How-To: Vintage Egg Basket Lighting

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

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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. (Finish your project with Step 4 on the next page.)

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