Laundry Room Farmhouse Light

See how I made our laundry room farmhouse light. I’m sharing my full, step by step tutorial and how I made it for under $30!

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, and what I used:

Laundry Room Farmhouse Light

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Supplies:

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!

99 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. 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

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

  3. 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

    1. 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

  4. 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!

    1. 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

    1. THANK YOU so much, Ingrid! I agree, it makes our laundry room feel more complete! 🙂
      Thanks for the sunshine!
      -Shayna

  5. 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!!!

    1. Awe, April! THANK YOU! I love it too… I walk in there just to stare at it! And today’s laundry day! 😉
      -Shayna

    1. 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

    1. THANK YOU so much, Meg! I’m so happy you’re going to make your own! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂
      -Shayna

  6. 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! 🙂

    1. THANK YOU so very much, Denise! This is pretty easy to make, but the chicken wire does like to bite a bit! 🙂
      -Shayna

  7. 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)

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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

    1. 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

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

  11. 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!

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

  12. 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?

  13. INGENIOUSLY BRILLIANT & perfect for a laundry room or mudroom. Love, love, love. (Can say it enough)
    As usual, your DIY photos/instructions inspire & make it a do-able project. (I think this qualifies as an “IKEA Hack” — you used a cheap Ikea product to make a more expensive & lovely product from another source). Thanks for generously sharing your idea & how to duplicate it!

    A note — I don’t think your instructions EVER confuse me . So you might want to restate (clarify) your “rings” comment — you said you “removed the inner rings” and in the next picture said stained them. It took me a third read to get what you were saying (I couldn’t see your dots); even though I could SEE what you did in the photos, I thought your description meant you “discarded” the inner rings & used the outer rings . Crafty DIY-ers will easily figure it out. Less crafty or less visual people might be a little confused A clearer way to state that would be to say, “I only used the inner rings” Second note – did you save the outer rings for some future project or did you trash/recycle them? Do you have a DIY/crafting “supply stash” in your basement? Do you have something in mind for the outer rings? I find lots of uses for the inner rings, but rarely (if ever) for the outer rings of embroidery hoops. Would love to see what inspired ideas you might have .
    Thanks again.

  14. This is beautiful! I’m wondering if you used 1-inch or 2-inch chicken wire? Couldn’t tell from the photos.

  15. Congratulations! I love the light fixture. We have a tiny little entry way from the backyard that leads into the kitchen and to the basement. I think this would be the perfect place for your Farmhouse Light! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Love your laundry room! Quick question- did you have any
    Shaking issues with your washer and dryer on
    Your diy pedestal?

    1. Thank you so very much! Our washer does shake a bit, but I’ve never had any problems with the pedestal. It’s very sturdy. I hope that helps. 🙂

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