DIY Drum Chandelier

I've noticed the new trend of Drum Chandeliers.  I knew I wanted an updated fixture over the breakfast area besides the ugly one that we acquired with the house.  I hadn't changed it yet because I wasn't sure what I wanted to go over the table.  After seeing a couple versions of it by Jackie and Carrie, I thought a drum chandelier would be a great modern and casual update.

I went to Lowes to grab the Portfolio Mini Pendant Light Fixture.  The had a good selection of shades to choose from, whether it be glass or lamp shade.  I ended up choosing an off white shade after searching several other stores.

The pendant was pretty easy to put together.

1. Gather your supplies: light pendant kit, shade, nipples, and couplings.
2. Dis-assemble the light kit by unscrewing the rods and canopy from the socket.
3. Screw on a coupling and nipple.  This lengthens the piece on which your shade sits on.
4. Slide your shade onto the cord and rest it on the coupling.

5. Screw the first rod onto the nipple.  Add the remaining 2 rods one at a time.
6. Remove the inside bar from the canopy.
7. Slide the canopy over the wire.  The canopy insert rotates so you easily do this.  
8. Once the wire is inserted, straighten the canopy.  Follow the instructions to mount to the ceiling.

It was that easy.  Look at the difference.

Now I have an updated light that matches the house.  Now I'm pondering covering the shade with some pretty fabric.  But which fabric?

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