While working on our kitchen remodel, we installed these corded pendant lights above our peninsula to add a little interest in the light department.
These pendant lights came from IKEA and started out a bit different. First of all, they were beige.
HERE is the actual link to these lights we purchased. I wanted a speck of blue against all the white in the kitchen, so I found some chalk paint at Hobby Lobby and painted it right over the beige.
My husband then hung them up – cord and all.
After awhile, I began to feel like the cord hanging down felt a bit cheap.
So my husband and I began to brainstorm how we could upgrade the look of our corded pendant lights.
We remembered that we actually bought an extra organizing rail from IKEA (link here) then we ended up needing, and realized it was in fact a hollow steel rod that would work perfectly to upgrade our fixture.
All it took was cutting the rod to size, and inserting the cord through the rod and hanging it up again.
Quickest IKEA hack ever!
Let me walk you through the specifics, in case you too have a corded light fixture you would like to upgrade.
Along with your corded pendant light, you will need a hollow steel rod. If you don’t have access to an IKEA, try exploring the hardware store or look around in curtain rods and see if you can find one the width you would like. The length can be adapted.
First, measure the length of the cord you have hanging down, so you know what size to cut the rod.
If your light is already hanging up, you’ll need to remove and un-wire the fixture.
The best way to cut the metal safely, is to clamp it in a vice. You’ll want to protect the surface of the rod with a rag or paper towels inside the clamp so you do not scratch the surface of your rod.
Cut the rod with a sawsall to the measurement you had pre-determined. If the cut leaves the metal a bit jagged, smooth it out with some sandpaper.
Simply insert the metal rod over the cord from the pendant light.
If using a cover plate as we have (bought at Home Depot), insert that as well. To get the rod tight up against the plate, wrap some electrician’s tape around the cord, or consider tying a knot in the cord.
Re-wire and re-hang the pendant light.
Now, stand back and be amazed at how easy that was to instantly upgrade your light fixture.
If you missed the rest of my kitchen tour, go HERE to get all the close-up details of our new space.