Laundry Room Farmhouse Light

As you know, we’ve been working on our laundry room. It’s been a process, but we are so close to being done!

And since today is $30 Thursday, I thought I would use the $30 budget to create a new light fixture for the laundry room.

If you’re new here, $30 Thursday is held the first Thursday of each month. April from House by Hoff, Jen from Migonis Home and I challenge ourselves to create a project that’s under $30 and easy enough that anyone can make it.

For this round, I created this:

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I would be lying if I told you that I’m not completely obsessed with it. I totally am. Especially since I’ve seen versions on the internet for waaay more than I spent on this.

I had a few requirements for the laundry room light. I wanted it to be unique, include wood tones, and look farmhouse vintage.

I think it’s perfect! Originally, we had a cheap-o $10 Ikea light in there. It worked perfect, but I always had the intention of switching it out later. With this light, I was able to reuse most of it, and just removed the previous plastic shade.

Here’s how I made it:

First, I started with two embroidery hoops. I used a 12″ and a 6″.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I removed the inner circle from both hoops…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

And stained them with Provincial by Minwax…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the wood dried, I grabbed my chicken wire and rolled it out.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I used the 12 inch embrodery hoop to determine the size of the light fixture…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I had the size measured, I used my metal snips and cut the wire.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I shaped the wire to fit the embroidery hoop and started wrapping the loose chicken wire together.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I had the sides tied together, I picked out the height and used my wire snips to remove any excess wire.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

To determine the proper size for the “top” of the light fixture, I used a 12 inch lampshade as a guide.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I laid it on top of the the chicken wire and used a sharpie to mark the areas I needed to cut…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I just started attaching the two pieces together with the loose wire.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

To determine the height of the top, I used the 6 inch embroidery hoop and pushed it over the top of the wire…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I used a sharpie to mark the areas where I need to cut, then removed the excess wire.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Which left me with this:

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, to add the final “top” piece, I shaped a small piece of chicken wire to the size of the top.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

To determine the top “hole” I used the existing light to guestimate how big of an opening it would need, and snipped a hole that would fit over the current light.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I attached it to the very top.

IFarmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

With that, I had a completed light fixture shape and it was ready for spray paint.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I used a combination of these three for the finish…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

After suspending the light fixture from a wire hanger, I gave the entire fixture a coat of black.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I sprayed on a coat of the hammered oil rubbed bronze and finished with a heavy coat of the textured spray paint.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Not only did it add a coat of grainy texture, but the color combination is fabulous and it looks a bit vintage and time warn.

The final step was to add the stained embroidery hoops, which are held on with wire…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I did the same thing to the top…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

To attach the wire light fixture  to the previous light, I used wire and wrapped it around the chicken wire and plastic light bulb cover.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I played around with it and pulled wire here and there to get everything even, and once it was, I couldn’t help but admire the results!

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I love how it adds that vintage farmhouse feel, while the wood draws your eye up.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

It looks perfect with everything else in the room…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

And it’s just what I wanted in there.

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

Something unique….

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

With wood tones….

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

And a vintage farmhouse feel…

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

I love how this room is coming together. I kid you not, it’s such a pleasure to do laundry.

Here’s a little before & after with the new light:

Farmhouse Light with Chicken Wire by The Wood Grain Cottage

It looks so much better and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.

Here’s what April & Jen have been up to this month…

April from House by Hoff created this absolutely fabulous chalkboard calendar… out of an old window! She has brilliant ideas for old windows… just look at it!

Old Window Chalkboard Calendar | House by Hoff

About April 1

And Jen from Migonis Home made this completely amazing directional sign from a reclaimed barn board! It’s large & in charge and I love it!

Directional Sign from Reclaimed Wood | Migonis Home

About Jen

I love $30 Thursday… and for good reason! Be sure to follow our pinterest board. It’s such an inspirational place and each project can be made for $30 or less!

Have a terrific Thursday!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Brilliant!!! I absolutely adore it!

  2. Shayna,
    You absolutely amaze me with your creativity! That light fixture looks fabulous!

  3. What a creative idea! It definitely says vintage farmhouse. Your sign is fantastic too! I’m a new follower.

  4. Wow! Very cool! I love it!!

  5. I love the chicken wire light fixture – gives me a great idea for my entry way – My home is a split level and the light fixture wiring is right at the entrance with a short stairway to the left of it – so I need something that is not bulky and this is perfect! thanks for the inspiration and instructions!

    • THANK YOU so much, Lourdes! I’m so happy it’s inspired you to make your own! It’s not bulky at all!
      Enjoy! :)
      -Shayna

  6. Need I say,” YOU DID IT AGAIN!” OMGness, Shayna!!! LOVE IT!!! Share those creative juices, would ya!!!
    Blessings & <3
    M

  7. Wow, This is amazing! I have been racking my brain trying to find out what to do in my kitchen! I am so doing one of these! Thank you for all the awesome instruction and pictures! Looks amazing in your laundry room!
    Jen

  8. All three of you girls are on fire! Awesome projects. Love them all!!!! The new light fixture is uber cute Shayna. Just perfect :)

  9. This is so cool, and I’m going to attempt to do this for my kitchen. What a creative mind you have :)
    Laura

    • THANK YOU so much, Laura! I am so happy that you are going to make one for your kitchen! Let me know how it turns out! :)
      -Shayna

  10. You have got to be one of the most talented bloggers I follow, Jennifer. I am always amazed by your projects and creativity. But I’m even more amazed at the quality of what you make. This light looks like something you could go to the store and buy, not a DIY that was made with embroidery hoops and chicken wire! I love each and everything you post!

