Before I tell you about my latest project, I encourage you to pay a visit over at Adirondack Girl @ Heart. Each week, Diana features a “vintage blog of the week”, and this week I’m honored that she’s featuring Knick of Time!
I’ve sold quite a few barn pulleys over the last few years, but after I listed this one in my shop, I had second thoughts.
I loved the shape, and the patina on the wooden wheel. The more I looked at it, the more second thoughts I had, so I withdrew the listing. I had a feeling I’d regret it if it sold.
I finally pulled it out last week, and turned it into a hanging barn pulley light.
It’s the easiest project to do, because all you need to do is take a length of twisted cloth electric cord, and add an electric plug on one end, and a light light socket on the other end of the cord. No fancy tools or special skills are necessary!
I had a big rusty hook in my stockpile, which made a perfect hanger for it.
I prefer to use natural daylight light bulbs throughout my house, but since the bulb is so visible on barn pulley lights, I’m using one like an Edison bulb instead. I’ll be using this as more of an accent light than a main light anyway, so that’s okay. I’m so glad I went with my gut instinct, and kept the pulley for myself. I have it hanging in my entryway right now, but once our bedroom remodel is finished, I’ll probably use it in there.
Old barn pulleys can usually be found on Etsy and Ebay for anywhere between $20 and $50. I’ve always gotten mine at auctions.
I get all my old-fashioned lighting supplies from Vintage Wire and Supply Co. Their 8 ft. cloth covered cord kit is only $12, and includes a vintage style wall plug. All you need to add is a bulb socket (which they also carry), then wrap the cord around a pulley wheel, and you have a finished barn pulley light – ready to hang!
See more of my Repurposed Vintage Projects HERE.