Friday, April 29, 2011

Attaching the hanging light

I almost forgot to post about how I attach the overhead light at our “snack” table!

This is a table the girls do their home work at, have their snacks & we sometimes even eat dinner at. We have a larger table in our dinning room but for some reason we all gravitate to this one. So a light over it had become necessary. Though I wish we had a ceiling outlet, I had to work with what I had…..just an outlet on the bottom of the wall. So I came up with a way to hide it the best I could.

This was a cheap project as well- hanging light-$6 (ikea) cord holder-$2 (ikea) corner molding-$2.39
ceiling medaillon-$5.99 ......whole project under $20!! Not bad :)

I had the light fixture already but had to figure out the where to hang it on the ceiling & the height I wanted it. I used a 3M hook for the ceiling & taped the cord to the wall to hold it in place

Then I used some corner molding, attached 3M foam adhesive , placed the cord along the wall & stuck the molding directly on the corner. This held the cord in place & hidden.

Then to make it look like an actual fixture I added a ceiling medallion & a cord strip.

The medallion needed to be tweaked a bit to make it fit over the cord. I just sawed out a little notch.
Then using a little hot glue I secured it to the ceiling. Then I just placed the cord into the cord strip (Ikea -$2) . It has a removable sticky strip on the back that holds it to the ceiling. Keeps the cord straight too.

Next I needed to “pretty” up the medallion to hide the hook. Using my circle cutter & a sturdy paper plate, I made a piece to fit the middle. Cut a circle, then cut a slit to the middle.
Squeeze the plate over the cord & hook allowing it to fold over itself to create a cone shape. Because I made the circle slightly larger then the space it filled, it held itself in place .
That’s it ! Done!

I painted the molding to match the wall & the top to match the crown molding.

I still need to caulk the molding but the hard part is done!! It blends right in :)


texwisgirl said...

i swear, you could fashion something out of nothing if you had to. :)

Michelle said...

WOW! Excellent job!

Sonya Heilmann said...

Cool! That is so clever!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

That looks awesome! Painting the molding the same color as the wall really made it blend in!

Allison said...

I agree with Theresa! You are amazing. If I were ever to be stranded on an island... I would want you there!

This is great.

d e l i g h t said...

Very innovative and it looks great!

Out on the prairie said...

I was waiting to see you climbing into the attic to rewire it. Nice job!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well that's a creative work around!

Heather said...

Wow! That was a big problem, and you certainly solved it. Great job!

Debbie said... clever and what a great job. you are one handy girl, you really put me to shame!!!

Mors Hjertekurv said...

I'm amazed how creative and clever you are :D WOW great job :D

Cyn said...

Wow -- you made that look REALLY easy!!!

Thanks for the birthday wishes – so sweet and totally made my day!
The Purple Goddess

Paula said...

That's so clever and it looks really good, you're very talented.

Diane Writes said...

Hello Trisha! You define a perfect homemaker. Excellent! It's very rare that I see homemakers who are really knowledgeable and even artistic at the same time. You are the best!