First Thing Removed: Drapes and Cornice Board
Switch Light Fixture to Something I LOVE…
Thank you, West Elm for the inspiration!
We found a similar one at CB2 for a total deal!
At our last house, we adapted a pendant light and then added a drum shade to attempt to make our own imitation of West Elm. It looked good, but not great! The perfect dimension for the drum shade was hard to find and so we went with close. The West Elm Pendant Light needs to be converted to a ceiling fixture because it comes with an outlet plug. Converting this wire to a ceiling light is pretty simple. CB2 even has free shipping right now!
We ordered a Hampton Bay Fast Attach which comes in a nickel finish from Home Depot. The offer free shipping to store with this product. When they both arrived, my electrician (aka, my hubby) took down the old light fixture (we donated it to Restore). Then we decided on how low we wanted the light to hang above our kitchen table. We decided to have the bottom of the drum shade 32″ above the table. Based on where we wanted it, a large portion of the electrical wire needed to be cut off. Look at the picture below and you’ll see what I mean!
Once you’ve removed some of the excess wire, but left enough to hang at your desired height above your table AND some surplus for connecting the wire to the ceiling wires, it’s ready to be installed.
First things first…TURN OFF SOURCE POWER. Take your this wire that once was attached to the plug and notice how there are two wires, each covered with plastic and slightly fused together. Separate these two wires. Once you get the first part started it is almost like they are perforated because they separate so easily. You will find a wire under each plastic coating. Take off about a half an inch of the plastic coating to expose each wire. In the ceiling you’ll see two matching wires. Join the black wire with the pendant wire that has a black stripe AND join the white wire with the white pendant wire. Twist the matching wire ends together and then screw on a wire nut onto each set. Join the ceiling copper wire with the pendant copper wire and twist so that your fixture is grounded.
Turn the power back on, put a light bulb into the fixture and turn on the switch to make sure the wires are properly connected. Turn the power back off and finish attaching the fixture to the ceiling according to the package directions (in our non-expert verbiage, shove the wires into the attic, pull the canopy up to the ceiling and tighten the screw until it is tight and secure). Approximate time: 25 minutes.