4 Kitchen-Right Lights Made from Cooking Essentials
Everyday items get a second, more illuminating life when you outfit them with plug-in or hardwired cord kits
A Real Mix-'Em-Up
What better way to light a kitchen than by dipping into a cook's own tool kit? This whimsical pendant light is a simple two-part project, created with a stainless-steel industrial wire whip ($37; WebstaurantStore) and a pendant cord kit ($10; IKEA). Before assembling, we gave our mixer a few coats of bright-red metal spray paint. Then we converted our plug-in cord to a hardwired version—you can have a full-service lighting shop help you do the same—and threaded it through the wire sides and open top of the whip. Fitted with an Edison-style bulb, the caged pendant is equal parts cheeky and charming—as ideas go, we think this one's pretty bright.