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How to make a Colander Light Fixture {DIY}

I shared my Citrus Inspired Kitchen recently, and one of my favorite features is the colander light fixture in our table nook. Today I’ll share the simple tips so you can make your own.

How to make a Colander light fixture #chandelier www.KristenDuke.com

I figured if I could find a similar fixture, then I could just take it apart and replace the bowl part. I found a giant 7 quart orange colander, and was so excited!  I had seen already made colander light fixtures starting at $100 on up to $500. And I didn’t even like them! So….I got my orange colander, and found the most perfect fixture at IKEA that was already in pieces (meant to be put together, of course), it was fate!  ($30 at IKEA, $37 on Amazon for the same fixture). I got the 20 inch FOTO pendant lamp at IKEA, all I really wanted was the cord to ceiling part, and the light bulb attachment part. This is what it looked like before.

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Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover

I sure do love a little citrus in my life. I’ve had the colorful accents in my kitchen for several years now, but just with spatulas and bowls. My Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover brings me happiness, even it isn’t 100% how I’d like it. You see, my husband LOVES the cabinetry in our kitchen. The man doesn’t have much of an opinion about our home projects, but on my desire to paint the cabinets white (as we did in our last home) he has expressed his strong desire not to. I gotta let him have something, so this was one I decided not to push–for now. I’m thrilled with how the green planked wall turned out, we did the same concept as we did the pink planks in our Girls Fancy Bedroom Makeover.Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover

I’ve mentioned we are working on a room a month over here, and the kitchen was the month of May! We actually painted and planked the wall in mid May, but it seemed to take a few weeks to get the other details finished with school ending and travel. Besides the planked wall, I am SO excited about my colander light fixture! I’d seen it sold (as a light) somewhere a while back, and I thought it would make such a fun detail and DIY project in our simple kitchen decor. I was SO excited to find a GIANT ORANGE 7 qt. colander on Amazon for $30! You can find the same Calypso Basics Colander on Amazon, too. Lots of other fun colors and sizes from that link, as well. If you want to see how we made the colander chandelier light fixture, check out my tutorial: {DIY How to make a colander light fixture}

The space above my cabinets is so short, I had a hard time deciding what to do up there. I found some crates and painted them, and they were the perfect size! I’d still love to find hardware for the cabinets, but I can’t decide what I want. Also couldn’t decide if I wanted a window treatment to overshadow the planking and silverware, so for now, I left it very simple.… Continue Reading

Citrus Photography Art Prints

I’m so excited to share both my Citrus Photography Art Prints along with a fun monthly collaboration starting today with 10 creative blogs.  Each month on the 10th, the same 10 blogs will share a project around the same theme, and you can hop to their blogs to see and save their projects after viewing mine. Pin this collage below, and make sure you come back on the 10th each month! In May, the theme is CITRUS, below are the fabulous shares.

10 Citrus projects and recipes

To view and download prints from my share, the Citrus Photography Art Prints, scroll down below the hop.

citrus photography art

To see each contributors Citrus post up close,  join the Blog Hop! {In the event that the direct link to their posts don’t work when clicking on the title, click on the blogs main page link just before}. They are numbered according to the links below.

1. Capturing Joy shares Citrus Photography Art Prints for the home

2 .Eighteen25 sharing their Orange Party Punch recipe

3 .Landee See, Landee Do shares a  Crusted Lemon Cream Bars recipe

4. Little Miss Momma sharing diy Typography Mantel Art (Using Lemons)

5. Lolly Jane shares a diy Chevron Citrus Wreath tutorial

6.Or So She Says shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Gems

7. Simply Kierste has a recipe for Lemon Cupcakes

8. Six Sisters Stuff sharing a  Creamy Lemon Bars recipe

9. Thirty Handmade Days shares When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Cookies! Printable and recipe

10. Your Homebased Mom shares a Lemon Cream Cake Recipe

 

Citrus Photography Art Prints

I love photographing food lately, it has become a new art medium for  me. I’ve photographed people for so long, it actually is a challenge to stage food, just so. I love the way citrus colors blend together: limes, oranges, and lemons are so cheery and happy.  I shared my Fresh Squeezed Limeade post earlier in the week, and mentioned that I use limes several times a week with almost any Mexican meal. I also shared my Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip which has lime juice in it, and with my cheesy Queso, I liven up my chips with lime juice, too!

The citrus colors have always made me  happy, and I’d wanted to pull them together for some art prints for my home.

Citrus Photography Art Prints

{To download this vertical high resolution print without the ribbon on it, click here}

citrus photography art

{To Download this citrus photography art, without text, click here}

I’d love to see if you print them in your home! I suggest printing a 16×20 or larger if you are placing on your wall. If on a table top, an 8×10 or 5×7 will work. Sams Club or Costco 16×20 prints are very economical at around $5 each, just remember to un-check the box that says to color correct or it will likely turn out dark.  Do you like this stuff? More photography art prints in the future?

If you are trying to get better at photography, and want some tips, check out my beginner and intermediate photography books !

Make sure you don’t forget to stop by each month on the 10th, go ahead and grab a button and place it in your sidebar!

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