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DIY Chicken Feeder Light Pendant

I’ve been searching for the perfect industrial style pendant light fixture for Seth’s room for quite a while.  If you missed the first project in Seth’s room, it was a built-in closet industrial desk.    You can see the look I was going for – something industrial, yet quirky!  It’s been hard to find something that I like AND Seth likes!  I showed Seth several options that I found online, but he wasn’t thrilled about any of them.  So, I decided to be unconventional and keep an open mind while out shopping to see what I could use to make into a light fixture.  I found this rusty metal chicken feeder at a local antique shop and in my  mind I saw it –  an industrial style chicken feeder light fixture.
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rusty chicken feeder

I was so excited to bring it home and show Mark my amazing find.  He thought it was really cool and Seth gave a thumbs up (even if it was like – “well, let’s see how it turns out” thumbs up).   So I went to Home Depot and picked up what we needed to turn this old chicken feeder into a hanging pendant light for Seth’s room.   Home Depot sells a pendant kit for $14.99 that makes this project easy.

Mark drilled a hole into the bottom of the chicken feeder  and then followed the pendant kit instructions for the wiring.  We found a narrow Edison bulb to compliment the vintage style.  We also added a pull cord adapter to ours like this.
chicken feeder light
I initially wanted Mark to clean the chicken feeder and try to remove some of the interior rust, but he wasn’t too excited to do that and he convinced me that keeping the rust would make it more “authentic”!  And, I have to say – he was right about keeping the rust.  There are just a few pops of burnt orange already in Seth’s room and that orange rust ties right in!  And, it gives off a lovely glow at night!



Once we had the light in place and screwed in that Edison bulb – Mark and I both thought we had created such a wonderful, one of a kind, light fixture for Seth’s room.  That was until I decided to do a little Google check before writing this post and surprise, surprise – my original idea didn’t turn out to be so original!  I found Etsy sellers and other bloggers who had made their own chicken feeder pendant lights for quite a bit of $$$!   Okay, it’s not a one of a kind light fixture, but it does work perfectly in this industrial style space!  So, I’ll say, great minds think alike!
I’d love it if you’d pin my DIY Chicken Feeder Light to your DIY Pinterest Board – so it can feel at home with all the other chicken feeder light fixture pins!  Thanks a bunch from your humbled blogging friend!

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