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Metal Orb Pendant Light

Last Updated on December 17, 2012 by Kristi Linauer

I just finished installing my DIY hallway light, and didn’t want to wait until tomorrow to post it.  I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

hallway light after 2

I managed to shorten it 4.5 more inches, so now the clearance between the bottom of the light and the floor is 6 feet 7.5 inches.  It’s not the ideal 7 feet, but it’s good enough.

I also ended up painting it with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint, which turned out looking really dark…almost black.  Doesn’t matter.  I love the dark color against the creamy yellow walls!!  (I still need to finish the cutting in on the walls.  Thank you for kindly overlooking that unfinished detail.)

This might be silly, but I not only love the light.  I also love the crazy shadows it casts on the ceiling.  And I’m so thankful that it doesn’t cast crazy shadows on the walls and the floor.

hallway light after 1

There’s lots more to do, but at least I can check this project off the list, and now I can do the rest of the work in a well-lit hallway!

For anyone just now joining in, this light started off looking like this…

brass light before

And now from that one light, I’ve made a candle holder for John & Alice’s family room

brass light after

and then to the remaining chandelier parts, I added two 12” metal hanging baskets from Home Depot…

metal hanging basket from home depot

and used them (sans moss, obviously) to form a “cage” around the chandelier for my hallway.

hallway light after 2

Waste not, want not!

By the way, I totally believe in giving credit where credit is due.  This is not my original idea.  I completely ripped this idea off of the amazingly creative Mandi at Vintage Revivals.

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    October 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    It looks amazing!! Well done!

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    October 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Amazing!  And I too love the shadows on the ceiling!!  =)

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    October 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Okay, how did you make the cage around it? Awesome projects:)

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    October 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talent and PATIENCE!!! I admire you! 🙂

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    Miss Charming
    October 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    That has to be the most ingenious lamp DIY I've ever seen.  I absolutely love it!  (It would look great in my entryway…)  Wonderful job!

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    October 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    That is so cool!  And by the way, I love the drawer lining you did in an earlier post!  Can't wait to find something cool for my drawers :).  I'm really enjoying your blog!

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    October 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Love, love, love it!!!  You did GOOD!  And the shadows on the ceiling give such an elegant, dramatic look.  You are amazing.

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    athome with Meg
    October 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I just took down our foyer light which is almost EXACTLY like your original one.  Ours seems a little big longer, but the same basic shape.  It is now sitting in the basement – cold and alone.  You have given me a good idea and one I may tackle.

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    Victoria Lambert
    October 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Looks terrific!
    I love the shadows it creates too… plus, also like you, I love the black against your walls. If you hadn't pointed out the uncut walls I don't know if I would have noticed them. Too busy looking at the fixture!! 🙂

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    October 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    That looks so great! I love the shadows too!

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    Cheri Curtainlady
    October 20, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Looks great!  I recently painted my foyer light fixture oil rubbed bronze!  Love it!

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    October 20, 2011 at 2:38 am

    It looks awesome!! 

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    Darcy Spurgeon
    October 20, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Now, that's creative! Looks great!

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    October 20, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Beautiful!  I'm big on light and shadow, and really want to try this.

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    October 20, 2011 at 4:19 am

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    Insulation Types
    October 20, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Before you go for the lighting in the hallway, it is better to have a look at its surfaces. Observe the wall finishing carefully, its floor coloring, ceiling types, etc. This significantly decreases the illumination from the window present there.

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    Graphic Design Courses
    October 20, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Well proper room lighting does not only involve lights, but also it includes the color of room and the complements needed to make it more lively and bright.

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    Graphic Design Courses
    October 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Well proper room lighting does not only involve lights, but also it includes the color of room and the complements needed to make it more lively and bright.

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    Larry Martin
    October 20, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Well proper room lighting does not only involve lights, but also it includes the color of room and the complements needed to make it more lively and bright.

