DIY: Cheap High-Hat to Pendant Conversion

  1. Alyson says:

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

  2. 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. Great Tutorial and stylish solution.

  4. Linda says:

    Love the lights. How was the fish?

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

  6. Karena says:

    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. Such a great tutorial! Thanks!

  8. looks awesome! I adore your mint green flooooors.

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

  10. Anna says:

    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. 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. Looks great! Loved the tutorial, too.

  13. Ashley says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    Love it!! Its perfect!

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

  17. Jamie says:

    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. Love the pendants, they look fabulous!

  19. bri says:

    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 says:

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

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

  22. Jae says:

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

  23. Sara says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

    • effortless says:

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

      • Brian says:

        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?

  26. Brittney says:

    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..?

  27. Nick Nardone says:

    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??

  28. George says:

    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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