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Galvanized tub light

So, one of the things we did in the dining room to tie the decor with the kitchen was to make a galvanized tub light. It had a really dated chandelier that didn't work completely. And did I mention dated?

old light
I wanted to match the barn pendant lights over the bar as much as possible. Here they are:

barn pendant lights
So, I started with a clamp light:

It wasn't big enough however. So, I went to a feed and hardware store and bought a galvanized tub the size I wanted. Then my husband drilled a hole in the tub and inserted the cord from the clamp light:

Here's what it looked like inside:

Next I needed to paint it. I used the High Heat in black to prime it ( I wasn't sure how hot the light would make it and didn't want the rust color to peel ), let it dry, then sprayed on the Espresso over that.

Here's what it look like after painting:

pretty good color match
Then we hung it. Unfortunately, we had to leave it in the original spot so we swagged it over to the right spot. We also had to remove the handle from the top and the drill holes on the sides close to the bottom to reattach the handle for the chain to attach to. We didn't know if the cord could hold the weight of the tub by itself. Figured it was better safe than sorry.

Here it is finished:

I like how it shines down on the table without glare. It also ties in well with our pendants and for about $20 we got a rustic and custom light.

The hallway and doors are next. Then I think I can just concentrate on decorating. (My favorite part!)
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  1. Love the galvanized tub turned light fixture!such a great idea!!

    1. Thank you! I wanted to keep the look fun with a rustic vibe. I think this worked great.

  2. What at terrific project! I love that it was so thrifty, too!

    1. It was really fun too. I think my husband thought I was a little crazy when I first suggested it, but he loves it. Thanks for stopping in!

  3. What a great idea! This looks fantastic - it's amazing how details like this can change the whole look of a room.

    1. I know, right? It's a lot of fun to have a house to try different out on.

  4. Those are really cool lights. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

    1. Thank you! And thanks for hosting the newbie party. Love seeing everyone's creativity!

  5. Your lights are great!! I love them. Visiting from the Newbie Party. I'm your newest follower. :)

    Kathy @

  6. Very neat! Your new light fixture looks great! :)

  7. Now that's just cool! Were looking for an outdoor light and I'm having a hard time forking over the money. This just might work! Love it!

    1. It was really easy too! Share what you come up with; I'd love to see it!

  8. I love ANYTHING Galvanized! I am awarding you the Liebster Award! CONGRATS! Follow to my POST!

  9. Great! It sounds good. Thanks for sharing..
    Pendant Lights


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