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
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.
Gleaming aluminum combined with midtone wood creates a warm industrial vibe.
1. Tape off each grater's top handle, marking a hole big enough for the cord to fit through.
2. Cut a length of wood to size. We used a 20-inch pine 3x3. Drill three evenly spaced holes for cords.
3. Feed the cords through the graters, securing them with a small knot before stringing them through the wood. Braid cords together before hanging.
Simple cups are even more charming when hung as a set.
1. Cover the bottom of each cup with masking or painter's tape to help prevent the enamel from chipping when you drill.
2. Mark a circle on the tape that's big enough to thread your cord through. If you're using a plug-in cord, size accordingly.
3. Drill the hole, then string a cord through. Round LED bulbs keep cups from heating up.
Lots of little pinholes make for a brighter light—and generously sized handles add some flair.
1. Mark a hole on the bottom of the colander, and drill with a bit made to cut metal. Use tin snips to widen the hole as needed.
2. String the cord through. Screw in a hefty globe-shaped bulb, then hang the lamp wherever you need a little extra light—or culinary inspiration.