DIY: Cheap High-Hat to Pendant Conversion

  1. Alyson

    August 9th, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Looks great. Good work and so inexpensive. Love that!

  2. Shannon(8foot6)

    August 9th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Looks good! and SUPER cheap, who knew? I love the pendants! and the super large window and the farmhouse sink!

    AND I like your little soap caddy too….I posted my kitchen sink a week or so back and I am having trouble making the area ‘pretty’

  3. pine tree home

    August 9th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Great Tutorial and stylish solution.

  4. Linda

    August 9th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Love the lights. How was the fish?

  5. christine {bijouandboheme}

    August 9th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I wouldn’t have the first clue how to do this kind of thing- thanks for the great tutorial – they look fabulous!

  6. Karena

    August 9th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I love your pendants!! They look so great above the sink.

    Your husband is a keeper too. Did he do this project before or after cleaning the fish!!??


    Art by Karena

  7. Ashley @ A {Blonde's} DIY LIfe

    August 9th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Such a great tutorial! Thanks!

  8. kristen f davis

    August 9th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    looks awesome! I adore your mint green flooooors.

  9. Carol-Anne (Use The Good Dishes!)

    August 9th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Just bookmarked this page for my husband this weekend! Thanks for the really clear and concise pictures and instructions!

  10. Anna

    August 9th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    The pendants look great and so cheap! I am dying to learn how to change lights myself as pretty much every one in my entire house needs to be changed (think mostly strip fluoros!) and I dread the cost of an electrician. I’m still abit scared to give it a go myself though.

  11. Mr Goodwill Hunting

    August 9th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    This is really great. It helps to know a little bit about wiring as well. Such a great addition.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  12. Kelly@Bungalow Blue

    August 9th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Looks great! Loved the tutorial, too.

  13. Ashley

    August 9th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    No need to live with lighting you don’t love…and the “after” is great. Thanks for the very easy to follow tutorial (and helpful photos)!

  14. Libby

    August 9th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    wow, i am impressed! the new lighting looks great! and thanks for the step-by-step tutorial…i might have to try this in my house 🙂

  15. Amanda Eck

    August 9th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Love it!! Its perfect!

  16. carol@The Design Pages

    August 9th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    What a brilliant solution to the problem. I’m so glad I stopped by!

  17. Jamie

    August 9th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    These look great! We have a big window similar to yours in our house and I have been wondering what to do about it. This is definitely an option I will keep in mind!

  18. Kate {domestikatedlife}

    August 9th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Love the pendants, they look fabulous!

  19. bri

    August 9th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Looks good. I’m also looking for some pendants to go over our sink. I have one in mind from Restoration Hardware, same industrial look except this one is cheaper. Might consider it….

  20. Joi

    August 9th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I really like those! They are the perfect amount of industrial for your kitchen!

  21. Dayna @ Inspiration for Decor

    August 9th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    What a great fix – I never you could do that with a recessed light! It looks great!!

  22. Jae

    August 12th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    This is really great! The pendants look great and appreciate the tutorial!

  23. Sara

    August 12th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    SO great; thanks so much!! A couple of years ago we used the all-in-one kit from Ballard with burlap shaded drums for our kitchen peninsula and I love them. (And I’m working on convincing my husband that we also need a little one for over the sinks!) BUT, I have been looking for an easier/less expensive solution for other people and this is fantastic! Thanks!!

  24. Seb

    January 13th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I noticed that you have a double sink from IKEA in your kitchen. I have the same 🙂 I was wondering if you were able to find some kind of rack to put at the bottom of the sink in order to avoid scratches. If, so did you buy it online ? Where where where 🙂

  25. Brian

    February 27th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    What keeps the plugged in pendant from falling into the sink?

  26. effortless

    February 27th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    It’s capped. It has a steel cap that was part of the pendant kit. It has screws which screws into the lighting box.

  27. Brian

    March 1st, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I don’t see a cap. I see a hanging wire which is plugged inside the existing high hat. Whle the pendant kit has a round cover plate how does that plate secure to the existing fixture?

  28. Brittney

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I LOVE these and would love to put them up in my craft room. However I didn’t find in your post where to find these pendants… unless I missed it somewhere..?

  29. effortless

    March 5th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    They are from Home Depot. I couldn’t find them on their website.

  30. Nick Nardone

    August 8th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Great photos and write up.

    Did I miss a step though? Or ultimately is all the weight of the pendant lamp simply hanging on with the 2 prong plug-in that’s slipped into the socket converter??

  31. George

    April 12th, 2016 at 8:24 am

    This is a great tutorial, but at the end you said you screwed the cap up against the Hi Hat…what holds the cord from pulling out of the socket when hanging?

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