one?  Thats your term!  Here is the kitchen:

The kitchen wasn’t that bad of shape.  I am sad to say that I didn’t get a picture of the light fixture before this rehab got started.  It was still on the market when I took these pictures and when we could finally get in it The Hubs got going and I just didn’t get it.  Oh well, it’s not about what it was…its about what it is now.  Here was my inspiration:

Source Barnlight Electric Arlington Sconce

Since this was $94, my goal was to recreate it.  There is one at Lowes for $24.oo so if I couldn’t make it happen then I would snag that one, but spray painting it the color we wanted would cost another $10.00 so it would have been a $34 fixture…still reasonable.  I like a challenge.  Do you remember this ugly fixture that I got for free?

I helped the lady at the Re-Store post something on Craigslist and she said that I could have something in the store. I picked this chandelier. Its ugly but I saw the potential. I took this bad boy apart.  This sat in my closet until now. I went back to the Restore and found this sconce light.

It is natural alternative viagra meant for the long part to go up and down but I figured I could change that. I didn’t have a bulb with it or the mounting hardware so I got it for a dollar. I paired it with one of the shades from the ugly chandy. I spray painted it a Charcoal metal color, after priming it of course.

I used the mounting hardware from the previous fixture.  It worked great.  The only problem was I didn’t have the little knobs that hide the holes you screw the fixture in with, so I spray painted some screws.  It blends in and  the gooseneck and the shade hid them anyway.  So here is my rehabbed light:


  • Pendant Shade – Free
  • Light Sconce – $1
  • Primer – $4
  • Spray Paint – $4
  • Light bulb $2.00  ($4 for pack of two)

New Kitchen Light for under $10…Score!  I love the barn light look.  I saved myself $24 if I would have bought the one from Lowes and $84 saved if we would have purchased the one at Barnlight Electric.  It’s not the same of course…but it accomplishes the look.

Thanks for reading!


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4 responses to Barn Light Look-A-Like

  1. Wow, great redo. I’ve got an old hanging school light I’m going to redo soon for my front hallway.

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