Barn Pulley Light | Easy Farmhouse Industrial Project

Barn Pulley Light | Easy Farmhouse Industrial Project

Making a barn pulley light is one of the easiest projects you  can do.  You can have it finished in 5 minutes.  No tools or knowledge of electrical wiring  are necessary!

I’ve included the short supply list to make it easy for you to make one yourself.

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.

antique barn pulley

I finally pulled it out last week, and turned it into a hanging barn pulley light.

It’s the easiest project you can have finished in 5 minutes.  No tools or knowledge of electrical wiring  are necessary!

Affiliate links are included below to the inexpensive products you’ll need to make your own barn pulley light.

Edison bulb

I had a big rusty hook in my stockpile, which made a perfect hanger for it.
barn repurposed pulley 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.

Industrial farmhouse barn pulley light | an easy DIY project with supply list |


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 used a vintage style cloth covered cord kit which includes a vintage style wall plug and bulb socket.  All you need to do is wrap the cord around a pulley wheel, and you have a finished barn pulley light – ready to plug in and hang!

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Industrial farmhouse DIY barn pulley light |

See more of my Repurposed Vintage Projects HERE.

repurposed vintage

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  1. Very cool project, Angie…love the industrial look…

  2. I love pulleys so I had to check it out! I love it!

  3. Wow, that is fantastic…love it. It would work here at my old farmhouse….hummmm.

  4. Love this Angie. I’ll have to start hunting for the perfect pulley now.

  5. How clever and imaginative is this? You have me kicking myself now that I didn’t bid on any of the pulleys at the last auction…they had about six of them and they wound up going for $25 each, which according to the Etsy prices you stated, is a fair price. I’ll be watching for them now, you can bet…I’d love to try this! Thank you for sharing this wonderful project as well as the links to the materials used because that will definitely come in handy!

  6. I just have to say, I love this. I mean it has everything that I love…..vintage pulley, large vintage hook, and an Edison bulb. A simple project without lots of tools, it’s the project for me. I have a pulley and hooks also and I will probably hate It when they sell. I have thought about pulley myself several times.

  7. Hey Angie … love your light. The pulley is beautiful.
    Congratulations on being featured by Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart. She does a beautiful job on her features. Well deserved, my friend.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  8. Diana did a wonderful job featuring you Angie!! You are so talented!

  9. AWESOME Angie!! I love it 🙂

  10. Love the pulley light, Angie 🙂 Thanks for the shout out! The comments on the post about Knick of Time have been lovely–

  11. I love this idea!

  12. Seriously Awesome Angie!! I NEED this in my house somewhere! I might have the perfect corner for it too… I’ve been trying to figure out a lighting solution! Pinned!

  13. Lillian Cagle says

    I love this idea! I hope will be able to come over this summer sometime!

  14. What a beautiful accent light!

  15. I love this, and somewhere in the garage I have 2 pulleys I need to find now…


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