Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Industrial Light Cage Junk Project.


Do you ever find yourself gravitating towards the same junk? Okay, this is my third project using the same piece of junk...I can't help myself! I love industrial light cages!

Last June in my Country Home Cool Junk column I used these cool little buggers as luminaries. I flipped the cage to sit on a table top, wrapped colorful bandanna print velum inside, and added a glass enclosed votive candle.

Several years ago, I attached light cages to railing posts to resemble hurricane candle holders. I inserted a sand filled jar into each cage and added a candle to light the path down to the lakefront.


I couldn't resist when I ran across a bunch of light cages at Svinga Brothers Salvage a few months back. Since everything at salvage yards is typically purchased by weight...they were only a few bucks a piece. Yippee!


I bet you are thinking I could insert jars filled with flowers or candles for a stunning centerpiece. Why not organize my pens, markers scissors, string, etc. in my office or craft room? I decided to have a picnic! Fill the light cages with condiments and jars of silverware. Clever?


It was very simple to assemble. Overall finished dimensions are 18" high x 10" across at the base. I made a cross base, however just about any shape will work as long as it is sturdy. I glued and screwed a 1 and 1/2" square post to the base.


I screwed each cage (through existing holes) to each side of the post, tiering aproximately 3" apart.


Can't get any easier than that!


Recognize the flour sack I picked up for a buck at Renninger's Mt. Dora Extravaganza? I knew it would come in handy.

I know you are waiting to see my next project. The paint is now dry. I just need a model. Working on that! I can't wait to start on the ugly light fixture project!

Check out the Gallery to see the winner of the Good Junk Seal of Approval! You must visit Heather's website!
Peace,
Ki

19 comments:

LuLu & Co. said...

You make me smile. really to spend a day with you and see what you come up with would be amazing! I have a major obsession with mason ball jars and jelly jars right now! and wire containers to hold my ball jars... be still my beating heart! :) great post and perfect for summer months!
LuLu

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I love those old light covers! What fun ideas you have, so perfect for a cookout! :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is SO creative, I love it! I'll be linking.

Margo said...

Yes very clever. I just sold the 3 I got in MN, couldn't come up with anything for them. Now you've given me 3 ideas.
Margo

the undomesticated wife said...

That is just too clever! I always see this type of thing and think "why didn't I think of that!" ;)

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Get out with your bad self! Just when I think cages have seen their day, you come up with this! I love them attached to the post and used for organization or the picnic table. Yea, Ki! ~Mindy

Kathryn said...

This is very clever! I really like how it looks. If I ever ru across any industrial light cages somewhere I am going to have to see about picking some up and giving this a try.

Kris said...

Clever idea. Useful and it makes for a good conversation piece.

Kris

RaisedInCotton said...

Love this Ki! Wonderful!
Blessings,
Carol

Diann said...

Wicked cool!

Tracy said...

Oh gosh, that's so neat!

Cottage Elements said...

Ki, I've always loved what you did with these! I just haven't had much luck finding them. I should maybe try a salvage yard. There is something about them that is very appealing! Btw, a little birdie told me there might be something big in the works! Here's rooting for you!! You go girl!

Lanette

makemineeclectic said...

That is a really goegeous idea! I love it!

bec4 said...

I love these--I want to find light covers. I wonder what else I could find, that would be similar, hmmm-you got me thinking now!

Andrea said...

Love this idea!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Another brilliant idea!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Wonderful IDEA!! I love it!

Yes, I seem to gravitate to the same sort of things, too. They just tug at the old heart strings!

Happy to have found your blog! I missed reading your stories in Country Home.

Becky :)

Traci said...

I am so disappointed! I had just found several of those covers and thought..."what can I do w/ those?"

Well, after seeing this post, I ran back to the re-habitat store...and they were all GONE.....there were at least 25 of them....sheesh, I'll bet it was blog stalkers like me....

I am now looking for the perfect table to make the bed....so precious!!!

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