We love schoolhouse lights, like this one from Rejuvenation, but at $215 it is way out of our price range. I've found other ones that cost around $100, but even those are too expensive, especially for our kitchen that needs 3.
So, I turned to the world wide web to find some DIY tutorials for a schoolhouse light. I found some awesome ones and here are two that I turned to for this project:
The version that we ended up making combined a little bit from both blogs above. **At the end of this post, I've included the cost of everything and links to where we got it.**
We purchased a schoolhouse shade from Home Depot:
You can see from the following picture that the globe works with a 4" fitter:
We also purchased a mini pendant kit from Home Depot:
Since the light shade won't work with the pendant kit as it comes, we purchased a holder from MyLampParts.com to make everything work together.
We didn't take a real before picture of the holder as it came: in the picture below, the one on the left is one that Roman attempted to cut a larger hole, but his method didn't work out - that's why the top is dented in. The holder also comes with screws (not pictured). The right is one after Roman succeeded cutting a larger hole and spray painted it oil rubbed bronze.
Originally, we put the light together with the parts above and Roman held it up in our kitchen so we could see what it looked like. I was fine with it, but Roman really wanted the light to have a solid rod, not just a cord. I didn't want this project to take forever and I didn't want it to cost any more money so I was against it. But then Roman discovered an old curtain rod that was the perfect size to fit over the pendant kit cord. He cut it to our desired length and also drilled two holes as seen in the picture below:
Once we had all the parts we needed, we started assembling the new light. (not shown in the picture below are the mounting bar or mounting bar screws that are included in the kit):
First, we removed the set screws from the kit (both screws in the picture below):
Then we slid the canopy up the cord and removed it:
Next, we fed the cord through the curtain rod piece:
We lined up the holes on the rod with the set screw holes:
We put the canopy back on and then put back both set screws:
We removed the retaining ring:
Then slid on our holder:
We put back the retaining ring, added a lightbulb, and finally put on the schoolhouse globe with screws that came with the holder. Here it is completely assembled:
Roman was completely right about adding the rod. It looks so much more like the Rejuvenation inspiration light.
A few things to mention:
- The light is not completely rigid since the rod is just covering the kit chord and isn't actually attached to either the canopy or the holder. When installed, if someone were to bump the globe, it would swing.
- Our light is 4 different colors - the oil rubbed bronze color from the pendant kit, the oil rubbed spray paint color on the holder, the black curtain rod, and the brass of the holder screws. We could've spray painted everything the same color, but when we hung it up to preview, we really couldn't see the color differences. We can't even see the brass screws, unless standing on a ladder, so we just left them as they were.
Cost Breakdown (not including any tax or shipping charges):
- $5.97 - Westinghouse Lighting 7 in. x 8-1/2 in. Opal Schoolhouse Fan and Fixture Shade from Home Depot - LINK
- $17.97 - Westinghouse Lighting 1-Light Oil Rubbed Bronze Adjustable Mini Pendant from Home Depot - LINK
- $7.99 - Unfinished Spun Brass Holder for a 4" Fitter (SKU SL12058) from MyLampParts.com - LINK
- $0.00 - Curtain rod cut to desired length - Already had
- $0.00 - Oil rubbed bronze spray paint - Already had
Total - $31.93