Sometimes you need to add lighting to a room or a space, but simply want to do the project inexpensively and without the need for an Electrician. To be honest I do wish my DIY skills extended to electrical because then I could be all that! However, because I don’t have those skills, I had to think inside my skill set and problem-solve my lack of lighting issue in our 1997 mobile home that we are DIYing on a very small budget to be a Fab Lake Cottage!
So now that I quickly updated you with pictures and comments that show the progression, I’ll start with how I made rustic brackets and what lights I purchased to resolve my lack of lighting on a very small budget. I had a few 1 x 4″ boards of Alder wood. I really wanted to do the brackets out of Alder because I love the grain and the knots of Alder. Since Alder is more expensive than pine, I really can’t use it for bigger items like the vent hood shown above because it wouldn’t keep me on budget for this renovation.
I ripped one of the two 1 x 4″ x 8′ boards into two. That allowed me to have a thinner piece to partially hide the cord on my pendant light.
I cut the following pieces for each corbel. I wanted the corbel bracket to be simple and purposeful. The groove on the back side allowed me to hide a portion of the electrical cord.
This is the product that I choose to order to hang from my rustic corbels. I thought they had a similar look to the single light fixture I had replaced over my sink. I also loved that the pair of corded lights were inexpensive. I bought the pair of lights for under $35.00
Before I stained and added poly to the corbel brackets, I held them in place to determine where they should go. With this placement, I felt that each corbel light bracket gave me considerable light on my countertop work space below. Plus they also added a bunch of light to the whole kitchen.
I just measured how far from each side of the vent hood I wanted the corbel to be placed. Then assured my line of tape was level so it could act as a guide while I attached them to the wall.
Click here to see the short video that I have on Instagram about this project.