You remember these beauties from last week’s post, right? I must have really stumped y’all because I only had one guess. Reader Corrie did correctly guess that they are funnels. Specifically, automotive oil funnels. My plan was to turn them in to industrial looking light fixtures. Unusual light fixtures are one of my favorite ways to bring character to my home. I think these turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself! Keep reading to find out how to repurpose antique oil funnels to industrial light fixtures.
So how did I come up with this idea? Well, to give you a little context we already had this industrial beauty from a trip to Tucson in January 2013. It is a patina’ed copper on a counterweight pulley system. Ever since, I’ve been looking for ways to replace all the 90’s builder grade fixtures in our house with pieces of character and interest. We’re still only about half way there. Kindly ignore the popcorn ceilings. My plan is to beadboard over them one of these days.
So when I ran across these green beauties at the Nashville Flea Market with my sister, I knew what I had to do. I happened to pick them up for a song at $40.00 for the pair. My sister was skeptical, as were the dogs.
The husband thought I was going to paint them and cut the narrow ends off. Nope, I literally just bought two pendant light kits and threaded them through the funnel as is. This kit is very similar to what I purchased (but actually $4.99 cheaper than what I brought home): Single-Light Mini-Pendant Kit (affiliate link).
All in I made these for $40.00 per light, plus dinner for my husband in exchange for the labor. Usually I do our lighting, but with the fractured shoulder, I needed to bribe the hubs. He removed the offending fixtures, checked the wiring and prepared the new fixture for hanging.
I’m pretty ecstatic about how they turned out. Especially after switching out the bulbs to natural light condensed fluorescent. Obviously, I still need to paint the ceiling where the previous fixtures were, but I couldn’t wait to show you! I love them.
So what do you think about my repurpose? Are you ready to go to the flea market and find something unusual to repurpose for yourself? Have you repurposed odd things in to lighting? Tell me about it in the comments below. I’ve still got a lot more light fixtures to replace!