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    asian furnishings
    October 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

    When you created this furniture  it's such a very beautiful. And i will want to try to make this type of furniture for my home the help of your blog because your designing  is too different and very beautiful that's why i will try to make.

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    Terri Clark Esther
    October 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Turned out great!

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    October 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Wow. That looks pretty darn awesome!

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    October 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Ah! That is so brilliant!

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    Heidi @ Decor & More
    October 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    AWESOME.  I love it, so unique.  Even the crazy shadows are cool. 🙂
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    A Creative Spirit
    October 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    It looks great… now you just have to remember not to invite anyone over 6'6" over and you will be fine. :o)

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Fortunately, the tallest person I know is 6' 7", but he lives in Arizona and has never been to my home.    Everyone else I know is…well…normal height.  😀

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    October 22, 2011 at 1:38 am

    This is so cute!  Great job!

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    October 22, 2011 at 1:56 am

    This looks awesome!!!  I love the candle holder, too!  Good job : )

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    October 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Looks great! I just hung mine today! I love the shadows it puts out on the ceiling. Great Job 🙂 I'll post mine next week! Love Mandi's ideas!

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    October 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    It's awesome! It looks so high end. I like the shadows, too. 🙂

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    Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano
    October 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    So cool!  I'm pinning it and will probably copy you.  🙂

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    Katie Leipprandt
    October 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Really well done! I love that you re-purposed it in two ways! Might have to use this in our hallway as well… 🙂

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    October 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Wow Kristi, I know this isn't your original idea, but still, you followed through with something cool you saw and made it!  Looks awesome.

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    October 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    That light looks fabulous!  I was just looking at all the brassy fixtures at a thrift store this morning, dreaming a new life for them!  Now I'll have to go back and rescue one of them!

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    October 23, 2011 at 2:22 am

    It's brilliant! I'm thinking to do something similar for my hallway :). Looks awesome!

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    October 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Kristi, Your light is fabulous!!!  I love the shadows it creates too.  I used a different type of basket and it creates a water effect on the walls that is really pretty.  To see the original that Mandi got the idea from check out mine.

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    Art Photo Wall Decor
    October 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I love the shadows!

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    October 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

    It (and it's shadows) looks fabulous (and expensive!) congrats on your light, I love the candle holder also;) Sally

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    November 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    amazing!!  I need to create something I am inspired!

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    Kostas Tsipos
    November 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Oh, wow. That is the most amazing room I have ever seen. You did a fantastic job. I can't even pick a favorite thing.Kristin It's brilliant! and you done a perfect job here … lovely room ideas 🙂

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    Mary Ellen
    November 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    That light is fabulous!  I'm wild about the shadows it casts!  I want to copy for my entryway….Great job.

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    Christine at First Home Love Life
    January 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Shut.the.front.door! You mean I’ve been living with an ugly brass fixture in my entry when I could’ve had this!? Going over to check out Mandi’s now!

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    Amanda Loomis
    March 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I think you are just awesome, I wished you lived in Idaho …. would love to have you redo my home. Your taste is just like mine and your so talented. Love your Blog


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    Traci Wade
    September 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I just love this project! It is so clever and easy, plus turning the old light fixture into a candle holder is double the awesomeness! I’m shopping garage sales for an old fixture so I can create this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    October 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Love this, can you include a step by step?

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    Elizabeth Sagarminaga
    March 28, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Awesome projects: You never cease to surprise me with your creativity, talent, and endurance! I admire you. I absolutely love it! Moreover, really enjoying your blog. You have given me a good idea that looks so great! I love the shadows too!

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    Christina Bader
    May 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Both are incredibly cool! I absolutely love your ideas and enjoy your posts!!!!!!!

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    May 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    2 thumbs up! ~:0)

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    Mary Anne Looby
    June 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    ok THIS IS before my time. I joined at kitchen time. How are the plant holders connected? there is a space between them. This is so freaking cool.