How-To: Vintage Egg Basket Lighting

Upcycle flea market finds to create exciting new pieces courtesy of the DIY experts at HGTV Magazine.

By: Jessica Dodell-Feder

From: HGTV Magazine

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Photo By: Thomas Liggett View original photo.

Thomas Liggett

Materials Needed:

  • egg baskets
  • cord kit (such as Hemma cord kit, IKEA stores)
  • paint

Step 1

Choose a basket with a hole in the bottom that measures 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Remove the metal handle with needle-nosed pliers. Spray-paint the basket and let dry.

Step 2

Wrap the plug of a cord kit in painter’s tape to protect it, then prime the cord with a shellac-based spray primer, such as Zinsser BIN Primer ($10, thepaintstore.com). Let dry.

Step 3

Spray-paint the cord and the outside of the socket to match the basket. Let dry, then remove the painter’s tape from the plug.

Step 4

Turn the basket upside down and feed the cord’s plug through the hole so the socket hangs inside. You may need to bend the basket’s wires so the socket fits snugly and the basket lies flat. Screw in a bulb and hang.

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