    • THANK YOU so much for the SUPER SWEET comment, Jamie! I am so happy you love my projects! I’m a bit of a perfectionist DIY’er (hubby is too), so we try to make everything as perfect as possible. I’m just happy when it works out! ;)
      BIG hugs to you!
      -Shayna

  11. Gorgeous! I love it Shayna! you are so creative as always! :-) & it makes your laundry room feel more complete! :-) I love it, love it, love it !!!

  12. Might be my favorite $30 Thursday project or yours yet…and that’s saying a lot, because I always love your projects! You made it look so professional and finished! LOVE THIS!!!

  13. I love it. I agree with Jamie above about yours looking professional. I have seen a few lights made with chicken wire but they usually looked too funky for me. :0
    I am pinning this to save and maybe get around to myself. Thanks so much!

  14. I love this! You and your chicken wire!! LOL! Seriously though, the light cover looks so cool!

    Tania

    • THANK YOU so much, Tania! I know… I have a thing for chicken wire and I’ve enjoyed challenging myself to find ways to use the roll! :)
      -Shayna

  15. Okay I could hardly get over my shock and awe as I was reading this post… I am sooo impressed and inspired by your creativity! Wow!! Have to share on my facebook page:)

  16. Love! Love! Love! I’m so doing this!!!! It turned out awesome!!

  17. I think this is a fantastic idea! And your tutorial is also really great. Makes me feel like I might be able to do this too (as much as I dislike working with chicken wire! Actually, I think the chicken wire has it out for ME! Lol). But, anyway, beautiful job! :)

  18. How cute is this and so ingenious. I love the way it looks in your laundry room. I am following you and receiving posts via email.

  19. Love this! So creative! Off to pin. I found you on the link up palooza!

  20. Beautiful work! What a well thought out plan, and the results are lovely! Thank you for sharing this!

  21. Ummm, this is AMAZING! Love your creativity and it’s just beautiful! I’m featuring on my Facebook page tomorrow. Hope you don’t mind. :)

  22. Great idea, beautifully executed! Your instructions are really easy to follow too.

  23. This is one snazzy light fixture. You made it look so easy to make too. Love the way it looks in your laundry room!

  24. That light is absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job with it!

  25. I am loving that light! I just wish I had 1 tiny ounce of your creativity.

    Again, thank you for providing such clear, easy-to-read, instructions.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  26. This is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I would love to attempt to make one for above my kitchen table! I love how it looks in your laundry room!

  27. Shayna,
    this is so cute and creative! I never would have thought to make a light like this myself! Amazing job, I may just have to copy you ( Mine may not turn out as well though!).

  28. wow, this is super cool, I love it! perfect for a farmhouse laundry room!

  29. You are hands down the smartest lady on earth. I adore your new light fixture. It’s the perfect accent for your laundry room and oh so dreamy to a lover of chicken wire like myself.

  30. This is amazing!!!! Incredible!!! Thank you for linking up, this beautiful light will be featured Sat:). Jen -City Farmhouse

    • THANK YOU so very much, Jen! I am so honored {& really excited} to be included in your Saturday features! :)
      Hugs to YOU!
      -Shayna

  31. I SO love this idea! New follower to your blog and I’m going to spend some time browsing, but I would LOVE if you would come link up to my From the Farm Blog Hop. It just started this morning. We would love to see you there!
    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/09/from-farm-blog-hop-and-diy-table-from.html

    • THANK YOU so much, Lisa! I am so happy to have you as a new reader! Welcome to the WGC! :)
      I’m off to check out your blog and link up!
      -Shayna

  32. Awesome! You did a great job, I love it!

  33. So cute! It is a perfect fit for your laundry room!

  34. That light fixture is so cool. Great idea!

  35. A nice touch for the modern laundry room.

  36. Beautiful idea, what a great piece that goes with everything!

  37. Good morning from 1840 Farm! Your post was my selection for a weekly favorite from last week’s From the Farm Blog Hop. Your post is one of the six featured posts in this week’s hop. Come take a look and grab a From the Farm Favorite badge to proudly display on your blog. While you’re there, you can add up to three links to this week’s hop. I can’t wait to see what you share!

    Jennifer @1840Farm

  38. Love everything about this! You’re so right that it brings the laundry room to a whole new level. ~M.

    http://redesignedbym.wordpress.com/

  39. Wonderful DIY! It’s featured in a roundup of the best DIY lamps & lampshades from September on my blog. Love your work :)

  40. This is the coolest thing in DIY lighting I have come across. I think I can actually do this! I am pinning, and came over from my friend Shannon’s blog at Fox Hollow Cottage. Thanks for sharing!

    • THANK YOU so very much, Karen! I’m so happy you’re going to make your own! :-D
      Welcome to the WGC! So happy you came to visit! :-D
      -Shayna

  41. Audrey Corrales says:

    I just saw this post perusing the web and wanted to know the light that you used in this project, is it some type of pendant light?

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