Ikea Hack Barn Light


I’m really in love with barn lights, but they are so expensive.  When I found the Ikea Foto Pendant for $14.99 it gave me an idea.  An idea I couldn’t wait to run with.

It has that barn light look to it, but I wanted it to be that beautiful vintage blue enamel color.



First, I peeled all the labels off and used acetone based nail polish remover to remove any sticky residue that was left.


Then, I put the cord inside a plastic zip-lock bag and taped any exposed length to protect it from paint over spray.


I spray painted the aluminum shade and socket piece with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in satin aqua.



After letting it dry completely I assembled it.  Then my husband took over, because this is where it became tricky.  We had a recessed light over the sink, so he had to install a ceiling box and decorative cover plate to make work for the pendant.  You can find them at Lowes and Home Depot. He cut off the plug and shortened the cord.  The power was turned off before it was wired.  I added an Edison bulb for authenticity.




It is definitely better than the recessed can light that was up there. You can read about the Sunshine Window Treatment here.

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  1. says

    Oh my, that is ONE awesome Ikea hack! I just pinned it, so stinkin cute and WAY better than the recessed light for sure. And your sign is adorable too. What a cute kitchen, I love it.

  2. says

    Oohhh, I love this! I’ve been looking for a pendant light with which to replace my canned light over the sink. This one would be right up my budget alley. Such a great, simple transformation!

  3. amanda says

    Love love love it! I’ve been wanting to do this to the foto light and this is a great tutorial! The color is fantastic!

  4. says

    I have never been happy with the pendant I bought at Home Depot for above our sink….for $15 this is definitely worth a try!!! Thanks so much for the idea!! :) (found you at knockoffdecor:)


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