- By Joan
- May 20, 2020
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Upcycled Cream Separator pendant lamp
Have you had the opportunity to create an upcycling pendant lamp? If not, why not? No actual wiring is required. The hardest part is finding the object you want to convert.
For this project, my victim is this old rusty cream separator. I bought it at a flea market last year. How much would you pay for this rusty beauty? I’m proud to say I snatched it for $ 1.
You can check out all of my upcycling lighting here to give you a few more ideas.
At least I think my $ 1 find is a cream separator. If I’m wrong, please correct me. I am not always busy with my agricultural equipment.
It already has the shape of a lampshade, but what distinguishes the separator is a fine screen on the inside.
My trailer also had a lot of rust, which makes me think that it hasn’t been used as a separator for some time.
Take your grinder to the grate until you have a nice flat surface to paint on.
Spray paint the color of your choice to match your decor. I use rustoleum metallic gold for the outside and a satin black for the inside of the lamp.
I took that Pendant cable Michaels a few months ago when the store was actually open (yes, my store is still closed). I’m not sure if Michael is still running his DIY lighting line. I couldn’t find it online and the last time the cable was mentioned it was released. That could be the reason why I found mine for only $ 5.
Don’t worry, I also found light cables at IKEA, Home Depot and Amazon to help you get started on your search. You will find some with a plug so you can hang the cable on a hook on the ceiling, and those that need hardwiring. This has a plug … as I said, no wiring required.
The lower part is unscrewed so that you have about 1 cm of leeway to insert the lampshade of your choice. Some sockets offer a little more scope.
Use a compass (old fashioned circle maker) to create a circle on 1/2 “plywood that fits into the top of the cream separator.
Do the same for the center circle. The center circle should be large enough for the hanging socket to fit through the hole, but small enough for the top of the socket to not fit.
Cut your circles with a jigsaw or table saw.
The newly cut plywood can be easily clamped between the two sections of the lamp holder.
Color the plywood with the color of your choice. Dab E6000 glue sticks the disc onto the screen of the cream separator.
Slide the wooden circle on top of the separator.
Use a utility knife or scissors to cut out a circle on the screen that is the same size as the middle hole.
Screw the lamp tight. This is the bottom view of the lamp and separator.
You could be done at this point. I decided to add a little extra pop to my pendant with a few extra stripes.
For the bottom stripe, I placed a pencil on a board, the thickness I wanted for my stripe, and twisted the tag until I had a pencil line all the way around the lamp.
Hopefully you have a steady hand, because this black color stripe is painted freehand. I started with a bottle of black acrylic paint, but switched to chalk when I realized I had to apply two coats. Chalk paint covers so much better!
For the top stripe I could use painter’s tape or continue to paint freehand.
Why might you wonder if I wouldn’t use a painter’s tape on the bottom strip? That’s a great question … it may not look like it, but the sides of the lower part of the milk jug are slightly curved, which would result in the tape not lying flat in the shade, and I can’t stand the color bleeds.
The view from above of the trailer. I gave the wood a light layer of polyurethane, but that would be optional. I doubt anyone would ever see the lamp from this angle.
Use the lamp above a desk, a craft table or, like here, a gaming table.
We wish you a nice week and stay inspired.
This stool is the eleventh project of my flea market discoveries from August last year. Of course there is the pendant lamp, you can see him sitting on the rusty metal cart on the left. There is also an upholstered stool, a standing tree lamp, a wire reel table, a bar cart, the shelves from the desk drawers, lamps from the jack stands, a star made of tobacco sticks, a whale fat flag from a jack, coffee table from silo doors and a pair of stenciled heads from a free one Find on the roadside. Click on one of the links to view the full DIYs.
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