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Colander Light Fixture

Chad has been itching to change out our kitchen’s overhead light fixture for the longest time. We had something that was nice enough, but plain. Looking on the internet for inspiration, Chad found a light fixture made out of a colander. The pattern the light made on the ceiling when the bulb was turned on was magical. Chad told me his favorite line when he showed it to me: “we can make that.”

For several months, we looked at every possible colander in the city of Memphis. We found beautiful, colorful ones at Williams Sonoma, but they were too small. We looked at some in Target, but theirs didn’t have a star pattern. Sensing that it might be tricky to find exactly what we wanted, the project got put on the back burner.

One day Chad was cruising the aisles of a local overstock store and finally found a colander that was a good size and had a star pattern. The only drawback was that it had feet instead of a base that would fit over our existing electrical whatnot. For $1.49, Chad decided to buy it and see what he could do.

First, he removed the feet from the colander. Chad then used a pair of snips to cut a hole in the bottom of the colander larger enough for a light bulb to fit through. He still had to figure out how to cover up the light socket on the ceiling. Thinking he would buy a medallion at the hardware store, Chad made a quick stop in our favorite thrift store first and spied a flat-bottomed colander with a star pattern. Problem solved! Almost. Chad still wound up at the hardware store because he had to buy a light socket extender. Like the other colander, Chad cut a portion out of the bottom of the second one large enough to accommodate a light bulb.

Here’s his finished product. Pretty kitschy, right?

Colander Light Fixture

We initially had one of those cool Edison bulbs in it, but the bulb was prettier than it was functional. It lit our kitchen about as well as I imagine a nightlight would. We’ve instead opted for a clear, standard bulb.

This light fixture is a good conversation piece during the day, but it really shines at night (I couldn’t resist the pun!). The pattern it creates on the ceiling is awesome. Pictures really don’t do it justice.

Colander Light Fixture at Night

With a little bit of money and some good luck, Chad created a super cool light fixture for our kitchen. This project has definitely gotten him thinking about other items that he can turn into lighting. I can’t wait to see what Chad comes up with next. Happy repurposed crafting!

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Cutting Board Tablet Holder

When I first got my Kindle Fire, I swore that I would never use it in the kitchen. I was too worried that it would get wet, or I would spill something on it. My resolve didn’t last long. Listening to Pandora while doing the dishes makes my least favorite chore a little more tolerable. Referencing a recipe on the Kindle is way easier than doing it on the computer.

Once I succumbed to having it in the kitchen, I started looking for a cute, DIY tablet stand or holder. I found Mamie Jane’s Kitchen Tablet Holder on Pinterest and immediately knew it was the one. The supplies are fairly minimal, so much so that we already had them at our house. I showed the pin to Chad and came home from work one day to a completed holder waiting for me. I know. He’s a keeper!

Cutting Board Tablet Holder

For Chad’s version, you will need an old cutting board, Scrabble tile holder, wooden wedge, wood glue, nails, hammer, spray paint, sandpaper, and clear sealer. You’ll notice that Chad deviated a little from Mamie Jane’s supply list. When he adhered the wooden wedge to the back with wood glue, Chad was concerned that it would not be strong enough, so he decided to make it sturdier with a couple of penny nails.

Nails in the Wooden Wedge

Other than that, Chad basically followed Mamie Jane’s instructions with the obvious exception of the color. If you know me at all, you won’t be surprised that Chad choose to paint it a bright color as opposed to white.

Assuring me that the holder was really easy to make, Chad is now on the hunt for more, old cutting boards at the thrift store so that he can make them for our moms. We’ll customize the holders to match their kitchens and have considered painting designs on them. Be sure to check back for pictures of our future creations. Happy repurposed crafting!

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