Turning a block and tackle into an upcycled pulley light.
I want to be famous in a way a pulley is famous, or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forogt what it could do. – Naomi Shihab Nye
I’m probably sure you all know how we feel about thrift stores by now.
One of our very favorite places to go is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. In fact, it’s often a favorite date night evening
A while back we landed upon this gorgeous block and tackle/pulley for 5 buckaroos. It’s a moment that you quickly pay for it before anyone changes their mind.
The Mister’s wheels were a turning. What will we do with this thing of beauty?? At first, it just sat on the floor until we could figure out what project would best feature it.
When we did the One Room Makeover – Game Room and the light bulb went on…well actually that was the problem. It was just a light bulb in the staircase leading up to the game room. Hmmmmmmmm!
A pulley light was exactly what we “needed” for our industrial, rustic, salvaged, thrifted home.
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PULLEY LIGHT SUPPLIES
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- 2 Pulleys (one with a hook) – BLOCK AND TACKLE is what it is altogether
- Rope (we purchased 20 ft)
- Lamp Cord
- Ceiling Plate (canopy kit)
- Raintight Compression Connector
- Connector, Squeeze
- Edison Bulb
- Light Socket
- Metal File
- Large Ring
- Wire Cutters
- Utility Knife
WHAT WE DID TO CREATE THIS LIGHT
**PLEASE note, this is for inspirational purposes only. Consult a trained professional before attempting any projects you do not have expertise in.
- We ran the rope through the block and tackle the length we wanted it to hang.
- A short piece of leftover rope was tied around the upper pulley.
- Using the metal file the center hole of the cover plate was enlarged to fit the compression connector.
- The compression connector was attached to the cover plate in the newly enlarged hole.
- The rope and wire were fed through the compression connector then the squeeze connector was attached to hold both the wire and rope in place.
- The wire was fed along the rope to the light socket at the hook.
- The cage was attached to the light socket.
- We attached a large ring to the cage where the wire was attached to the light socket.
- It was then attached to the ceiling (again, all electrical work should be done by a professional).
- We choose to run the rope through an eye bolt on the wall for our specific look.
This is a fun light for our staircase and a great way to upcycle since we had a lot of the materials already.
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