I gave her a white-washed coat of paint (1 part DIY chalk paint in antique white to 3 parts water) and brushed it over the outside, inside, top and bottom.
I wanted to maintain all the unique quirks about this piece and allow some of the worn beauty of the wood to shine. By only whitewashing it, the printed lettering still shows through, along with the grooves and wood grain.
I used a Westinghouse pendant light kit for the hard wired fixture. These are made to allow homeowners to install their own choice of glass pendant shades. I just went a different route and attached a crate to mine. Works for me! I liked this kit the best because the cord was wrapped, not with a chain or the dual split wire.
As you can see from the pictures, I wrapped my cord in rope. I had seen lamp cords wrapped in rope on Pinterest, and an awesome rope pendant from World Market. I put the two ideas together to create my DIY rope pendant cord.
I drilled a hole in the top, just wide enough to fit the light socket, using a spade bit. After pushing the light fixture through the hole, I threaded the bracket back on and added a fun energy efficient LED Edison style bulb.
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